Pupils’ CD is on track for success

18-12-2014'Millersneuk Primary, Lenzie Christmas CD.'Picture Paul McSherry.
18-12-2014'Millersneuk Primary, Lenzie Christmas CD.'Picture Paul McSherry.

Forget the X-Factor, one Lenzie primary school is vying for festive chart success with a song that has become a worldwide iTunes sensation.

Millersneuk Primary pupils recorded a version of ‘It’s Christmas Day’, which was written a number of years ago by one of their parents.

He gave permission for the song to be recorded and sold online and as a CD on behalf of the Parent Teacher Association for school funds.

And already more than 200 discs have been sold, with more downloaded via iTunes, Amazon and Googleplay in the past two weeks.

Head teacher Greg Caldow told the Herald: “It’s been great fun to do.

“There’s been a lot of practising and we had to get special recording equipment in to get the sound right.”

The song has been covered by numerous artists, including the world famous St Winifred’s School Choir and London’s Happy Day Gospel Choir.

Closer to home, Balfron Primary School also recorded a version a few years ago, which made national news.

Since being dreamed up by the talented parent, the song has gone on to be played on radio and television, everywhere from Reporting Scotland to Radio 2.

Meanwhile, a version recorded by Phillipines pop star Mari Nallos has been played online thousands of times.

And a YouTube video of the song has remarkably accumulated over 200,000 separate views.

While fundraising has not been the main aim of the project, the song is beginning to bring the cash in - though maybe not quite to the extent of Simon Cowell’s latest television talent show find.

Mr Caldow said: “It was more for the kudos of doing something like this. It is a first for the school.”

The pupils have now become part of a list of performers to have taken on the catchy Christmas tune.

They have included schools and churches from across the USA, Mexico, Canada, South Africa, Ireland, England, Scotland and Spain.

For more information about the song, including a video of the Millersneuk Primary performance and details of how to buy yourself a copy, go online to www.itschristmasday.com

You can also download the lyrics and buy the sheet music should you fancy trying the song yourself.