All proceeds that the College make from the song will be going
to support local mental health charities to help young people in
Music production learners along with students from the college's
IT and Hospitality and Catering department have recorded and
produced the song at the college's Ashington campus, which has a
vocal booth and industry-standard equipment and software including
Steinberg, PioneerPro and Cubase.
Lyrics were co-written by Music Production student Katie Smith
alongside Music Production Course Leader, Michael Evans who has 25
years' experience within the music industry and lecturer, Martyn
Rutherford lead the mixing.
Michael said: "The song is fantastic and they have worked so
hard to pull it together in a short period of time. Not only are
the students doing something fantastic for charity they are
learning so many new skills, including music production, music
distrubition and marketing."
"I hope everyone can come together to help support the students
and this great cause which is close to a lot of the student's
The song, titled 'Brand New Year' takes inspiration from
Christmas hits such as Band Aid's, 'Do they know it's Christmas?
and Slade's, 'Merry Xmas Everybody' combining a contemporary
electronic dance feel with a singalong chorus, about spending time
with family, looking ahead to a new year, whilst not forgetting the
obligatory jingling bells.
Downloads will be free but everyone is asked to pay a donation
of whatever they wish or can afford, with all proceeds going to
Anyone wishing to purchase the track and make a donation should
visit Northumberland College's Bandcamp page https://ncmp.bandcamp.com/releases