In just a matter of weeks, ‘1914 – The Carol of Christmas’ by Military Voices has become a social media sensation and now the military charities behind the song are launching a campaign, asking the public to download the song at 19:14 on Saturday evening (20 December).

RAF Benevolent Fund Controller Air Marshal Chris Nickols says: “We're asking the whole nation to create the biggest simultaneous download ever at about 19:14 on Saturday evening in commemoration of the 1914 Christmas truce.  Downloading ‘1914 – The Carol of Christmas’ is a wonderful way to remember those events and the hope of that Christmas, and to support our Armed Forces and their families, both past and still serving.”

Social media hit

‘1914 – The Carol of Christmas’ has exploded in popularity in the few weeks since its release:

  • Performed live on BBC Breakfast this week, featured on Sky News Sunrise (Saturday 20 December), and covered by local TV around the country
  • #1 on iTunes Christmas Top Tracks, #1 in Amazon Movers and Shakers, #5 in Amazon Bestseller Rank (MP3)
  • Mayor of London Boris Johnson, Stephen Fry, Bear Grylls, and others lend support; Tweets reach more than 10 million 
  • Over 100,000 YouTube views of the video, shot at the Grave of the Unknown Warrior in Westminster Abbey (www.youtube.com/1914CarolofChristmas).
  • Massive following on Facebook with over 570,000 Views, 435,000 Likes, and 33,000 Shares
  • Playlisted on BBC Radio 2 on all BBC regional radio stations
  • Featured on Coronation Street Christmas Day programme 

The song celebrates the power of Christmas to bring peace in the midst of war and commemorates those who fought in World War One.  Military Voices is an ensemble of singers including soloists Flight Lieutenant Matt Little, Abby Scott and twelve-year-old Canterbury Cathedral chorister and BBC Radio 2’s Young Chorister of the Year Finalist William Inscoe who are accompanied by the RAF Spitfire Choir, one of the RAF’s top vocal groups.

Composed by Chris Eaton, (who wrote the 1990’s Number One Christmas hit ‘Saviour’s Day’) and Judd Field, ‘1914- The Carol of Christmas’ is raising money for the Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund, The Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity, and ABF The Soldier’s Charity.  These charities assisted the veterans throughout the last century and continue to support both serving and former Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and their families.

The video for the song was filmed at the Grave of the Unknown Warrior at Westminster Abbey in just half an hour.  In addition to the soloists and choir, the video features the Royal Marines Corps of Drums, representatives from the Sea Cadets, the Army Cadet Force and the Air Training Corps, and original footage from WW1. 

Order now

The song is available for purchase on iTunes and Google Play from 30 November with 100 per cent of the profits from the sale of the recording going to the three military charities. 

Further information

For more information please contact Samantha Budde at [email protected] or call 07825 172447