It’s Christmas Time – Charity Single for Age UK

Age UK Christmas

This Christmas we have the privilege of recording a Charity Christmas Single with Age UK in Bath and NE Somerset and their choir directed by Matt Finch

A few months ago I was invited to a concert at Age UK in Bath.   The concert featured the choir of Age UK which is run by my good friend Matthew Finch.   Matt is no stranger to choirs in Bath and indeed has recently run a very successful day of choral workshops called ‘Choir Lab’.  If you missed out this year then I believe he is planing to run it again next year!

Anyway, back in the Summer Matt invited me to a concert he was running at Age UK, and as it was during the school holidays I took my 6 year old daughter along.   The concert was just the right length to keep a 6 year old amused (particularly with the promise of ice cream to follow!).

Christmas Single Recording

And so, in November 2019, I returned to Age UK in Bath, this time to record a Christmas Single with Matt and his choir.  As well as recording the song they were also recording a video which will soon be available to download on You Tube.

age UK Bath
The Recording Venue

The plan for the recording was that the Age UK Choir would be joined by some pupils from Widcombe Primary School and as well as our Audio recording Matt had arranged for a video recording which would later feature on You Tube.

Within half an hour, I had everything set up and we were ready to record.

Age Uk Recording
Microphones being set up

Whilst I was setting up the Microphones, Matt was recording the video with Rachel and the pupils of Widcombe Primary.

Age UK Video
Recording the Video with Age UK

There followed a short refreshment break and then everyone relocated to the back room to record the song.  At this point the Age UK Choir was joined by the choir of Widcombe Primary School.

Age Uk Christmas
Recording the Single

The Song

It’s Christmas Time is a brand new song written by Matt Finch for the Age UK Choir.  Apparently the tune came to him whilst walking in Wales a few weeks beforehand.  And what a fab tune it is!   One of those instantly memorisable sing along type of tunes which is absolutely ideal for a Christmas Single.

Matt had created the backing tracks which we played whilst the Age Choir and School Choir sang.   The children of Widcombe Primary then added a harmony section to the end of the song with Matt recording an additional harmony line at the end.

Matt and Age UK
Matt Finch with the Age UK Choir

After the recording we produced the song along with 50 CDs which were distributed via Age UK in Bath.  The song is also available as a digital download.   We hope the single is a great success for Matt and the Age UK Choir.

You can purchase a digital copy of the song through our online shop. All proceeds from the sale go directly to Age UK in Bath and North East Somerset.

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