A local CofE school choir is celebrating chart success as its pop single hit the number 1 spot.
“She owns the world”, sung by St Bartholomew’s CofE School, Haslemere, went straight to the top of the children’s iTunes chart when released last week, and is part of an album of contemporary pop songs called “Pop or Not”, which will be available on CD, vinyl and to download on 9 December.
Seventeen talented St Bart’s choristers, all aged between 6 and 11, recorded the tracks earlier in November at the legendary RAK studios in St John’s Wood, London, accompanied by Sally Hollyer on piano and headteacher Charles Beckerson on guitar. Additionally, all 420 members of the school lent their voice to the chorus of “She owns the world”.
Head teacher, Mr Beckerson said:
“At St Bart’s we thrive on creativity and providing as many opportunities as possible for children to learn and express themselves in exciting, engaging and different ways. Our school vision is ‘We are excited about life and learning and dare to chase our dreams’. This project has been another huge step forward toward that shared vision for us.
"We had the most fantastic and rich experience at RAK studios, recording the album on the desk which was used by the Beatles in Abbey road back in the 60s. Since then, the children have been excited to go straight in at number 1 in the iTunes children’s singles chart and to be mentioned by Lauren Laverne on BBC 6 Music. We’re on an amazing journey and having a wonderful time altogether. Long may it continue!"
The choir’s musical opportunity arose through record label CRC Music, who approached the school with the idea of making an alternative version of “Pop or Not”, which was released earlier this year by Manchester group, Whyte Horses.
Whyte Horses’ front man, Dom Thomas, explained further the ideas behind the project:
“Initially we didn’t think we’d be able to pull off recording a full album, but as soon as we sat down with Charles and Sally we realised they were as enthusiastic as us to give the kids this unique opportunity.
“These are pretty dark times we live in and I feel it’s fitting to try and bring some of that innocent, unbridled joy back into the murky world of the music industry. We want these kids to really connect with the melodic side of our songs and hopefully spread the message of melancholic positivity we’ve been striving for in our own recordings. 'Pop or Not' was designed as an ode to childhood sensations, so it’s the perfect album to have children performing cover versions from.”
You can pre-order 'Pop or Not' by St Bart’s Choir now on iTunes, or on CD or LP on Amazon.