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Royal Blood, KT Tunstall and Martin Kemp contribute to silent Christmas song in aid of The Children’s Society

By | Published on Thursday 19 December 2019

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Royal Blood, KT Tunstall and Martin Kemp are among a group of artists featured on a new, entirely silent Christmas single, released in aid of The Children’s Society. The aim of the track is “to highlight the stark reality that many children will be suffering in silence this Christmas, due to challenging circumstances such as abuse and neglect”.

“Christmas is a time for family, love, light, and music”, says The Children’s Society’s chief exec Mark Russell. “Yet, for so many children around the UK, it is none of these things. Instead it is a reminder of how different their lives are from those around them. For them, Christmas is broken”.

He continues: “The silent track is a much-needed reminder that so many children are deprived not only of the Christmas spirit but of a voice each and every day. Alongside the artists who have given their silence to show their solidarity, we believe that we can give a voice to the children who need us the most, this Christmas and beyond”.

Billed as The Silent Choir, other artists on the release include The Amazons, Eliza, Hrvy, Leah Weller, Freddie Long and Joanna Forest. Each artist recorded their silence separately, before all the files were added to a ‘performance’ by a children’s choir to create the final recording.

It’s not the first time a supergroup of musicians has attempted to add a few minutes of nothing to the Christmas chart in aid of charity.

In 2010, a collective under the name Cage Against The Machine – co-led by Eddy Temple-Morris and featuring Suggs, Pendulum, Billy Bragg, Imogen Heap, Enter Shikari, Coldcut, Orbital, Dan Le Sac, Scroobius Pip and Heaven 17 – reached number 21 in the festive chart with a version of John Cage’s famously silent ‘4’33”’.

Watch the video for The Silent Choir’s track here: