Video: Honington’s chaplain in joint-forces carol recording for military charities

The chaplain at RAF Honington is part of a joint-forces strike in the battle for the Christmas number one.

Squadron Leader Michael Chatfield has been a member of the RAF Spitfire Choir since joining the forces in 2010. As the air force’s top vocal groups it was asked to provide backing for the charity song ‘1914 – The Carol of Christmas’.

Military Voices at Westminster Abbey during filming the video ANL-140212-174411001

Military Voices at Westminster Abbey during filming the video ANL-140212-174411001

It is sung by an ensemble of military voices including Flight Lieutenant Matt Little, Abby Scott and 12-year-old Canterbury Cathedral chorister and BBC Radio 2’s Young Chorister of the Year Finalist William Inscoe.

Written by Chris Eaton, who wrote the 1990s Christmas Number One Saviour’s Day, and Judd Field, it will raise money for the RAF Benevolent Fund, The Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity and ABF The Soldier’s Charity.

These charities have helped veterans through the last century and continue to support serving and former service people and their families.

Michael said the Spitfire Choir recorded the backing vocals in a London studio separately from the other performers last month and only heard the completed recording only a few days before they had to sing it for the video recorded at the Grave of the Unknown Soldier in Westminster Abbey.

Sq Ldr  Michael Chatfield, Chaplain at RAF Honington''Picture: MOD Crown Copyright  ANL-140212-174400001

Sq Ldr Michael Chatfield, Chaplain at RAF Honington''Picture: MOD Crown Copyright ANL-140212-174400001

“The song had also been slightly tweaked for the video so there were a lot of last minute rehearsals,” he said. “But the video is very good – you can see it on You Tube.”

You can buy the song on iTunes, Amazon MP3 Store and Google Play with all profits going to the three charities.