The award-winning musical partnership of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and Chief Conductor Vasily Petrenko recorded their contribution to the Hillsborough Charity single at Liverpool’s Parr Street Studios today, with world renowned producer and songwriter Guy Chambers, whose father Colin was a former Principal Flute of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra.
‘He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother’ by The Hollies features top recording artists including Robbie Williams, Mel C, Paloma Faith and Beverley Knight. Also part of the impressive line-up are Mick Jones (The Clash), Peter Hooton (The Farm), Pete Wylie, Richard Hawley, Dave McCabe (The Zutons), Paul Heaton (Beautiful South), Hollie Cook, John Power (Cast) and Gerry Marsden (Gerry and the Pacemakers), Justice Tonight Band, with further names to be announced.
Steve Rotheram, MP for Liverpool Walton, who launched the plans for the charity single commented:
“Having had the honour of awarding Vasily Petrenko his ‘Honorary Scouser Citizenship’, I am delighted that he and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra have joined us in our attempts to challenge for this year’s Christmas number one with’ He Aint Heavy, He’s my Brother’. We already have so many great local artists who have recorded their vocals for the track alongside some of the industry’s biggest names, all giving their time freely for a brilliant cause, so it is fitting that the Liverpool Philharmonic will be the icing on the cake.”
Vasily Petrenko added; “The Orchestra and I are very proud to be part of this fantastic effort by so many artists to support the Hillsborough families. Their campaign for justice has been a long and painful one, in the face of a tragedy that should never have happened, and nothing like it must ever happen again.”
The Hillsborough charity single will be released on 17th December 2012, aiming to top the Christmas charts.
All artists involved are giving their time for free, and all proceeds from the sale of the single will go towards the Hillsborough Families legal costs in their fight for justice.