Buy the new Framework charity single!

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06 Dec 2017
by Neil Skinner

More than 300 musicians from across the East Midlands have played a starring role in an unprecedented musical fundraising initiative – by producing a charity single to support local homeless people. 

Reach Out and Lend a Helping Hand, on sale now, is the result of an extraordinary nine-month project, initiated by Nottingham musician Andrew Randell and composer Chris Lawry and inspired by the children of Kirkby Woodhouse School.

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This all started with a dream.

Directed by project leader and song producer Chris Lawry, the lyrics were penned after workshop sessions with the schoolchildren; vocals were provided by six community choirs, with orchestral accompaniment by individual musicians from across the country. The resulting track was mixed by Mr Lawry and mastered by Ian Jones, a top engineer at the world-famous Abbey Road Studios in London.

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Children from Kirkby Woodhouse School take the song on the road... or the tracks on the Nottingham Tram

Andrew explained: “This all started with a dream I had one night. I’d been busking in Nottingham to support homeless people for quite a while, but woke up one morning with this amazing idea in my head to do something on a far bigger scale. Nine months later, and after many hundreds of hours of toil by our volunteer performers of all ages, we have this remarkable result, of which I am very proud.”

Chris added: “From the moment I thought of the chorus for the song this project has almost developed a life of its own, with each and every contributor adding something to the project.   Take for example the children of Kirkby Woodhouse School who contributed to the lyrics after taking part in a workshop about homelessness.  Their role was absolutely fundamental to this project and paved the way for what became a genuine community effort.

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“I am thrilled not only by the end result, but also by the remarkable community spirit and generosity demonstrated by so many people young and old and far and wide.”

Reach Out and Lend a Helping Hand is available to buy as a CD or download by visiting www.helpframework.com. The lyrics and sheet music can also be purchased for further performances.

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