Paul Potts to release Silent Night single
Britain's Got Talent winner Paul Potts is releasing a new version of Silent Night to help families affected by the war in Syria ...
To mark the centenary of the 1914 Christmas truce, Silent Night Carols events are bringing communities together all over the country this December. Sports fans, school choirs, brass bands and families will gather in football grounds, schools, cathedrals and churches, to sing carols including a specially-commissioned, contemporary version of Silent Night, with a new verse and chorus.
This new version of Silent Night (Christ The Saviour Is Born) with additional words by writers Ben Cantelon and Nick Herbert, has been recorded by multi-platinum-selling tenor Paul Potts. Through the Silent Night Carols and the release of this single, and the Silent Night Carols albums, HOPE Together is linking with the charity Tearfund to help bring hope to those affected by the war in Syria, particularly women and children.
“It’s fantastic to be invited to record such an iconic Christmas Carol for such a worthwhile cause. Silent Night is such an iconic carol and this update to the traditional carol really adds some sparkle. I hope that people enjoy it as much as I do and it becomes part of their Christmas,” says Paul.
Silent Night Carols are inspired by HOPE Together, a national Christian mission movement. The events have the backing of Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, who is President of the Football Association and the Archbishop of Canterbury, the Most Rev Justin Welby.
Prince William, Duke of Cambridge said: “Even in the bleakest of times, Christmas offers peace and hope. This Christmas, the Silent Night carol services are a powerful way to remember the sacrifice made by so many in the Great War and to celebrate the peace we enjoy.”
Most Rev and Rt Hon Justin Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury “On Christmas Day 1914 the guns fell silent on the Western Front as German and British soldiers laid down their weapons, to exchange greetings, play football and sing carols. But they then returned to their hostilities. This Christmas 2014 we are invited to leave our defended positions and meet those we might consider to be our enemies, exchange greetings, make peace and sing carols.
"We do this not because of the actions of those soldiers 100 years ago. But because of the actions of God over 2,000 years ago; as He came to us, at great cost, to bring reconciliation and peace, joy and hope, life and light. And He came to us not just to bring change for one day, but for the whole of our lives.”
Sports Chaplaincy UK and HOPE Together have planned Silent Night Carols as part of HOPE’s Greater Love campaign, with the support of all the Christian denominations, military chaplaincies and sports chaplains. Prince Philip Kiril of Prussia will be attending the Silent Night Carols at Crystal Palace on 9 December. The Great, Great Grandson of Kaiser Wilhelm II, the last King of Germany, he recently apologised for his forefathers’ failure to stop World War One.
More than 300 events are taking place. They include:
Swansea City 4 Dec
Hampshire CC 6 Dec
Birmingham City 7 Dec
Bolton Wanderers 8 Dec
AFC Bournemouth 9 Dec
Crystal Palace 9 Dec
Wembley 9 Dec
St Helens RFC 10 Dec
Bradford Bulls 10 Dec
Saracens RFC 11 Dec
Stoke City 22 Dec
Ulster RFC 26 Dec
For more information about Silent Night Carols please go to www.hopetogether.org.uk/christmas
For more information about the song Silent Night (Christ The Saviour Is Born) please go to www.singsilentnight.com
UK Release of the single is December 7 2014 on Integrity Music – available to download on iTunes
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