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Pupils from Gaywood Primary in King’s Lynn launch their own single on iTunes

10:01 10 July 2012

Hollie Anderson, one of the Gaywood primary pupils who have recorded their own single.  Picture: Ian Burt

Hollie Anderson, one of the Gaywood primary pupils who have recorded their own single. Picture: Ian Burt

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There were cheers and even a few tears when children at a King’s Lynn primary school launched their own music single.

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All 411 pupils at Gaywood Community Primary School played a part in creating the original track, called We Say, with the help of teachers and a visiting record label executive.

The upbeat song is due to be released on iTunes today and all the money raised from its sale will be reinvested in the school’s music department.

Parents gathered in the school hall at 10am on Saturday to hear the single for the first time and the occasion brought tears to the eyes of some proud mums.

The children began to dance and there was thunderous applause when the track, made using a mixture of iPad apps and musical instruments, finished.

“It’s been a very long night and at 7.44am this morning the track was finally finished,” headteacher Paul Shanks told the parents.

“You are going to be so proud when you hear this. I think it’s awesome.”

Pupils spent three days working with composer Neil Johnston, owner of record label Store Van Music, to record and produce the single.

Mr Johnston said: “We only started recording this 24 hours ago and most singles take weeks and weeks to finish.”

More than half of pupils were involved in the iPad sessions and recordings were also taken during school assembly so all the children feature somewhere on the track.

Mr Shanks said: “I hope this once in a lifetime experience will really capture the childrens’ imaginations and be something they treasure for many years.

“Recording and producing a single and releasing it on iTunes while still at school is something that very few people can say they have achieved. “As well as giving parents and people in our community the chance to listen to the track and see what we’ve been up to in school this week, releasing our song will also give us a chance to raise money to reinvest into teaching and learning – especially around music technology to help sustain the project in the long term.

“I really don’t want this to be a one-off.”

Parents at the launch were also able to watch a slideshow of photographs taken during the recording process.

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