GamesOnSong raises £12,500 for GamesAid
Games industry Choir performs live in London to a packed house
19 th December 2012. London, UK : Tired of the modern day Christmas excesses and over the top behaviour? Ever fancied a bit more of a ‘Trad’ celebration? Well the GamesAid Choir GamesOnSong delivered just that last night at St Stephen’s in Hampstead, London.
The GamesOnSong choir was the brain child of Ian Chambers who managed to get together a band 22 willing ‘singers’ from 18 different companies from the computer and video games industry. Most of the choir were total novices and early signs were not actually that promising. But following a strict regime of practice, practice and more practice, the choir made their debut performance in front of a crowd of 170 guests all who donated money to GamesAid.
The event raised a whopping £12,500 for GamesAid and special thanks go to all those who paid to see the GamesOnSong choir perform last night. The repertoire included classic Christmas Carols such as Silent Night, We Wish You a Merry Christmas, Hark the Herald Angels and an incredibly rousing version of Jerusalem. Highlights of the night went to the soloists, Keith Ramsdale, Rob Cooper, Becca Roberts, Ian Livingstone and Katie Brooks all of whom delivered bravura performances with style and passion to boot.
The full GamesOnSong line up was Bruce Grove (OnLive), Andy Payne (Mastertronic) Harry Holmwood (Marvelous), Rob Cooper (Ubisoft), John Clarke (Sega), Chris Marcus (Ubisoft), Alan Dykes (Ubisoft) Tracey McGarrigan (SciFi London) Kirsty Payne (Rocket Media), Jo Twist (Ukie), Charlotte Simmonds (PR Consultant), Vicky Baker (Superhero), Ian Livingstone (Eidos), Keith Ramsdale (EA), Rich Keen (IGN), Phil Brannelly (Thumbstar Games), Ian Chambers (Choirmaster & IGN), Paul Marcantonio (Click and Buy), Peter Oliver (Sega) Sophie Cristobal (Localisation Consultant), Becca Roberts (Indigo Pearl), Katie Brooks (Bethesda) Ombeline Wallon (Ubisoft)
GamesAid is a charity working within the UK Games and Interactive Entertainment Industry and acts as a means of giving something back on behalf of the industry. It acts as an overarching broker of charitable activities and distributes funds to a diverse range of UK based charities. It is a non-trading body administered by Trustees and formally run by a chairman.
Funds are raised in a number of ways including, but not limited to: social or sporting events, individual and corporate donations, games packs and in-App purchases.
Charities supported must all be registered and will go through a due diligence process to ensure they meet the GamesAid requirements namely small to medium sized charities that have a turnover under £5m pa and who support children and young people based in the UK.
Anyone who works in the UK video games industry is eligible to become a member. Once a member they are updated with regular newsletters and can nominate charities for the rest of the membership to vote on to receive funds.
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