Welwyn Garden City Band Aid single raises cash for Ebola battle

Head Kate Smith, student Jon Davies, librarian Adam Lancaster

Head Kate Smith, student Jon Davies, librarian Adam Lancaster - Credit: Archant

A talented 18-year-old has helped to raise hundreds of pounds for charity with his own Band Aid single.

A-Level pupil Jonathan Davies, who goes to Monk’s Walk, in WGC, undertook the mammoth task of organising and directing the production and has so far raised around £1,000 for the fight against Ebola.

Jonathan, who is studying music, physics and maths, had the idea he wanted to raise money for charity and do something to help others.

Due to the timing and his passion for music, he tied the two together.

The result was a school version of the single Do They Know It’s Christmas? (Feed the World).

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The single, written by Bob Geldof and Midge Ure in 1984, was re-released with new lyrics this year to raise money to fight Ebola in west Africa.

It featured stars Ed Sheeran, Olly Murs, Ellie Goulding, Coldplay’s Chris Martin and One Direction among others.

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Jonathan said: “If I knew what I was getting myself into at the beginning I would certainly have thought a lot more before undertaking such a monumental task.

“Not only did I have to direct a team to record three versions (students, staff and orchestral), but I also had to negotiate with the charity Band Aid for the copyright, pursuing a chain of industry professionals to gain a licencing agreement, something not for the faint-hearted or un-dedicated.”

But school librarian Adam Lancaster said: “The result is a school phenomenon and has already raised an estimated £1,000 for Band Aid as well as earning Jonathan a tweet from Midge Ure himself, stating that the Band Aid legacy is in capable hands.”

He added: “All proceeds will be going to the Band Aid charity and the fight against Ebola.”

After Christmas Jonathan is looking forward to some normality and returning to his studies, but he already has an eye on a job in the music industry in the future.

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