17th December 2015
Year 12 student Ellie Smith is hoping to hit this year’s Christmas no.1 spot later this week. She recently sang with the Military Wives Choir as they recorded a version of The Proclaimers song ‘500 Miles’, aiming to raise funds for the charity Walking With The Wounded
Ellie had been invited to join the Choir, which was original choir from the 2011 TV series, as she is classified as a ‘Military Sister’ - Ellie's brother Matt, a former Trinity School pupil, serves in the Royal Navy. She elected to join the branch of the Choir based at Chivenor, where her mum, Rachel, is the Musical Director. We suspect her place in Choir is down to her undoubted singing abilities - she was previously a chorister at Exeter Cathedral - and the fact that she puts maximum effort into everything she does.
Rachel explains that Walking With The Wounded approached Chivenor MWC some weeks ago about collaborating on the Christmas single, using the song 'I'm Gonna Be (500 miles)'. It ties in with their Walking Home for Christmas campaign. The song was recorded at the Metropolis Studio in London on Fri 27th November, with a choir of 50 singers was drawn from Chivenor, Lympstone, Taunton and Aldershot MWC. 25 members of the choir later appeared on Good Morning Britain for the launch of the single and the official video release.
So, the Military Wives have done it before but can they do it again? Well that’s where we can all help.
Ellie would be really pleased if you could download it from: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/im-gonna-be-500-miles-walking/id1065537979?app=itunes&ign-mpt=uo%3D4
You can see the official video on: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m2g9-zbgdIM
Buying the single will raise funds for both WWTW and the MWC Foundation.
Please also tell your friends, families, neighbours, the postman, use social media, children's schools, workplaces - anyone/any avenue that you can think of to spread the word. Obviously, the more sales there are, the better the chance of being the Christmas no 1 and that will raise the profile of the charities as well as some much needed funds.