A song inspired by Charles Dickens’ famous book A Christmas Carol has been recorded in a bid to become a classic festive hit.
The song, A Christmas Carol, named after the classic Christmas tale, has a powerful message of goodwill to all. It was commissioned and sponsored by Cause UK, a specialist agency working in the beyond profit sector, for the Malton Dickensian Festival.
The recording features two choirs and the UK’s number 1 Gospel singer, Philippa Hanna.
MD of Cause UK and Festival director, Clair Challenor-Chadwick, said: “Our festive song celebrates all that is good about the Christmas spirit of generosity, as penned by Charles Dickens in A Christmas Carol.
“The nation’s favourite Christmas book with links to Malton is still much loved and immensely popular – a book that has never been out of print since it was published in 1843. With its catchy feel good tune, lyrics that tell Dickens’ tale and the mix of soloists and choirs – this song is aiming high as a classic legacy for Christmas.”
The song also launches an annual Christmas Carol writing competition.
Malton Male Voice Choir and Harmonia Choir braved a chilly winter’s morning to take part in the music video recording at St Peter’ Church, Norton, Malton.
There were also solo performances by David Ackroyd of the Malton Male Voice Choir and Rafe Chadwick, 10, from Harrogate. Members of the Charles Dickens Malton Society dressed in Dickensian costume and Joan Lawrence, Mayor of Malton attended the recording to show her support.
Philippa performed the song with the choirs in the church then filmed a music video in the market town.
She said: “I was delighted and honoured to support and sing on the recording of A Christmas Carol. It deserves to be a huge success. The story is much loved for spreading the spirit of Christmas and a message of how to live a good life. It’s known not just by Dickens fans, but is very much part of our culture with movies like Scrooged and It’s a Wonderful Life.”
The song will be performed live at the festival on December 18 by the Malton Male Voice Choir and the town’s Harmonia Choir.
In 2013, Clair Challenor Chadwick led the campaign, which raised funds to buy and ‘bring home’ a rare signed copy of A Christmas Carol, which Dickens sent to a friend’s widow in the town. Clair went on to found the Malton Dickensian Festival to build on this Dickensian legacy.
Clair added: “We really want to engage people locally in Dickens’ work, to inspire people through the arts from music to literature, as well as boost cultural tourism to the market town and show off the incredible legacy Malton has with one of the world’s most celebrated authors.”
For more about the Malton Dickensian Festival events, which includes a talk by Harry Potter star and Dickens fan, Miriam Margolyes, go to www.maltondickensianfestival.com
A Christmas Carol will be available on ITUNES on Monday 30th November. Funds generated will contribute to the running costs of the Malton Dickensian Festival, which is a charitable arts and education project.