All Together Now Bids For Number One
Today sees the launch of The Peace Collective’s Altogether Now, the single released to commemorate a century since the Christmas truce of World War One.
Musicians from across the spectrum came together to re-record The Farm’s hit in a bid to mark a century since British and German troops laid down their weapons and made their way into no-man’s land to sing carols, swap gifts and play football.
Today members of the collective are at the final of the Christmas Truce International Tournament in Ypres to perform the song. The Farm’s singer Peter Hooton said: “It was the organisers of the tournament who inspired us to re-record the song. They asked us if we’d play the song at the tournament and it all went from there.
“After doing the Justice Collective two years ago we had a list of people to call on. It was a different thing, so we called it the Peace Collective.”
Musicians include Alexandra Burke, Guy Chambers, Gabrielle, The Proclaimers, Engelbert Humperdinck, Holly Johnson, Jah Wobble, David Gray, Jane McDonald, I Am Kloot, Shara Nelson, Amelle Berrabah from The Sugababes and The Farm themselves. They were joined by 60 footballers, 38 from Premier League clubs and 22 from German (mainly Bundesliga) clubs.
The children came to Liverpool for a weekend and recorded the song together at Parr Street Studios in a great spirit of togetherness. The boys sing in English and German.
The single is released digitally today and will be available in shops tomorrow. The collective hope it will be Christmas number one.
“You never know with the Christmas charts,” said Peter. “It would be good to raise as much as we can for two great causes.”
All profits from the release will go to the British Red Cross and the Shorncliffe Trust. To order the song text GET PEACE to 84222. (T&Cs: Texts cost £1. + 1 standard rate msg. Help: 0333 003 0580)