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London 2012: Warwickshire pupils sing for Olympic Games

Image caption Songwriter David Raeburn said that the children have done a 'fantastic job'

A Warwickshire village, nestling in the Cotswolds, is not going to be left out when it comes to marking the London 2012 Olympic Games.

Pupils at Ilmington Primary School have recorded a song to mark the occasion and will also feature on Songs of Praise on BBC One.

The song, Rings Around the World, features 106 children and was written by poet and Ilmingtonian David Raeburn.

Mr Raeburn, whose children attend the school, worked with musician and teacher David Richards to write the music.

'World coming together'

The children, who have been assisted by vocal coach Julian Harris, have recorded a special performance of the song that will be featured on Songs of Praise on 13 May.

Mr Raeburn said: "It was inspired by the fact that the Olympics is coming to our country and it seemed such a unique time to think about the world coming together in the most literal sense.

"Not to fight and argue, but to play and be friends and that's what the song's all about.

"I think Songs of Praise heard about the song, and more importantly heard the song, and thought it was beautiful and the the message rang true with everything they stand for.

"I think people of any faith, or none in fact, can understand the world coming together in peace and harmony."

The year six pupils have also sent out hand-written press releases about the song and their hopes for the single, which is going to be officially released on 21 April.

Speaking about the filming for Songs of Praise, reception teacher Lorna Yeates said: "It went very well and the children were fascinated by the process of recording and watching the sound and camera men at work.

"They were asked to do about five takes and they behaved beautifully and produced a wonderful sound."

Money raised from the song will go towards "funding resources for the school".

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