ACM to record charity festive single at Guildford campus with Surrey Arts and Big Leaf Foundation
07 Dec 2018

ACM to record festive charity single

ACM is proud to partner with Surrey Arts and Big Leaf Foundation to record a festive themed single Sunday 9th December.

With the aim of bringing together the local community to collaborate in a creative way, all aged 8 and over are welcome to join in and take part in the recording session taking place at The Electric Theatre and in our flagship studio Sunday 9th December. The I Speak Music project (created by ACM, Surrey Arts and Big Leaf Foundation) is looking forward to bringing together the local community, refugees, displaced young people and our students under one roof to create music.

“Music in its essence, is something that we all have in common. It’s everywhere from the rhythm of our first heartbeat through to family events and is, therefore, able to bring us together in a unique and safe way.”

Jim Pinchen, Composer

The single titled ‘Whatever You Believe’ (composed by Jim Pinchen) will be raising money for the Big Leaf Foundation and will fund projects that look to integrate refugees into the host communities. The single recording itself looks to mirror this ethos by inviting all of the community to come together and take part.

“We want to replace negative opinions with a simple and joyous message of peace and unity and we hope people will share it far and wide.”

Vicki Felgate, Big Leaf Foundation

With the recording taking place in our flagship studio modelled on Europe’s largest recording facility and partner to ACM, Metropolis Studios, we are honoured to have our students both perform on and record the festive single.

IMG_1421-1  “Collaboration in the creative industries is key and at ACM it is a way of working that we encourage throughout our curriculum. Having recently been awarded the runners-up prize for ‘Student Collaboration’ at The Independent Higher Education Awards, we are thrilled to be working with Surrey Arts and The Big Leaf Foundation on this single.”

Gordon Sweeney

Musicians such as Raghad Haddad, Syrian Voila player who earlier this year performed at St John’s Smith Square in London to raise money for Syrians made homeless by civil war (and received asylum herself in the UK in 2017) will be joining the local Guildford community and our students to support this fantastic project Sunday 9th December.

ACM, The Big Leaf Foundation and Surrey Arts are looking forward to releasing ‘Whatever You Believe’ on digital platforms soon – raising both funds and awareness in the hope of bringing communities together.


To find out more about ACM’s collaborative creative industries education, come along to one of ACM’s Open Days.

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