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Respect - Cmat Performing Arts Students Remember with Charity Song

Sixth Form students from Congleton High School clearly demonstrated 'Respect', one of Cmat's four key Values when they wrote and recorded a moving song to remember of all those who fought or lost their lives in wartime. The song, sharing the experience of war from the viewpoint of different family members, commemorates the 100 year anniversary of the end of WWI and has been uploaded to iTunes to help raise funds for The British Legion.

The charity composition, titled ‘Remember', was the idea of Congleton High School Performing Arts teacher, Charlotte Blundred. She had seen the silhouettes of soldiers bearing the words, 'Lest we forget', appearing around the community and wanted to involve the school in remembering and marking the important anniversary through music.

Recognising that there would be copyright issues with an existing song, Miss Blundred challenged her Sixth Form students to write an original piece. The group relished the challenge and chose to base Remember on how people would have felt at the time. The first verse is a child's perspective on war and depicts how they would have missed their father but would try to stay strong for their mother. The second verse is from the mother's point of view, writing to her husband to tell how their child is growing older and starting school. The last verse is the father's story and explains some of the things he has seen in war and why he chose to sign up to fight for his country.

The final message of Remember - 'The poppies that we wear today tell the stories of the brave. We wear them with pride to show our country's sacrifice. Lest we forget' links to the way we pay tribute to everyone involved in all wars each year in November through the wearing of poppies, commemorative services and a few important moments of silence to reflect. 

Once the song had taken shape, the writing team, Annie, Becky, Catherine, Isaac, Millie and Will, asked if younger members of the school from Year 7, 8 and 9 could help to record the chorus section. The lower school students welcomed the opportunity to be part of the commemorative fund raising project. They loved singing the chorus section and were extremely impressed with the quality of the song.

Remember is available to buy now on @iTunes at https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/remember-single/1439616136, and you can hear a short clip of the song on Congleton High School’s website (click here.) There has also been a Just Giving page set up at https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/congleton-high-school for anyone wishing to donate to Congleton High School's collection for the British Legion.

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