CHELMSFORD: Version of Phil Collins' hit is a popular charity choice
A CHARITY single recorded by pupils at a Chelmsford school has been downloaded more than 700 times since it was released on iTunes.
Every girl and member of staff at Chelmsford County High School for Girls has contributed to a version of the Phil Collins song True Colours which has been released in a bid to raise hundreds of pounds for the Pakistan flood appeal.
Director of Music Peter Jewitt, said "The single sounds tremendous. Students and staff have come together as a community to support a charity.
"It has been a fantastic experience for all involved and a pleasure to work with such an enthusiastic group."
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The school charity prefects came up with the idea for a single and chose the song, which was also a hit for Cyndi Lauper. It was recorded in the Broomfield Road school's own studio.
Charity prefect Danielle Eddington, 17, said: "We took the idea to the music prefects and they thought it was a great idea, so we pitched it to the rest of the school. Everyone was really excited and enthusiastic. They thought it was a wonderful way to raise money for such a worthy cause."
Each form group sang a couple of lines, and the school's choirs and music staff worked on the harmonies.
They called numerous record agencies, which helped to get the song on to the iTunes site, and ensured it would receive maximum exposure for fundraising opportunities.
Music prefect Simone Ibbet- Brown said: "By releasing the single on iTunes there are no production costs so we can raise as much money for charity as possible.
"This is one of the most exciting musical ventures we have undertaken recently. The initial logistics and organisation of a whole school recording were tricky but it is all worthwhile when you hear the finished product."
The school has already raised £1,100 for the flood appeal from a non-uniform day.
The song is available on iTunes as True Colours (CCHS cover version) for 79p.