Auburn Jam Records is pleased to announce the release of ‘The West End Goes MAD For Christmas’; a compilation album of Christmas songs by new writers, performed by a host of West End stars. The album will be officially released on November 30th to coincide with MAD Trust’s annual fundraiser, ‘A West End Christmas’, at St Paul’s (The Actor’s Church), Covent Garden. CDs, priced at £10, are available to pre-order now via both the MAD Trust and Auburn Jam Music websites.
Songs on the album will be:
Together We Can Make It – Killian Donnelly & the cast of Les Misérables; written by Felix Hagan
Home – Alistair Brammer; written by Gus Gowland & Alistair Brammer
I Love Christmas – Chloe Hart; from The Bakewell Bake Off written by The Baking Committee
This Christmas – written & performed by Stuart Matthew Price
Reindeer Wives – Harriet Thorpe, Christopher Howell & Sophie Isaacs; written by Anderson & Petty
A Soldier’s Christmas – Gerónimo Rauch & Nadim Naaman; written by Nadim Naaman
Praying For You – Gina Beck; written by Alexander Bermange
The Little Match Girl – Janie Dee; written by Tim Connor
Nikki & Joe Davison are the husband & wife team behind Auburn Jam Music production & recording studio, & accompanying label Auburn Jam Records. They explain the inspiration behind the album:
“This year is the 5th anniversary of our studio, so we wanted to do something special to celebrate, and raise some money for the brilliant work that The Make A Difference Trust do at the same time. We have had the privilege of working with some fantastic up-and-coming new musical theatre writers, as well as talented West End performers and singer-songwriters to produce albums and original cast & concept recordings over the past five years, so it seemed like the perfect celebration to do a Christmas album of new songs! The album is very eclectic, there’s rock, pop, classical, comedy… definitely something for everyone!”
“We’re so grateful to all the writers and singers involved for giving their talents so willingly; to Kate Scott for her album photography which has really captured the festive spirit of the recording sessions; to Darryl Carpenter for his beautiful illustrations for the album artwork; and also to Mandy Wheeler & Rob Ottey at Cameron Mackintosh LTD for co-ordinating us recording the Les Misérables cast at the Queen’s Theatre, which was a day to remember! Thank you all! ”
The Make A Difference Trust, or MAD Trust, brings together the British Entertainment community and its audiences to raise funds to support people living with HIV and AIDS in the UK and South Arica, and those in the entertainment industry facing hardship as a result of a long-term chronic illness.
“The Make A Difference Trust is thrilled to be working with Nikki & Joe at Auburn Jam Records, and the many talents of the writers & performers, who have joined together to make a difference to the lives of individuals and communities living with, and affected by, HIV, both in the UK and Southern Africa. Music has the power to transcend stigma, discrimination and prejudice, and we are proud & grateful to everyone involved, who has joined together as one community to help us raise funds to provide education, care and support. Thank you.”
A donation from each album sale will go to the charity. Pre-ordered CDs will be dispatched on Friday 28th November, or available to collect at ‘A West End Christmas’ on Sunday 30th November. The CD will come with a lyric booklet including behind-the-scenes photos by Kate Scott of the recording sessions, and beautiful illustrations by artist Darryl Carpenter. The album will also be available to download via all major online retailers, including iTunes & Amazon MP3 from Sunday 30th November.
To pre-order CDs:
Photography by Kate Scott:
Illustrations by Darryl Carpenter:
Tuesday 21st October 2014