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Posted by: Staff | 11 November 2017

CFS is bringing out a Christmas single!

In September 2017, the ETS (Equipped to Serve) team at CFS were approached by Kingswood Manor to see if we would be interested in writing and recording a Christmas song with their elderly residents about the meaning of Christmas to different generations. We felt this would be a good fit for our Y11 ETS students, as from the beginning of the year we had recognised this group as having a particular calling to serve through music, and the song would be another way to cement the rewarding inter-generational relationships we have established over the last year through our befriending project at Kingswood Manor.

The regional manager of Harbour Care (of which Kingswood Manor is a part) - Ian Forshaw - has a background in the music industry, and although he has spent 30 years in the caring profession, he has continued to write and perform songs, and has many contacts on the music scene in Liverpool. He created a stimulus piece which our Y11 musicians and singers have developed further, composing the music with the assistance of Simone Dale, a former parent and friend of CFS and Paula Virr, music teacher at CFS. A sub-group of Y11 students have worked on the lyrics, developing ideas about old people and young people’s experiences and memories of Christmas - and what the real meaning of Christmas is for us all. Jill Smith, the Activities Co-ordinator at KWM, gathered memories from the elderly residents and we wove some of these into our song:

Remember those days making paper chains
Homemade toys and snowy days
Remember those jumpers made by Mam
People shared whatever they had.

Thanks to Ian’s amazing generosity, we have been given the opportunity to record our song at Parr Street Studios on Friday, 17th November. The song features a choir of eight elderly residents, including one soloist (Evelyn), a choir of primary children from Springwood Heath school and a band of instrumentalists and singers from CFS. This is an incredible experience for our young people as Parr Street is a top-notch professional recording studio (ColdPlay use it along with many other well-known artists).

What we need now are drivers to take our students down there, leaving school with the band and singers at 8:45 (or a little earlier) and to take them home at the end of the day (time to be confirmed). There will be up to 18 students. We also really need a video recording cameraman / woman to document the recording. And we are looking for help with burning tracks onto CDs which we hope to sell alongside digital downloads. If you have expertise in this area, we would love to hear from you! Finally, we need a set for the front cover - a cosy living room with Christmas tree and roaring fire. Profits from the single will go to provide Christmas gifts and aid for homeless people in Liverpool.

Any offers of help to Mrs Boulton (rb@cfschool.org.uk) or Mrs Virr (pv@cfschool.org.uk).

And do pray for our students as they work on this project.

Mrs R Boulton