Magazine article Times Educational Supplement

The School Is Alive with the Sound of Music (Again)

Magazine article Times Educational Supplement

The School Is Alive with the Sound of Music (Again)

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York teachers looking for charity with their festive second single

They sneaked into the charts last summer with their World Cup song: now a teacher duo from York are at it again with a tune that they hope will be a challenger for chart supremacy this Christmas.

Robin Parmiter and Ian Wilson, aka Disco Mister, teach at Huntington School in York and reached number 100 for a week in July with their England World Cup single Bring It Home.

The song may not have troubled the top of the charts, but it did win the backing of celebrities such as sports presenter Clare Balding and comedian Jack Whitehall. It even became Amazon's most downloaded song written for the 2014 tournament, beating the likes of Gary Barlow and Gary Lineker's attempt, which was subsequently dropped by the Football Association.

Buoyed by their success, the pair have decided to take on the usual contenders for the Christmas top spot, challenging the X Factor winner's single and the latest release of Band Aid's Do They Know It's Christmas? with their own effort, Everybody Dance (Happy Christmas).

Mr Parmiter, who teaches philosophy, told TES that they had chosen to record the song to raise money for charity and because its success would not depend on the England team's ability on the pitch.

"Unlike England's World Cup glory, we know that Christmas will definitely happen and doesn't rely on the ability of 11 men on a football field," he said. "We love Christmas as a time of year and we thought it would be a great opportunity to raise money."

The video for the duo's World Cup song attracted more than 100,000 views on YouTube. Their latest no-budget effort features Mr Parmiter and Mr Wilson roaming the countryside dressed as a shepherd and a king, respectively. It also references the film Pulp Fiction: the teachers are shown opening a box, the contents of which remain a secret. …

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