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Glaswegian social entrepreneurs launch charity Christmas album

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Nathan and Matthew Todd have put together 14 tracks featuring young singers from around the world to raise funds for Operation Christmas Child

Two Glasgow-based brothers have launched a music compilation album featuring young independent artists from around the world in a bid to raise money for an international children’s charity,

Nathan and Matthew Todd from Pollokshields enlisted the help of singers, mainly aged 12 and 13 years old, for the 14-track album International Christmas Child.

The brothers, who are producing the album via their social enterprise company Lux Ventus will sell the album in the run-up to Christmas, aiming to raise more than £2,500 for the charity campaign Operation Christmas Child, part of the international aid charity Samaritan’s Purse.

“Children are naturally compassionate,” said Matthew, 26, a classically trained tenor, choral director and community musician.

“In my experience of promoting and supporting young talent from around the world, I find it amazing just how many children have a genuine desire to use their gifts to benefit others.”

Nathan, 20, said: “The vision is simple: we want children around the world, to help children around the world, through music.”

Thirteen artists have contributed to the album from Brazil, France, Norway, Texas, Illinois, Canada, Australia, Romania, Germany, England and Scotland.

Though the majority of the artists sing in English, it also features Portuguese, French, Spanish and Romanian.

It also features The New Scottish Youth Choir.

The Operation Christmas Child campaign sees thousands of churches, groups and individual donors prepare and collect shoeboxes filled with toys, school supplies, personal items, and other small gifts which are distributed to underprivileged children in over 100 countries.

The International Christmas Child album will be distributed globally through major digital providers such as iTunes, Amazon, Google Play, and Spotify.

 

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