Charity single debuts with 1,500 voice performance at Royal Albert Hall

A new Christmas song aiming to raise money for CLIC Sargent was debuted along with a 1,500-strong children’s choir at the Royal Albert Hall.

Charity single debuts with 1,500 voice performance at Royal Albert Hall

A new Christmas song aiming to raise money for CLIC Sargent was debuted along with a 1,500-strong children's choir at the Royal Albert Hall.

Singer-songwriter Tom Billington has released his first ever Christmas single, titled ‘This Time Next Year', aimed at raising awareness and money for the charity, which fights for young lives struck by cancer.

The new track was given a spectacular debut at the Royal Albert Hall on December 7, when it was performed at The Christmas Celebration 2016 with Young Voices, which saw hundreds of school children in choirs sing along with Tom.

Tom said: “I wanted the song to be poignant but also very positive. Three years ago, the daughter of a childhood friend became ill with cancer and they were supported brilliantly by the CLIC Sargent network – I want them to love this song as much as everyone.

“I also wanted to make sure the song gave the Young Voices choir a featured role and I was delighted to perform at the event for the second year in a row.

“Music is such a powerful thing, it allows people to respond and react in unexpected and brilliant ways. I’m so grateful to have the opportunity to do what I love every day.”

Phil Day, CLIC Sargent’s Music Coordinator, said: ““Music is a wonderful way to draw attention to an issue, as well as engaging people and bringing them together. Tom’s performance was fantastic and I am sure the song will do well.”

All money from the sales and downloads of ‘This Time Next Year’ will be donated to CLIC Sargent, which aims to limit the damage cancer causes to young lives beyond their health. It provides specialist support to help guide each young cancer patient and their family and fights for them individually, nationally and locally.

The song is available on iTunes.

For more information, an interview or images please contact Nick Edmondson on 020 8752 2856 or email nick.edmondson@clicsargent.org.uk. Outside office hours please call 08448 481189.

About cancer in children and young people

Today, 11 more children and young people in the UK will hear the devastating news that they have cancer. Treatment normally starts immediately, is often given many miles from home and can last for up to three years. Although survival rates are over 80%, cancer remains the single largest cause of death from disease in children and young people in the UK.

About CLIC Sargent

When cancer strikes young lives CLIC Sargent helps families limit the damage cancer causes beyond their health. CLIC Sargent is the UK’s leading charity for young cancer patients and their families. We provide specialist support, to help and guide each young cancer patient and their family. We will fight tirelessly for them, individually, locally and nationally. For more information, visit www.clicsargent.org.uk

Note to sub editors

Please note that the name ‘CLIC Sargent’ should not be abbreviated to CLIC, and that the word ‘CLIC’ should always appear in capitals, as above.   

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