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Computing lecturers sing Let It Go for Comic Relief 2015

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Photo: Stuart Cunningham organised the recording of Glyndŵr University computing team's version of Let It Go

March 11, 2015

Computer scientists took themselves out of the lecture theatre and into the recording studio to raise money for Comic Relief with their own version of Disney song Let It Go.

Members of the computing team at Glyndŵr University took a line from the first verse of the Frozen track for a video in support of this year’s appeal.

The clip has raised more than £300 since appearing on YouTube and the team is promising to release a full version on Red Nose Day.

Stuart Cunningham, senior lecturer in computing, organised the recording and produced the video.

He said: ““The idea just kind of happened over a coffee break, whilst we were discussing songs that we thought would be challenging to sing and suddenly everyone was learning and recording the song.

“The song itself was recorded quickly – most people did it in one or two takes – and it shows!!

“The full version will contain a few surprises, I don’t want to give too much away, but there will be fancy dress, robots and dancing of varying degrees of imperfection.

“We’ve always been strong as a team and in the past we’ve done silly things to raise money for Red Nose Day, but this is perhaps our wackiest and most ambitious idea to date.

“Of course, a lot of our students are interested in what’s going on and they always give us plenty of support.”

The computing fundraiser is one of a number being led by Glyndŵr University for this year’s Comic Relief.

Students and staff from the journalism department raised £115.32 by making and selling cakes at the launch of a new black comedy film based on the Great British Bake Off.

A talk from filmmaker Thomas Llywarch, from Garden Village, about producing movies on a low budget accompanied the premiere of Split Second at Glyndŵr University on Friday February 27.

Angela Ferguson, lecturer in media communications and journalism, said: “It was an utterly surreal and very, very funny experience - one I hope we can repeat in the future.

“It was great to raise money for such a good cause at the same time.”

Business students also arranged a Red Nose Rave, which took place at the Centenary Club on Wednesday March 11. Student DJs gave up their time to play at the event, which cost £1 to enter.

To view the computing video go to https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jHSRqMyvNEM&feature=youtu.be or to donate visit http://my.rednoseday.com/sponsor/compglyndwr

More information on the Red Nose Rave is available on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/events/831737703563218

Red Nose Day 2015 takes place on Friday March 13.

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