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Choirs unite to create cup final medley of favourites

By South Wales Evening Post  |  Posted: February 01, 2013

By geraint thomas

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TWO Swansea choirs are helping take football chants to a different league.

The Phoenix Choir and Only Women Aloud have made a recording of a medley of Swans chants, entitled Liberty Forever, and now they hope that it will be adopted as the club's official cup final song.

The singers have taken chants including, Swansea 'Till I Die and mixed them with parts of songs such as Take Me To The Vetch Field and Hymns And Arias to create a Jack Army's musical dream.

The combined choirs have already performed the song in public, at the National Waterfront Museum in Swansea, and posted a recording of the performance on YouTube gaining almost 8,000 views so far.

A message to fans on the same page of the popular website says: "We need your support to convince the Swans that we need to release this as an official Swans single, so the Swans supporters can take it with them to Wembley."

Sian Pearce, who is musical director for both choirs, said: "It was commissioned for a special documentary on 100 years of the Swans.

"We sang it for the first time at the National Waterfront Museum and it had a fantastic reaction with people clapping and cheering.

"We have put it on YouTube and it has received almost 8,000 views."

Ms Pearce, who admits she is more of a music fan than a sports fan, added: "Some of our members are season ticket holders at the Swans."

Following it's dream debut all are keeping their fingers crossed

"The dream is to sing it at Wembley but I'm not sure if that will happen officially. Hopefully the supporters will make a lot of noise and help us get there."

Only Women Aloud member Christine Mages thanked her musical director saying: "Sian you always told us to believe in ourselves, now we believe."

Michael Laudrup and his super Swans overcome the European champions and perennial Premier League top-four side Chelsea and booked their place in the Capital One Cup final last week.

Now more than 32,000 Swans supporters are expected to make the trip down the M4 on Sunday, February 24, to cheer their side on against League Two side Bradford City.

There is a tradition in English football of sides releasing cup final songs although it is more usually associated with the FA Cup Final.

A spokesman for Swansea City however said that there were no plans to adopt the song at present.

The Bradford fans, however, will have something to sing along to on the big day as three Irish brothers, The Corrigan Brothers, who had an international hit with There's No One As Irish As Barack Obama, have penned a song about giant-killing Bradford City.

There's No One As Wembley As Bradford City charts the club's victories over Premier League clubs Wigan, Arsenal and Aston Villa and their Capital One Cup Final match against Swansea at Wembley on February 24.

The choirs' effort is not the first song that hoped to catch the imagination of the Jack Army. In November 2008 three Bonymaen mums recorded a song, entitled Who Are We?, in tribute to the Swans.

The trio recorded the song in the Music@Bonymaen facilities at Swansea Council's Communities First offices on Caernarvon Way with the help of resident musician Ruairi McLaren.

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