FORGET The X Factor finalists and cheesy festive tunes – youngsters from a Sheffield school are vying for the Christmas number one spot.
Talented pupils from Sheffield Park Academy have launched a bid for the coveted chart position with their charity single Stand Together.
The touching tune was penned by music teacher Julian Rowe in May, after the school came up with the idea of recording a single to raise funds for its chosen charity Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice.
Auditions were held to find singers for a backing band, with former pupil and performing artist Sara Cheesman, aged 21, on lead vocals.
Once they recorded the song, fellow students helped create a video featuring children at Bluebell Wood, North Anston.
Staff have also been hard at work behind the scenes to ensure the single can be sold on music sites and that sales will count towards a place in the official UK chart.
The singers have organised a series of live performances which will see them sing in front of thousands of people at Sheffield Wednesday and Doncaster Rovers games, along with an special appearance at the UK Snooker Championships in York.
Julian said: “I wanted a song parents could listen to while in Bluebell Wood and feel uplifted by it, but feel an emotional attachment at the same time.”
The vocalists - all aged 11 to 13 and in Years Seven and Eight – visited the hospice to see exactly where the money raised will go.
Year Seven student Jessica Child-Cavill, 12, said: “It feels amazing to be part of it. I think it’s good enough to reach the number one spot.”
Pal Destiny Andrews, 12, also in Year Seven, said: “I was so shocked when I saw the video. It looks brilliant.
It was a family affair for Ellie Cheesman, 12, who sang alongside big sister Sara on the track.
The song’s official launch takes place on Wednesday, December 12, 2012, at 12.12pm, when the video will be screened in every classroom at the Manor school.
Acting principal Craig Dillon said: “There is a lot of excitement. We’re so proud of the girls’ commitment.”