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It began with a tune…

When composer and pianist Katie Elliott sent a tune across the Channel to lyricist Anthony Marks, she wanted to create a song to celebrate friendship and people‚Äôs power to change things. She recognised that the love and support of her community had made all the difference to her when she needed it and she wanted to give something back.   ...

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An extraordinary community

Gathering round her a large team of local people in her home-town of Wotton under Edge, Gloucestershire, Katie masterminded a huge project to create a charity single and music video performed by members of the community. Singers of all ages rehearsed long hours, making new friends along the way. Dancers, skateboarders, shop owners, scouts –...

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A prestigious team

A team of top professionals soon volunteered to become involved. The song was produced and arranged by Ian Dean, a London producer who had collaborated with some of the best pop, jazz and classical musicians in the world. Musicians Jim Barr, Andrew Tween, Fiona Barrow and Andy Christie had toured and recorded with numerous major artists between ...

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Media interest

The local and national media became involved. There were numerous radio interviews and pieces in the national press, such as this one from the Daily Mail and this one seen by 3 million Metro readers after the music video was premiered at Wotton Electric Picture House. Soon people were getting in touch from all over the world, including the team ...

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Flashmobs

The soloists and choir travelled to London to perform as a flashmob. They sang for thousands all around the capital, including as many major landmarks as they could manage. The next day, their story appeared in over 150 newspapers. There was talk of a surprise chart hit… In the end, it was the Military Wives who provided the year’s h...

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