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Liverpool choirboy supports children's charity

An 11-year old Catholic choirboy from Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral Choir, Jack Topping, has been chosen to support this year’s ‘Save the Children’ Christmas campaign, making him the youngest ever singer appointed as Ambassador for the charity.

Jack will be singing the song ‘Tomorrow’ on the powerful Save the Children TV advertisement soon to be heard in millions of homes across the country in the lead up to Christmas. Not only is Jack featured on the advert, he is also involved with many of the fundraising activities run by the children’s charity, and has seen the charity’s work in South Africa where he visited schools, to see the important education programmes that it runs.

Sue Allchurch, Executive Director of Marketing and Communications at Save the Children says: “We are delighted to announce Jack Topping as one of our new ambassadors. We always need strong, young people to support our life-saving work and to give a voice to vulnerable children who would otherwise never get the chance to share their stories.

“As one of Britain’s fresh new talents, Jack will be able to help shine a light on important issues and raise funds for vital projects that will help change children’s lives for the better and help them fulfill their potential.”

In Qwa Qwa, South Africa, Jack witnessed first-hand the difficulties children his own age face living in a shanty town in a deprived area. But he also made friends and played football with them and recorded with a local children’s choir.

Jack says: "I'm so lucky to be a Save the Children ambassador and meet some of the children they are helping in Africa. There are boys and girls my own age all over the world that need help so the work Save the Children does is very important."

Jack has also become the youngest ever solo artist to sign a record contract with Decca Records, home to vocal legends Luciano Pavarotti and Andrea Bocelli. The Bolata Senior Phase Secondary School Choir from South Africa will feature on his debut album, alongside tracks recorded with the Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral Choir, where he has been a chorister for the last three years.

The album is called ‘Wonderful World’ and will include a mix of sacred and secular repertoire, as well as paying tribute to Liverpool’s musical heritage, with Beatles numbers ‘Let It Be and ‘The Long and Winding Road’. Jack follows in the footsteps of Sir Paul McCartney and John Lennon, who also started as choirboys in Liverpool.

Due for release on 25th November, Jack’s debut features newly-arranged versions of ‘Ave Maria’ and ‘Pie Jesu’, as well as ‘The Lord is My Shepherd’, the classic ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’ and popular folk ballad ‘Leaving of Liverpool’.

As well as his choral duties and now his charity work, Jack started secondary school just days ago. He is a Cub-Scout, loves reading and is a football fan.