#CarolForYorkshire – the update

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Over the past year, students at Greenhead College in Huddersfield, West Yorkshire have been working on a charity Christmas single to support the Make-A-Wish Foundation. ‘What Would Jesus Say’ was written by 17-year old music student Louis Enright and was performed by approximately 125 singers from Greenhead College and three primary schools; Mount Pleasant Primary School, Spring Grove Primary School and Reinwood Junior School.

Louis’s carol was the winner of Greenhead College’s #CarolForYorkshire competition which ran in Summer 2018 and was supported by local music hub Musica Kirklees. Students from schools across the district were invited to compose their own charity Christmas carol, and the entries were judged by Thom Meredith, Principal of Musica Kirklees.

The project is in aid of the Make-A-Wish Foundation; a children’s charity who make the wishes of seriously ill children become reality. In the first two days, the carol received over 4000 views on YouTube, and has already been streamed hundreds of times across Spotify, Apple Music, iTunes and Amazon Music.

The recording of the carol took place at Holy Trinity Church, Huddersfield on 21st November and the official launch was held in college on Monday 3rd December. As well as raising money for this incredible fund, the aim of this festive endeavour is to bring together children of all backgrounds and experiences using music and the Christmas spirit.

Louis states he decided to enter because ‘[he likes] composing and it would [gave him] something to do in the 11-week long summer break.’ He added that he ‘was very excited to hear that I won the contest and was excited when [he] first heard the finished result.’

Simon Jacobs, Head of the Music Department at Greenhead College commented:

We are really excited about the Carol project and it is fantastic to have three local primary schools working alongside us. It was wonderful to see our sixth form students performing with younger students on a large scale project such as this one. The carol written by Greenhead student Louis Enright is a really challenging piece with some magical harmony, and it is great to have seen the project come together, with students making such an extensive contribution to its success.

The carol is available to stream and purchase on Apple Music, iTunes, Amazon Music and Spotify. You can donate to Make-A-Wish Foundation on the Greenhead College JustGiving page at www.justgiving.com/fundraising/carolforyorkshire. We have been tweeting about the carol using #CarolForYorkshire.

You can also donate using the text code GCOL55 followed by an amount e.g. £5 (so GCOL55 £5) to 70070.