Boys from Bedford School’s Chapel Choir, including BBC Young Chorister of the Year Alexander Olleson, have released a special Remembrance Day single with the Chelsea Pensioners today.
The boys recorded ‘White Doves of Peace,’ written by singer and songwriter Jamie Lonsdale, inside the school’s grade II chapel earlier this year.
It was then blended with a recording of The Chelsea Pensioners, a symphony orchestra, and a military brass band, at the world-famous Abbey Road Studios in London.
The single commemorates Remembrance Day with an emphasis on the importance of peace and respect for one another.
“The song aspires to global peace, a fairer world, living in harmony whilst always remembering those who gave their lives,” said Jamie.
“It was a true privilege to feature on the single alongside the brilliant Chelsea Pensioners, military brass band and orchestra,” said Alexander.
“It is so important we continue to honour the heroes who gave their lives for our freedom, and I hope the White Doves of Peace serves as a fitting tribute to them all.”
Head of Choral Music at Bedford School, Mr Keith Roberts added, “It was a great privilege for our choristers to be involved in this project, to work (albeit remotely) with the Chelsea Pensioners and to have an orchestral backing track.”
Captain Sir Tom Moore
There is also a mention of the late Captain Sir Tom Moore in the song’s lyrics for the way he “stepped towards his goals”.
Captain Tom, who lived in nearby Marston Moretaine, captured the hearts of the nation after he raised £38.9m in three and a half weeks for the NHS.
Bedford School has a close link with his family.
His grandson Benji attends the school, and it served as a postal sorting office to handle thousands of birthday cards for the Captain’s 100th birthday.
The single ‘White Doves of Peace’ is available to download now on all major music platforms.