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NEWS: West End stars record charity EP for Great Ormond Street

A Very West End ChristmasCynthia Erivo, Simon Bowman, Sophie Louise Dann, Shona White, Scott Garnham, Jodie Jacobs &Michael Xavier join a host of musical theatre stars to record festive charity EP; ‘A Very West End Christmas’.

In a project of unprecedented scale, co-producers Darren Bell and Kris Rawlinson brought together almost fifty stars of musical theatre, after two months of planning, to record an album of Christmas songs for charity; ‘A Very West End Christmas’. The proceeds will be split between equally between Giggin’ For Good, which raises money for Great Ormond Street Hospital, West End Fests, which raises money for CRY UK and The Band Aid Charitable Trust.

The impressive line up of almost fifty performers gathered at the St James Theatre on the 14th October to record two of the songs in the main house. The EP also features three tracks recorded in the following days with several established West End leading performers. All five tracks were musically directed by Kris Rawlinson

“We wanted to do something to raise money for charity that pulled together the amazing talent we have been lucky enough to have worked with over the last year. We wanted to make sure the recording had both seasoned West End performers and those that have just graduated or are starting their career. What everyone has achieved has exceeded all expectations. We are very grateful for all the support, especially the St James Theatre for hosting us for the day.” said Darren Bell.

The ‘A Very West End Christmas’ EP features five festive tracks:

1. Hark! The Herald Angels Sing – the ‘A Very West End Christmas’ Choir.

2. The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting On an Open Fire) – Michael Xavier (The Sound of Music, Into the Woods)

3. Oh, Holy Night –Sabrina Aloueche (Les Miserables, We Will Rock You), Jodie Jacobs (Rock of Ages) &Katie Paine (We Will Rock You).

4. Baby It’s Cold Outside – Chloe Hart (Wicked, Hairspray) &Jeremy Legat (Wicked).

5. Do They Know It’s Christmas? – the ‘A Very West End Christmas’ Choir.

Each track will be available for purchase, individually or as part of the entire EP, on most music platforms including iTunes and Amazon. Official release date is 14th December 2013.*

The artists involved (alphabetically): Sabrina Aloueche, Simon Bailey, Lucy May Barker, Will Barrett, Andrew Bateup, Jamie Birkett, Simon Bowman, Georgie Burdett, Ambra Caserotti, Jasmine Colangelo, Erin Cornell, Alexandra da Silva, Sophie Louise Dann, Jordan Lee Davies, Cynthia Erivo, Stephanie Fearon, Scott Garnham, Joseph Giacone, Chloe Hart, Keith Jack, Jodie Jacobs, Samuel James, Conleth Kane, Rosie Ladkin, Jeremy Legat, Hannah Levane, Sophie Linder-Lee, Leon Lopez, Shaun McCourt, Gabriel Mokake, David Muscat, Lauren Osborn, Katie Paine, Ian Parsons, Jennifer Potts, Helen Power, Tim Prottey-Jones, Michael Quinn, Ian Stroughair, Thomas Sutcliffe, Amy-Jean Ward, Shona White, Gary Wood, Thomas Wright &Michael Xavier.

For more information and to listen to a preview of each track please visit www.averywestendchristmas.com

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