Finally, the Christmas Charts Get Some Xmas Factor!

By Calmsound, PRNE
Sunday, November 28, 2010

LONDON, November 29, 2010 - My Favourite Time of Year by The Florin Street Band is being
hailed as the first classic Christmas song in decades. The ambitious
Victorian-themed project features dozens of musicians including The English
Chamber Choir who were recorded at Trevor Horn's studios in London. The
accompanying period music video attracted the skills of top American
cinematographer, John Perez, and sees an entire Victorian town covered in
snow, with a cast and crew of over 100 people. This was all achieved without
record company backing because of one man's sheer determination. After three
years of trying to persuade the major record companies to compete with The X
Factor, British composer Leigh Haggerwood decided to make it happen himself
by gathering his musician friends and using his life savings to fund the


Disappointed by the demise of the Christmas charts, Leigh
Haggerwood set about writing an authentic, traditional style song that would
include all the elements of true Christmas classics.

"I grew up in the 70's and 80's at a time when everyone looked
forward to the charts on Christmas day, but the magic has gone because nobody
seems to be writing new Christmas songs anymore and the music industry is now
geared towards albums, not singles. Writing a song that could match the
standard of the songs we know and love was a massive challenge for me, but as
My Favourite Time of Year evolved, it felt like it was meant to be. I
imagined the music video as a Victorian winter wonderland setting as I was
writing the lyrics, but an idea like that costs money, and I couldn't find
anyone to back me. When the Facebook campaign made number one at Christmas
2009 I was quite encouraged - it was clear that people really do care about
the Christmas charts, so I took the decision to gather together my musician
friends and form a collective which I called 'The Florin Street Band'."

Victorian Video

Video production companies would not entertain such a grand
production idea with such a small budget, and this was the next barrier. But
Leigh was fortunate enough to discover a talented director called Nick
and his company Pixelloft.

"I was blown away by the quality of his work. He loved the
song and totally got my vision of snow-filled streets, lanterns, and a
magical feel. Budget was a big issue; we squeezed every possibility out of
what I could afford and asked friends and family to help. Meanwhile, a
legendary American cinematographer called John Perez heard about the project
and loved the idea of the quaint English Victorian town so he offered his
services as Director of Photography, and with his incredible CV which
includes videos by Beyoncé, Jay-Z, Rihanna and Coldplay, this was a major
scoop. We chose Blists Hill Victorian Town at Ironbridge in Shropshire as our
location. It's a wonderful place, very authentic and quaint and the result is
a beautiful video that really captures the spirit of Christmas."

Christmas 2010

My Favourite Time of Year is a heart-warming Christmas song
with strong melodies and a style that echoes classic Christmas carols. It
heralds the start of a new era in Christmas song writing and could also be
the biggest wake-up call that the British music industry has had for years,
not least because this was all achieved without them! Released December
6th2010 - UK, USA, Canada, Sweden, Australia.

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    Kay Jones, Chief Marketing Officer, Calmsound.

Kay Jones, Chief Marketing Officer, Calmsound. Tel: +44-7702-711675, kay.jones at

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