Swansea choir joins Evening Post in Poppy Appeal song
A SWANSEA choir has teamed up with the Evening Post to record a moving tribute to all those who have laid down their lives in defence of our country ahead of Remembrance Sunday.
The Poppy is to be recorded by the Phoenix Singers Rock Choir - formed for the occasion by the merger of the Morriston Phoenix Choir and Singers Rock (formerly known as Only Women Aloud) - over the coming weeks and released as a single with all proceeds going to the Royal British Legion’s Poppy Appeal.
The venture is a trans Atlantic affair with the music being written by the wife of an American soldier who also happens to be a vice president of the choir and former school friend of its musical director Sian Pearce.
The words were written by Post reporter Geraint Thomas.
Ms Pearce said: “Kim Kelley currently lives in South Carolina with US Marine Corps husband and two children. As a Marine Corps wife for almost 11 years now, Kim is reminded daily of the sacrifice that dedicated men and women make for their country, whether in the UK or the US.
“The song The Poppy speaks of the ultimate sacrifice and how each man's death - because of the freedom we enjoy today - was not in vain.”
The song was introduced to the choristers this week and will be recorded in the near future by Andy Coughlan of Bridgerow Recording Studios in Glannaman before being made available for download.
Ms Pearce added: “We wanted to do something to give back to the community and there’s nothing more moving than music to get that point across.
“It went down a storm when we introduced it to the choir, it’s very powerful and emotive, some of the ladies were in tears.”
Evening Post editor Jonathan Howells said: “There are few symbols as powerful and emotive as the poppy. It signifies courage, bravery and hope alongside the ultimate sacrifice. It connects ordinary folk with those incredible men and women who place themselves in harm's way to protect others.
“The Post is proud to play its small part in remembering and recognising them this year.”