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"We will remember them, Give thanks and honour them, For our tomorrow, They gave their today", a moving tribute song recorded to raise money for The Royal British Legion has been released on iTunes and various other download stores.
On Sunday 1 November, 200 people spilled into Abbey Road Studios, donating their time and talent to record an anthem as a thank-you to all military personnel who have served our country protecting our freedom. This was the biggest ever 1-day session to be staged at Abbey Road in the history of the famous recording studios.
Multi-million selling artists from Michael Bolton and Robin Gibb to the Legion's own songbird Hayley Westenra contributed to the song, written by A1's Mark Read and Whitesnake's Robert Hart.
They were joined by soul singer Mica Paris, former Free and Queen frontman Paul Rodgers, Lee Mead, who won TV's Any Dream Will Do, ex-Atomic Kittens Natasha Hamilton and Liz McClarnon, T'Pau singer Carol Decker, Squeeze keyboard player Paul Carrack and Small Faces drummer Kenny Jones.
This impressive line-up performed alongside The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Pipes & Drums from the Army School of Bagpipe Music and Drumming, Bugles from The Academy of Music at Kneller Hall, a Choir of Celebrities and the Carmel Thomas Youth Choir.
"I never miss an opportunity to thank our troops," said Michael Bolton, who dropped everything while rehearsing for performances at the Royal Albert Hall this week to take part. "They are the bravest people you'll ever meet."
"'We Will Remember Them' itself goes back to the the first world war", explains Robin Gibb, 'but it's very significant and it makes people stop and think just what these guys are doing for their country."
Joseph star Lee Mead: "Two or three hours in a recording studio on a Sunday is nothing compared to what our troops go through every day."
"I know people out there in the military, someone close to me was in Afghanistan and was blown up in his tank," says Natasha Hamilton of Atomic Kitten, "He has been in rehabilitation for many months. When it's someone that you know that's been out there fighting, it brings it home how important it is to remember through song."
ALL proceeds go directly to The Royal British Legion and the Help For Heroes charity. The money will help support injured troops and their families whose loved ones have paid the ultimate sacrifice in Service to their country.
"This is an appeal to raise funds to help and support the families who have lost or suffered horrendous injuries in their Military service", says Kenny Jones. "In addition, the Anthem will also remember all our Service men and women from all past conflicts."
In addition to the musicians and artists involved in the recording, a 30-man film crew with 9 cameras donated their time and have documented this auspicious occasion. A video/DVD will support the release of the single.
There is a wide range of music raising money for the Poppy Appeal in 2009. Click here to find out more.
A preview of the single can be viewed below.
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