Auburn Jam Records has announced the release of The West End Goes MAD For Christmas, a compilation album of Christmas songs by new writers, performed by a host of West End stars. The album will be officially released on 30 November to coincide with MAD Trust’s annual fundraiser, A West End Christmas, at St Paul’s (The Actor’s Church), Covent Garden. CDs, priced at £10, are available to pre-order now via both the MAD Trust and Auburn Jam Music websites.
Songs on the album will be:
‘Together We Can Make It ’– Killian Donnelly and the cast of Les Misérables; written by Felix Hagan.
‘Home’ – Alistair Brammer; written by Gus Gowland & Alistair Brammer.
‘I Love Christmas’ – Chloe Hart; from The Bakewell Bake Off, written by The Baking Committee.
‘This Christmas’ – written and performed by Stuart Matthew Price.
‘Reindeer Wives’ – Harriet Thorpe, Christopher Howell and Sophie Isaacs; written by Anderson and Petty.
‘A Soldier’s Christmas’ – Gerónimo Rauch and Nadim Naaman; written by Nadim Naaman.
‘Praying For You’ – Gina Beck; written by Alexander Bermange.
‘The Little Match Girl’ – Janie Dee; written by Tim Connor.
Nikki and Joe Davison are the husband and wife team behind Auburn Jam Music production and recording studio, and accompanying label Auburn Jam Records. They explain the inspiration behind the album: “This year is the 5th anniversary of our studio, so we wanted to do something special to celebrate, and raise some money for the brilliant work that The Make A Difference Trust do at the same time. We have had the privilege of working with some fantastic up-and-coming new musical theatre writers, as well as talented West End performers and singer-songwriters to produce albums and original cast and concept recordings over the past five years, so it seemed like the perfect celebration to do a Christmas album of new songs! The album is very eclectic, there’s rock, pop, classical, comedy… definitely something for everyone.”
The Make A Difference Trust, or MAD Trust, brings together the British Entertainment community and its audiences to raise funds to support people living with HIV and AIDS in the UK and South Africa, and those in the entertainment industry facing hardship as a result of a long-term chronic illness.
A spokesperson for the charity added: “The Make A Difference Trust is thrilled to be working with Nikki and Joe at Auburn Jam Records, and the many talents of the writers and performers, who have joined together to make a difference to the lives of individuals and communities living with, and affected by, HIV, both in the UK and Southern Africa. Music has the power to transcend stigma, discrimination and prejudice, and we are proud and grateful to everyone involved, who has joined together as one community to help us raise funds to provide education, care and support. Thank you.”
A donation from each album sale will go to the charity. Pre-ordered CDs will be dispatched on Friday 28 November, or are available to collect at A West End Christmas on Sunday 30 November. The CD will come with a lyric booklet including behind-the-scenes photos by Kate Scott of the recording sessions, and illustrations by artist Darryl Carpenter. The album will also be available to download via all major online retailers, including iTunes and Amazon MP3 from Sunday 30 November.
To pre-order CDs: