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MA student helps specialist school in bid for Christmas number 1

Thursday 1 December 2016

Masters (MA) student Charlotte Hall has put her skills to good use, helping pupils at a local high school with their bid for Christmas number one.

The Film, Media and Society student made and produced a music video featuring pupils from Redbridge High School, Liverpool, who have recorded a Christmas ballad.

Five pupils and three staff members from the specialist school, which caters for 120 pupils aged 11 to 19 who have autism, severe learning difficulties or profound and multiple learning difficulties, recorded the song at Elevator Studios in the city.

Charlotte said: “My course leader contacted me to ask if I would be interested in getting involved in the project, and as it was for Christmas I jumped at the chance!

“I spoke to the Headteacher to come up with some ideas beforehand, as we only had one day to film it. I listened to the song and came up with a concept of collecting the student's messages of Christmas - which is the name of the song.

“It was a really great experience and I had so much fun working with the pupils. They seemed to really enjoy being involved and found the prospect of being in a music video really exciting.”

Redbridge teacher Pete Chadwick is the brains behind the venture and helped to organise the Message of Christmas, which is available to purchase on Friday 2nd December.

Mr Chadwick said: “We’ve had so much support for our musical venture and would like to thank everyone involved, particularly Tim at Elevator, Liverpool Hope University in the form of talented MA Film, Media & Society student Charlotte Hal,l who made and produced the video to accompany the track and Katy Johnston a music student at BIMM Institute put down great lead vocals.”

You can watch the video here and download the song from iTunes now.

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