Pupils at Monkton Combe Prep and Pre-Prep schools have visited a recording studio to record a Christmas single which they hope will raise hundreds of pounds to help vulnerable and homeless people in Bath.

The children at the school just a mile from Bath came together to record the carol which has been composed by Monkton Music teacher Julian Scott.

The song entitled ‘Open up your hearts’ was performed by Monkton’s Junior choir in the school’s recording studio with a CD and digital download also released.

All of the profits from the sale of the recording will be donated to the Bath based charity Genesis Trust which supports thousands of people in the city struggling with poverty and homelessness every year.

Director of Music at Monkton Prep School Helen Harris said, “This is such an exciting project for everyone at Monkton. All of the children have been practising for weeks to learn this wonderful Christmas song.”

“The words of ‘Open up your hearts’ are perfectly in tune with the Christmas message, our ethos as a school and our wish to help others. We are so pleased to be supporting such an important charity as the Genesis Trust and being able to support their essential work.”

Nick Mayo, Chief Executive of Genesis Trust, added, “What a wonderful way to celebrate Christmas in the city. We are so touched and grateful that the children have chosen to support Genesis Trust. All the money raised will go to supporting vulnerable people locally at a time of year that is exceptionally difficult if you are struggling with poverty or have nowhere to live.”

Copies of the recording will be available as a CD on sale at the school and the Genesis Trust. A digital download of the track will be available via the school’s website – www.monktoncombeschool.com

The pupils will also be performing the song at Monkton’s annual school Christmas Carol Concert at Bath Abbey on the 13 December.