During lockdown pupils from Wivelsfield Primary School, East Sussex, have been very busy recording a fantastic charity single to raise money for NHS Charities Together.
Wivelsfield Primary School pride themselves on being a very creative and musical school. With the majority of pupils remaining at home for so many weeks during lockdown, the school wanted to find a way to bring everyone together and connect one another from their own homes.
“When The School Bells Ring Again” was composed and put together by the school’s music teacher, Ashley Hards. The heartfelt song talks about all the things which have changed for families at home during lockdown – all the funny things that would have seemed so strange a few months ago and how much we’ve missed each other during these times. When we start to hear school bells ringing again, we will know that life is starting to return to normal.
More than 40 of Wivelsfield Primary School’s families and members of staff were involved in the project and excitedly submitted their voice and instrumental recordings along with video footage for Mr Hards to collate. The children have had the opportunity to be part of something bigger and enjoyed the opportunity to perform to the wider community in a new way, from the safety of their homes.
The singers on the track are accompanied by 14 members of the Wivelsfield Primary School Orchestra, with children playing instruments including piano, keyboard, saxophone, trumpet, clarinet, violin, guitars, ukuleles, glockenspiel and drums.
When asked about the choice of charity, Mr Hards responded “We thought that making the video would help the children feel they were doing something to help everybody as a whole. It’s very important to provide support for NHS charities at the moment and to help as many people as possible. It just seemed the right charity for us to support as they are working really hard at the moment and always do”.
The school has hinted that there may well be plans for another charity video in the future, although prior to this, Mr Hards has said that he would like to release a karaoke version of the video along with recording tutorials to allow others to record their own versions of the song so that they can use them to raise even more money for NHS Charities Together.
Mr Hards and Mrs Smith, Head Teacher, would like to thank everyone who has been involved for all of their enthusiasm, support and talent.
The video can be viewed via Youtube – click here.
Donations to NHS Charities Together are gratefully received and can be made via the Just Giving Page:
Mr Hards was the guest of Uckfield FM this morning – Listen here: