Military choir sets its sights on Christmas number one

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One hundred years on from the first Christmas in the trenches of the Great War, a host of military voices have joined the battle for the Christmas number one.

The song, 1914 - The Carol Of Christmas, celebrates the power of Christmas to bring peace in the midst of conflict and commemorates those who fought in the First World War.

The group, called Military Voices, draws its members from the RAF Spitfire Choir, as well as featuring the Royal Marines Corps of Drums and representatives from the Sea Cadets, the Army Cadet Force and the Air Training Corps.

The video for the song was filmed at the Grave of the Unknown Warrior at Westminster Abbey and contains original footage from the Great War.

Composer Chris Eaton said: “My hope and prayer is that my song 1914 - The Carol Of Christmas will move and inspire all generations as they listen, to remember with honour and respect those, past and present, engaged in war, and be filled with hope for everlasting peace through the message of Christmas.”

Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund Controller Air Marshal Chris Nickols said downloading the song is “a wonderful way of honouring those who served in the Great War and supporting today’s veterans and military personnel”.

The song is raising money for the Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund, The Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity, and ABF The Soldier’s Charity.

But it faces a challenge to make Christmas number one, with tough competition from the new Band Aid single and the X Factor winner.