Artists include Royal Blood, The Amazons, ELIZA, HRVY, KT Tunstall, Martin Kemp, Leah Weller, Freddie Long and Joanna Forest, they have their silence for the track so that the voices of children living in challenging circumstances can be heard.
Figures from the The Children’s Society reveal that this Christmas over 6,000 children will attempt to run away from home this Christmas, with 46,000 finding themselves at risk of both physical and emotional neglect and abuse. A further half a million children will experience troubling mental health problems but have no one to turn to for help.
While other festive soundtracks share the joy of family, love and presents, the silent track highlights the stark reality for thousands of children, suffering in silence, who will be experiencing abuse and neglect this Christmas.
The soundtrack follows the appearance of The Children’s Society, Silent Choir performance in outside Fortnum and Mason London’s Piccadilly. Choir members held aloft signs displaying statistics around the unheard reality of child well-being, including the overarching message that, for many children across the UK, ‘Christmas is Broken.’
The track can be streamed on Spotify and listeners will be able to donate through The Children’s Society’s official website.
Chief executive of The Children’s Society Mark Russel said: "Christmas is a time for family, love, light, and music. Yet, for so many children around the UK, it is none of these things. Instead it is a reminder of how different their lives are from those around them. For them, Christmas is broken.
"The silent track is a much-needed reminder that so many children are deprived not only of the Christmas spirit but of a voice each and every day. Alongside the artists who have given their silence to show their solidarity, we believe that we can give a voice to the children who need us the most, this Christmas and beyond."