All proceeds from the sale of this single will go to CRISIS - the UK based charity for single homeless people: www.crisis.org.uk
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My (highly shareable!) homemade animation video for 'Christmas Eve, Gracechurch St.' can be found on YouTube. Check it out! youtu.be/z5vr7vCYBNg
'Christmas Eve, Gracechurch St.' is dedicated to the memory of Richard Hanson. A generous, humble and loving man who gave so much to those in need, both in his local community in Sheffield and as a professional photographer for Tearfund.
Gareth and I found out that Richard had only weeks left to live (following a year's battle with leukaemia) the day I finished writing 'Christmas Eve, Gracechurch St.' From that point on I decided this was going to be 'Richard's song', and in a lengthy email a few days later I promised I would both dedicate it to him and donate any proceeds from sales to a charity helping the homeless.
That charity is Crisis, the national charity for single homeless people in the UK. They help not only with housing, but also with health, education and finding employment.
The festive season can be an incredibly difficult time of year for those with next to nothing. Every year, Crisis at Christmas provide companionship and support to tackle loneliness and isolation, and help people take their first steps out of homelessness.
Bandcamp enables donations of any amount when you purchase this single, so please feel free to give more if you are able.
Thanks to all those who participated in the recording: you all helped make it what it is.
And thank you all for listening, sharing and buying.
Please take this song to your hearts.
releases 01 December 2014
Christmas Eve, Gracechurch St.
Written and arranged by Mark Brown (aka Mark Northfield), incorporating words and music from the carols 'In The Bleak Midwinter' and 'Ding Dong Merrily On High'
Piano, recorder, drums, backing vocals by Mark
Guitar, main vocal by Gareth Forster
Violin by Charlie Brown
Cello by Tony Woollard
Choir by The ladies of Colliers Wood Chorus
Good King Wenceslas (trad.)
Original arrangement by Mark Brown (aka Mark Northfield)
Keyboards and vocal by Mark
Sound recording by Andrew Holdsworth for Method & Madness
Single cover art by Gary Collins for Absence/Presence