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School’s song sounds just right for no.1

IN TUNE: Some of the pupils at Linchfield Community Primary School record their contribution to iTunes hit We Are The Young.*

IN TUNE: Some of the pupils at Linchfield Community Primary School record their contribution to iTunes hit We Are The Young.*

Forget the radio, you might recognise voices a lot closer to home topping the iTunes chart this week.

Linchfield Community Primary School in Deeping St James put their musical talents together for a whole school project that was so in-tune with their ethos they set their sights on a number one spot in the online music store’s UK chart.

Helen Carrington, assistant headteacher, said: “We were looking for a song project that reflected the spirit of the children and the school, but struggled to find a song that really suited us.”

To ensure they sounded just right Neil Johnston, from Store Van Music, was enlisted. He called the project a “relevant and exciting music education of the grandest scale”.

Neil delivers music workshops with fellow producer Brad Mair and before long what was once a meeting room became the heart of their ambitious project: a professionally kitted out recording studio.

Neil, seasoned composer and producer, said: “When we arrived and began setting up the studio we could see the anticipation on the learners’ faces.

“A recording studio, set up in their school, for their song release on iTunes, to see their name alongside that of world-famous artists.”

Staff got involved too, performing the backing track, but one star of the show was Charlie Capper, who sang a solo and played guitar.

He said: “I was nervous when I was waiting to go into the studio, but Neil and Brad made me feel really comfortable.

“It was amazing how they transformed the meeting room. Everyone was really excited and people were walking along the corridor singing loudly, not just the children but the teachers as well.”

Other students said they were just as nervous but also “wild with delight” and called it a “once in a lifetime opportunity.”

‘We Are The Young’ is downloadable from iTunes now.

 

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