Singer praises Gresham’s Girls’ version of his rock band’s hit

Gresham's Girls, from left: Rhianna Campbell-Cann, Clementine Chapple, Amelia Fox, Alice Dale, Molly

Gresham's Girls, from left: Rhianna Campbell-Cann, Clementine Chapple, Amelia Fox, Alice Dale, Molly Sankey and Henrietta Hovenden. Picture: LUCINDA ROBB - Credit: Archant

Praise for a moving song recorded by a group of north Norfolk schoolgirls is snowballing this Christmas.

Gresham's Girls, from left:Rhianna Campbell-Cann, Alice Dale, Clementine Chapple, Henrietta Hoveden,

Gresham's Girls, from left:Rhianna Campbell-Cann, Alice Dale, Clementine Chapple, Henrietta Hoveden, Amelia Fox and Molly Sankey. Picture: LUCINDA ROBB - Credit: Archant

Gresham's Girls, a band formed by half a dozen pupils at Gresham's School, Holt, have released their version of Manchester rock band James' hit Sit Down, hoping to raise money for a mental-health charity.

And their fragile, haunting rendition has been attracting praise on social media - including a supportive tweet from Tim Booth, lead singer with James.

The six - Molly Sankey, Clementine Chapple, Amelia Fox, Rhianna Campbell-Cann, Henrietta Hovenden and Alice Dale - wanted to raise awareness of mental health in young people and decided to produce and sell the song, with monies raised going to the school's charity of the year, Young Minds.

A spokesman for Gresham's, an independent school, said: 'There was something about the lyrics of Sit Down that resonated with the girls. There is a certain vulnerability that is reflected, and much is made of the highs and lows of life, and yet there is an overwhelming sense of optimism, hope and support.'


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Lyrics include the verse: Those who feel the breath of sadness, Sit down next to me, Those who find they're touched by madness, Sit down next to me, Those who find themselves ridiculous, Sit down next to me, Love, in fear, in hate, in tears.'

Booth tweeted about the girls' version: 'This is really touching.' Three years ago Sit Down was placed fourth in a poll by BBC Radio 2 and the Official Charts Company to find the greatest track to miss out on the number one spot in the UK charts.

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And in the same year, 2013, James performed the song with Peter Kay for Comic Relief.

The Greshams' Girls version was produced by Chris Cooper and Justin Myers, teaching staff from Gresham's music department.

Other comments about it on social media include: RN Wright: 'Don't think about it, just buy it now -you won't regret it. Alexander Brett: 'Such a great track, #greshamsgirls- super professional and moving.

Absolutely deserves to earn loads for @YoungMindsUK'

Keith Savage: 'Totally lovely and for a great cause'.

Young Minds is committed to improving the emotional well-being and mental health of children and young people.

The track can be downloaded and purchased at https://itun.es/gb/oKMKgb

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