Swansea choir to record poppy song for British Legion's appeal
A Swansea choir is set to record a new song for this year’s poppy appeal.
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) — and released as a single with all proceeds going to the Royal British Legion’s Poppy Appeal.
The venture, backed by the Evening Post, is a transatlantic affair with the music being written by Kim Kelley, 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 lyrics havebeen written by Post reporter Geraint Thomas.
The recording is being made by Andy Coughlan of Bridgerow Recording Studios in Glanaman at the Mynyddbach Chapel once the home of Calon Lan creator Daniel James. Watching the proceedings from America via Skype, will be Mrs Kelly.
The choir’s musical director, Sian Pearce, said: “Both choirs have been working extremely hard learning this song, turning up for extra rehearsals in order to make the best recording we possibly can so we can raise as much money as possible for this important charity. It has been made so much easier to put in the hard work by having such a beautiful song to sing.”
Of the American link she added: “Our composer Kim Kelley is so excited to hear the piece for the very first time when we record it. I just hope that she likes it, as it'll be a little late to change it by then. Good job I know her! She is extremely eager to hear it and The Blufton newspaper will be reporting on this link up State side so I'm very keen obviously to get it right - I want us to represent Wales well.”