Hi, I'm Stephen Macken, a professional television cameraman and an amateur musical theatre performer with Galway Musical Society. I have brought together a chorus of over 200 voices (at the moment, it's growing daily) drawn mostly from the world of amateur musical theatre across the island of Ireland who are going to sing their hearts out for four year old Lily-Mae Morrison from Claregalway who is suffering from stage four Neuroblastoma, a rare childhood cancer of the Nervous system. Joining this choir are Paddy Casey, Camille O'Sullivan, Mundy and John Spillane, Julie Feeney has added her support too along with Kila and Preacher's son, and there are others who will come on board as we get closer to the recording. Also supporting the project and lending their voices are West End performers, Aoife Mulholland, Killian Donnelly, Rob Vickers and Niall Sheehy.
We will have a band and orchestra comprising some of the best professional musicians in the country who are giving their time for free to be involved with this project.
The funds raised through FundIt.ie are to cover the costs associated with the recording; the venue, the recording engineers and their equipment, the lighting for the music video, the public liability insurance, acoustic curtains, buckets of coffee, in fact, everything that you could possibly imagine that you would need to record this song.
I initiated this project because Lily-Mae's Mum and Dad are my friends, because my two daughters go to the same ballet school as Lily-Mae and because, as a parent, I'm angry that there is a cancer that mostly affects children - infants, toddlers and the very young, those that have the most life to live and therefore the most to lose. I want to create as much noise about Neuroblastoma as possible and a Christmas number one will help create a lot of noise. When Lily-Mae's Mum told me her daughter had the disease I had to search for it on the internet, as I'm sure most of you will, and when you find it, you'll want to help out too, you'll want it so that people don't have to search for it, that people will know what it is so that when they're asked to support a search for treatments and a cure they'll say sure, I know what that is, of course I'll help.
I know that we can make this a Christmas number one. There are over 10,000 people on the island of Ireland who take part in musical theatre every year, from performers to musicians, from stage hands to front of house, and that network is what will make the difference. The singers and musicians are drawn from their ranks, we know each other and we support each other. With your help we can make this a reality.
Thanks for taking the time to read this.