Marehay youngsters hit all the right notes

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A group of youngsters have taken a leaf out of the book of veteran musician Bob Geldof by recording a charity Christmas single to raise cash for the county’s air ambulance service.

Pupils from the Starstruck Academy, in Marehay penned their charity song ‘Do You Believe’, and went down to Meadow Farm studio to record the tune during half term in October.

Academy principal Debbie Hinsley said the youngsters really enjoyed getting creative for charity.

She said: “The children really enjoyed the whole process from writing the song to performing it in the studio.

“It’s amazing to see them get so involved in creating and performing something that will help raise awareness for a great cause. We learned so much about creating and developing lyrics, rhyming, rhythm, melody lines and song structure during the workshop, and then in the recording studio the kids got a feel of what the recording industry is really like. It really was a fantastic experience for everyone.

“All proceeds raised from will go to the Derbyshire, Leicestershire and Rutland Air Ambulance (DLRAA), which helps to save thousands of lives.”

This is the second charity single for the academy youngsters. They recorded a Christmas tune in 2014 called Counting Down the Days, which raised £1,000 for the Nottingham City Hospital neonatal unit. Debbie hopes this second attempt will just as successful.

“Every little helps, and we hope to raise whatever we can to help fund the DLRAA, which relies solely on public funding.”

The song is available to download from iTunes now. Visit: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/do-you-believe-single.