The students recorded the song in one day. (Credit: Simon Aldridge)
Christmas singles in the cost of living crisis have become more about charity than the charts and now primary school students in London are launching a bid for a Christmas number one to keep their school open.
“I said we should try to fundraise to close the deficit and then I had this crazy idea that we should go really big with it and try to get a Christmas number one,” said Daniel Edelstyn, whose son attends the school. “It just popped into my head.”
The school warned that ongoing budgetary issues would mean the children would lose out on vital education and that redundancies of staff would be the only way to make up for the shortfall.
The campaign is the brainchild of Edelstyn and Hilary Powell, both of whom are involved in the project POWER, which is aiming to build solar panels across the rooftops of north east London to tackle climate change and the energy crisis by “turning every viable building into a renewable energy source.”
Edelstyn told the Big Issue that he was “so shocked” when he found out about the issues the school was facing with the budget.
While the £50,000 the school is trying to raise would be “a good start” to plugging the funding gap, Barn Croft will need more in the future for it to solve the ongoing problem, he said.
The school recorded their version of “You’re The Voice” in just one day with different year groups doing their parts at different times.
“There were limited rehearsals but the lyrics of the song were sent out in the school newsletter beforehand. We worked with a music producer to make a version in the right pitch for the children and it was sort of like a big karaoke night,” Powell told the Big Issue.
Only the students can be heard on the final recording but Powell added that all the teachers were in the room singing along in the background: “Everyone did really well, it was a good team.”
Powell and Edelsytn are optimistic about reaching their crowdfunding goal and feel that they have a good shot at reaching number one in time for Christmas.
So far, the crowdfunder has raised over £16,000 with 25 days left for people to donate.
Powell said, “We’re very aware that we have to compete with songs like Lad Baby but we’re already really excited and we really want it to build awareness around the funding issue Barn Croft is facing.”
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