‘Carol for Yorkshire’ is an exciting new competition that was run by Greenhead College in collaboration with Musica Kirklees, which saw students from schools across the district compose their own Charity Christmas Carol.
Thom Meredith, Head of Musica Kirklees, judged the competition and in September 2018, Greenhead College’s Louis Enright was announced the winner with his composition ‘What Would Jesus Say’.
The project is in aid of the Make-A-Wish Foundation; a children’s charity who make the wishes of seriously ill children become reality.
The carol was performed by approximately 125 singers from the Greenhead College Choir and three Huddersfield based primary schools; Mount Pleasant Primary School, Spring Grove Primary School and Reinwood Junior School, and will also feature in the Greenhead College annual Christmas Carol Service.
At the end of the summer holidays, music students were challenged to write a new Christmas carol, winner Louis decided to enter because
‘[he likes] composing and it would give [him] something to do in the 11-week long summer break.’
‘I was very excited to hear that I won the contest and I can’t wait to see the finished result.’
The recording of the carol took place at Holy Trinity Church, Huddersfield on 21st November and the official launch will be held on Monday 3rd December.
As well as raising money for this incredible fund, the aim of this festive endeavour is to bring together children of all backgrounds and experiences using music and the Christmas spirit.
The release will be accompanied by a locally produced music video and all proceeds from the single will be donated to the Make-A-Wish Foundation. The Carol will be available to download online.
Simon Jacobs, Head of the Music Department at Greenhead College commented:
“We are really excited about the Carol project and it is fantastic to have three local primary schools working alongside us. It will be wonderful to see our sixth form students performing with younger students on a large scale project such as this one. The Carol written by Greenhead A1 student Louis Enright is a really challenging piece with some magical harmony. I can’t wait to see what the public make of it when we release the single on 3rd December.”