MOVE over Cliff Richard, a Wearside school is recording its own Christmas CD.
The pupils and staff at Newbottle Primary School had a recording studio brought to them so they could create their own festive music.
The Houghton Road school invited the company, My School CD, along to help them plan and record the tracks.
Kevin Beston, deputy headteacher at the school, said: “We thought this was a great way for the children to experience something completely different, and the whole school has been involved with the project.”
He said they wanted the children to experience all the different aspects of being singers, such as rehearsing regularly, recording the songs and singing live.
The pupils will be performing the music nearer to Christmas, both in school and for the benefit of the community.
The children also helped create the artwork for the CD cover.Each class was given a song to perform, and has been rehearsing for weeks, and the school and staff choirs have also had their tracks recorded.
The CD will end with a version of White Christmas, where the singers are accompanied by just a piano.
Mr Beston said: “It was a bit strange rehearsing Christmas carols at Halloween, but a couple of the children said they already had their decorations up.
“The CD is not just traditional carols – it’s quite a modern style. A sort of Newbottle does Michael Buble.”
My School CD went along to the school to record all the tracks and the CDs will be delivered to them before the children break up for the holidays.
Mr Beston said: “Every child will be given a free copy of the CD to take home with them, which they can wrap up as a gift for someone, or keep for themselves.”
The project has proved a success and very interesting for the children, who are excited waiting for their CDs to arrive.