18th September 2020
3rd Form Wakefield music scholar from Farnham, Cai Thomas, has launched a crowdfunding campaign to record the song ‘Wherever you are’ by Welsh composer Paul Mealor, accompanied by choristers from St Thomas on the Bourne in Farnham. 12 months ago, Cai recorded his first album ‘Seren’ which was nominated both a Classic FM and Scala Radio album of the week staying in the classical charts for a 10 week period. Recording his new single which is due out in early December in time for Christmas, Cai will be joined by the Thomas-on-The Bourne parish church choir. It is hoped he will inspire more children to join the choir and enjoy the fun of singing in a choral environment.
Cai joined King Edward’s in September from Edgeborough School where he was taught by Director of Music, Robert Lewis. An extremely talented young man, in 2019 Cai performed in the finals of the BBC Radio 2 Chorister of the Year competition; sang live for Classic FM with conductor Karl Jenkins; sang live at various performances across the UK; gave TV and radio interviews, and appeared on the BBC, ITV, S4C, TBNUK and Scala Radio. The support received for his videos has been incredible with almost 4 million views on the Classic FM Facebook page and over 1.5million followers on his own YouTube channel.
Through the sale of his new single Cai has chosen to donate all the royalties to the charity ‘Robbie’s Rehab’ which is based at Southampton Hospital. The charity was set up to raise funds for providing specialist medical professionals to help children with brain tumours. Robbie, a fellow pupil at Edgeborough School, passed away from a malignant brain tumour in February this year aged 10. Tragically, his mother died five years earlier from breast cancer.
Mrs Caroline Wheeble, PA to Zeba Clarke, Deputy Head Academic, who knew Robbie in her previous employment, commented “I worked at Edgeborough when Robbie Keville was a pupil there, he used to sit in the office sometimes with me when he didn’t feel well enough to attend class but still wanted to be at school. The video ‘Mark’s Story’ was made about Robbie and his mother by his Dad as part of ‘Stand Up to Cancer’. This story is one of the saddest I have known and the video is very moving, but was made to pass on an important message.”
To donate to Cai’s chosen charity, please visit Robbie’s Rehab.