From the Christmas film 'Wonderland' starring John Altman (Nasty Nick Cotton in BBC Television's Eastenders)! The title track 'Merry Christmas' can be heard at the end of the film. The 'Mistress of Swing' Debbie Curtis, perhaps best known as Musical Director and Vocalist of top UK Big Band 'The Debbie Curtis Radio Big Band' wrote and produced all the music on the CD as part of a project to encourage young musicians and singers. 'Wonderland' is a magical, children's adventure story about two children who live at a children's home'. On Christmas Eve they are visited by an elf called 'Tiddlywinks'. He tells them that he is collecting the letters for 'Father Christmas' and in turn 'Sarah' persuades him to take her and her brother 'Ben' to visit the home of 'Father Christmas' in Wonderland. The Cool Curzon Cafe Orchestra was formed in March 2001 and Merry Christmas was the third CD of seven in total. The children, aged 7 to 11, had little or no experience as musicians, but with the unique construction of Debbie's music arrangements were all able to play short, repeated parts, that when all put together created an amazing result! For many of the children it was the start of a musical journey, a number of whom have since evolved into excellent musicians and singers. The Orchestra performed at charitable events and rapidly expanded. In 2005 Debbie chose to close the Orchestra due to the increasing success of her own career. It was however a fascinating project and a credit to Debbie in her commitment to encourage children to take up musical instruments or singing in a UK climate where Government money for music in schools is virtually non existent. The film Wonderland is the copyright of Vision In Production Ltd. Pinewood, England. The CD 'Merry Christmas, and all tracks contained are the copyright of DCRBB and Debbie Curtis.
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