Mile Cross music teacher produces song of hope in response to Charlie Hebdo tragedy in Paris

Norwich musician and teacher Jonty Tan who has produced a single on his feelings after the Charlie H

Norwich musician and teacher Jonty Tan who has produced a single on his feelings after the Charlie Hebdo attack.Picture by SIMON FINLAY. - Credit: Archant Norfolk

A primary school music teacher is responding to the Charlie Hebdo tragedy through song and lyrics.

'Not Afraid' is the debut single by Norwich based singer/songwriter Jonty Tan, 30, who wanted to give hope after the brutal attacks at the Charlie Hebdo headquaters in Paris.

Mr Tan, of Sprowston, said the lyrics of the song capture the heart of millions around the globe and the people who want to stand up against the injustices of the world.

He said: 'I wanted to write a song that spoke of hope in these desperate times. Hopefully the song will resonate with people and it can become an anthem of their lives.

'The tragedy just struck a chord with me and, being a musician, I put my feelings to music.'


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The song will be released in aid of Norwich charity, Nelson's Journey who support bereaved children.

The charity stood out for Mr Tan because he thought it was befitting the Paris disaster and he had known children before who had been helped by the foundation.

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Mr Tan, who works at Mile Cross Primary School, said even if the song touches just 20 people it will be worthwhile.

The talent plays all the instruments heard in the track and he said his friends remarked on how his passion came through the music.

The musician, who described his sound as a mix of elements similar to Coldplay and Mumford and Sons, will release his song on iTunes and other major download sites on February 20.

Are you using your talent for charity? email: sophie.biddle@archant.co.uk

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