‘Poppies of Red’ was written on 24th November 2017 not long after last year’s Remembrance Day. Mrs Salloway wrote the song after walking around school and seeing the school poppy garden and the remembrance displays up in school. The song was also created to mark the centenary year of the end of WW1 (1918 to 2018) and to teach children why people wear poppies and to thank all our Service men and women for the sacrifice they paid.
During the months of April to June 2018 the song was produced in Mrs Salloway’s home studio, as well as this our wonderful children started to learn to sing the song. Once production was finished, on a very hot day on 28th June the children were recorded during a school assembly. The song was then mixed and finished in the studio during June and July.
Once it was finished, on 30th July Poppies of Red was entered into The Royal British Legion’s Thank You Creative Competition in the Music Category and on 6th August, it was released on all music stores as a charity single, raising money for The Royal British Legion and Help for Heroes.
During September, Poppies of Red was played on Radio Nottingham and featured in the Nottingham Evening Post and Eastwood and Kimberley Advertiser, it was also played on BFBS Forces Radio several times.
On 16th October we found out the amazing news that our school song had come 3rd out of over 1,100 entries in the Royal British Legion’s National competition! What an achievement for our children and school – a huge well done to everyone involved in making this happen! We couldn’t be prouder. The school will feature in the written Festival of Remembrance Programmes taking place in London on Sat, 10th Nov. This event is televised by the BBC and The Royal Family will be in attendance.
HOW MUCH HAVE WE RAISED
CD sales have reached a whopping £600 and we haven’t yet finished fund raising. The final total will be given at the end of November. All monies raised are going to The Royal British Legion and Help for Heroes.
‘Poppies of Red’ was performed by the whole school at our Harvest Festival event in October.
On Sunday, 28th October the school choir performed the song at The Royal British Legion’s Festival of Remembrance at Mansfield Palace Theatre in front of approx. 500 people. Well done to all the children– you made us very proud, your performance was absolutely brilliant! We managed to raise £100 on the night from CD sales.
On 5th November, some children from the school choir also performed at Morrisons store in Eastwood. The school raised £170 in about 45 minutes - this was absolutely incredible! It was an honour to sing in the community and many people were really impressed with the children’s singing. Some people were a little emotional; there weren’t many dry eyes around.
On 10th November the school choir will perform at Greasley Sports Centre, at a School’s WW1 event. The children are singing Poppies of Red, The Friendship Song, as well as one of our Year 6 boys who will be singing We’ll Meet Again. Everyone welcome, 5 pm start.
The children have also been asked to sing at St Mary’s Church in Eastwood on Remembrance Sunday at 9.30 am to 10.30 am. Everyone is welcome to the service.