Cathedral Chorister William Inscoe has just finished recording a Christmas Charity Single due to be released in December by the Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund to mark the centenary of the beginning of the First World War.
100 years on from the very first Christmas in the trenches of the Great War, military voices are once again raised in harmony for a moving song of tribute to bravery and sacrifice.
The song, simply titled ‘1914 – The Carol of Christmas’ celebrates the power of Christmas to bring peace in the midst of war and commemorates those who fought in World War One.
The song is sung by an ensemble of military voices and soloists including Flight Lieutenant Matt Little, Abby Scott and twelve-year-old Canterbury Cathedral chorister and BBC Radio 2’s Young Chorister of the Year Finalist William Inscoe who are accompanied by the RAF Spitfire Choir, one of the RAF’s top vocal groups.
Composed by Chris Eaton, (who wrote the 1990’s Number One Christmas hit ‘Saviour’s Day’) and Judd Field, ‘1914- The Carol of Christmas’ is raising money for the Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund, The Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity, and ABF The Soldier’s Charity. These charities assisted the veterans of World War One, continue to support both serving and former soldiers, sailors, airmen and their families, and are committed to meeting the welfare needs of the Services in the future.
My hope and prayer is that my song ‘1914 – The Carol of Christmas’ will move and inspire all generations as they listen, to remember with honour and respect those, past and present, engaged in war, and be filled with hope for everlasting peace through the message of Christmas.
We are very proud that William has been invited to contribute to this very timely recording. The project, which is set to raise money for various charities, is something we are very keen to support and I am thrilled that a Canterbury Cathedral chorister plays such a significant part.
Dr David Flood Master of the Choristers at Canterbury Cathedral
The RAF Benevolent Fund, along with The Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity and ABF The Soldiers’ Charity, are delighted to work together on this incredible song. The First World War changed the lives of millions in Britain; almost every village lost young men and many of those that returned bore mental or physical scars from their service. Simply downloading this song is a wonderful way of honouring those who served in the Great War and supporting today’s veterans and military personnel.
Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund Controller Air Marshal Chris Nickols
The song is available on iTunes, Amazon MP3 Store and Google Play with 100% of the profits from the sale of the recording going to the three charities.
The video for the song was filmed at the Grave of the Unknown Warrior in Westminster Abbey and contains original footage from WWI. In addition to the soloists and choir, the video features the Royal Marine Corps of Drums and participants from the Sea Cadets, the Army Cadet Force, and the Air Training Corps.
The video is available to view here.
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‘Canterbury Cathedral chorister and military voices’: Christmas number one?’ Canterbury Times (01/12/2014)
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‘Military mounts assault on the pop charts’ Sleaford Standard (30/11/2014)
‘Chorister William ready to hit Christmas charts’ Herne Bay Times (26/11/2014)