Today is the official launch of the commemorative single “I Will be There” by Andy Cox featuring ‘Britain’s Got Talent’ finalist Faryl Smith in aid of Walking With The Wounded.
The single is from the album ‘Inconnu’ by independent record label Symphonic Architect which was launched to mark the 100th anniversary of World War One.
Composer Andy Cox said: “The single is a message of support from and for all those involved in and touched by the conflict including the families of the soldiers back home offering their support to serving personnel.”
Please view the video and download the single via www.inconnu.co.uk
‘Inconnu’ is French for ‘Unknown’ and is the single word engraved on thousands of gravestones in the many military cemeteries found in France and Belgium. They are a lasting tribute to the men of the allied forces who gave their lives fighting against Germany and her supporters in the First World War.
Composer, Andy Cox, adopted it as the title for this project for the same reason and to extend that tribute to those men and women who have served their countries in conflict since and still do today.
Inconnu is a concept album telling a story that takes place during the First World War but also identifies it as a story that has been telling itself time and time again throughout history. It depicts how war has tragically touched one family for three generations and may still continue to do so, or maybe the cycle will be broken.
The single and album feature the vocals of Faryl, whose debut album became the fastest selling classical album in chart history, surpassing the debut releases of Lucianno Pavorotti and Katherine Jenkins. She has performed at the FA Cup Final, sung for Her Majesty the Queen at various royal occasions and accompanied the likes of Placido Domingo and Joses Carreras.
Former Eastenders actress Lucy Benjamin plays the role of Mary on Inconnu, a modern day grandmother of a young man fighting a modern war in the Middle East, but she is also the granddaughter of Niamh and Thomas who are central to the story during the First World War years. Mary is the link between the two time periods and carries the story along through the narration of diaries and letters written by Niamh and Thomas.
The record also features narration from British actor John Nettles (Bergerac, Midsomer Murders) and performances from Mark Benton (Waterloo Road, Strictly Come Dancing 2013 and the Hairspray UK Tour), West End artists Annalene Beechey (Les Miserables, Phantom of the Opera, Wicked) and David O’Mahoney (the Bodyguard) as well as vocal group and classical BRIT winners Blake.
100% of the proceeds will be donated to Walking With The Wounded.
“The First World War has long been a subject of particular interest for me and the idea of creating a musical work on the subject has been many years in development,” said Andy Cox. “I am delighted to be involved with Walking With The Wounded and to be able to align a personal interest and ambition of mine with an opportunity to support their fantastic work.”
HOW YOU CAN SUPPORT IT
1. Download a copy of the single now
2. Add a name to the Roll of Honour
For £25 the name of an ancestor, family member or friend, living or fallen and from any conflict can be entered onto the Roll of Honour. The Roll will be published on the website, printed in the booklet for the digital album and any physical copies produced. It will also be narrated as a final track on the album.