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.