Students from Chetham's School of Music in Manchester will release a recorded version of Oasis' Don't Look Back In Anger tomorrow.
The special arrangement will be released to mark six months since the terrorist attack at Manchester Arena which claimed the lives of 22 people.
Students are hoping the new recording will encourage others to remember and support victims of terror this Christmas. All proceeds will go towards the British Red Cross UK SolidarityFund, supporting victims of terror not only in Manchester but across the country.
Take a sneak preview of the new video here:
The renowned music school sits directly across the road from the arena. The boarding students at the school were woken from their sleep on the night of the attack.
Inside the police cordon, they were unable to leave school for 24 hours – and, as the city gathered in Albert Square to pay its respects to the victims, the music students held their own vigil on the school yard. Appropriately, they used their most powerful language – music – to express their feelings, singing John Lennon’s Imagine and the Oasis song, Don’t Look Back in Anger, in an expression of support and solidarity.
One student shared a video of Don’t Look Back in Anger on Facebook, giving students’ friends and family the chance to see their children safe and well until they could get home.
The recording of the song was a project which was led by Head Boy Matthew Wilson and Head Girl Flossie Plain, along with their fellow Sixth Form students.
They contacted former student Joshua Hickin, who created the new arrangement for trombone ensemble, a small band and the massed voices of the school’s staff and students. Matthew acted as Musical Director for the recording, with Flossie as Producer.
The recording took place in The Stoller Hall, the school’s concert venue, supported by the venue’s Technical Manager Simeon Ogden; whilst Chris Mann of Mann Made Productions, a longstanding friend of the school, generously offered his time to produce the video.
Head Alun Jones released the entire school from lessons for an afternoon to allow the recording to take place, and finally, permission was received from the Sony Corporation on behalf of Oasis for the song to be shared.
To make a donation, please visit:https://beta.redcross.org.uk/appeal/uk-solidarity- fund