Firefighters make a bid for Christmas number one | Knutsford Times

Firefighters make a bid for Christmas number one

By on December 1, 2018

A 40+ strong choir of fire personnel from across the UK, including Cheshire’s Dan Selby, Emily Morris and Matt Lloyd, are making a bid for the Christmas number one to raise money for charity.

The Fire Tones’ cover of the Band Aid classic, ‘Do They Know It’s Christmas?’ is already a bookie’s favourite to be in the top five festive songs this year, with all proceeds from the single being split between The Fire Fighters Charity and the Band Aid Charity Trust.

At the end of October over forty fire and rescue service personnel from across the country descended on the BIMM music college in Birmingham. College principle Anthony Greaves had given them free access to the college’s newly-built recording studio, along with support from student producers. During the 12-hour session, they performed under the watchful eye of seasoned music producer Steve Osborne – whose clients include U2, Placebo, Elbow and the Doves – and vocal arranger Louise Warren, both of whom donated their time for free.

The single, released on November 30 and high on the list of bookies’ favourites for the Christmas number one slot, is available to download on iTunes, Spotify and Amazon Music, with a cd version available from Amazon, and proceeds are being split evenly between the two charities.  Follow the choir’s progress on Facebook, Instagram (thefiretones999) and Twitter (@thefiretones999).

The official video was released last week –

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