400 other children also from the Oxford area came together to record the song, with the two youngsters, which will see all proceeds being donated to the Dyslexia Action charity.
Francesca Longrigg, writer and creator of THE LAND OF SOMETIMES CD from which the single is taken from has said:
“This single is by children for children. In the music industry particularly with the likes of X Factor and Novelty singles competing for the top spot we wanted to remember what the heart of Christmas is all about – the children and give them a chance to shine and have their special moment.”
Ladbrokes have put the children in front of the likes of Kylie Minogue, Girls Aloud and Olly Murs with only the X Factor hopefuls Jermaine Douglas, James Arthur and the Hillsborough charity single in front of them.
Auditions took place over several months to find the two children who would play the roles of Alfie and Elise, the two central characters in the magical Land of Sometimes story/musical.
Children came from all over Oxfordshire and were asked to perform in front of a panel which included musical director of the single Mo Westworth (also founder of Unison Rock Academy), Marc Marot - 'Former president of Island records, and now chairman of the Crown Talent and Media group who manage Jessie J as well as Kirsty Leahy - Banbury Sound/Touch FM radio DJ.
The two talented youngsters to be picked were Libby Griffiths, age 10 who attends the Sibford Junior School and Will Homewood, age 12 who attends The Warriner School.
Will and Libby came together with 400 other children from the Oxfordshire area on the 28th November to record the single at St Mary's Church, Banbury, which may see some of Oxfordshire’s brightest and talented young children in a race with the X factor winner to get to the top of the charts!
THE LAND OF SOMETIMES is a musical CD for children, the magical story of two twins who go on a journey to a far away land and along the way meet the most eccentric characters who all have their own song. Fans include Ewan McGregor and Laura Bailey and reviews have appeared in many national papers such as The Daily Telegraph and The Times. All have been enchanted by this wonderfully unique CD.
Proceeds from the single go to the charity Dyslexia Action, the biggest dyslexia charity in the UK. We believe in the tremendous power of music in helping to transform learning difficulties, and indeed the Land of Sometimes' very own Isadora, who plays Elise on the album, felt that her involvement in recording The Land Of Sometimes boosted her confidence and helped her overcome learning difficulties from her dyslexia enormously.
Libby Griffiths who will sing the lead part of Elise is also Dyslexic, which the panel had no idea of until after she had won the part!
“Dyslexia Action are so grateful for being the partner charity of the single made by all at the ‘Land of Sometimes’. We are very keen to have enthusiastic fundraisers such as LOS on this team, supporting the charity. It is both such a lovely and unique idea and we are glad to be a part of it. The money raised from this single will be used to help change many lives and help to break down the barriers in education that those living with dyslexia face. On behalf of Dyslexia Action, I’d like to thank all those involved in making this wonderful piece of music and to all those who purchase it and therefore support this very worthy cause”
Danielle Perrin, Supporter Relationship Team
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