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Oliver Wakeman and Rodney Matthews to release Christmas single

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(Image credit: Rodney Matthews Studios)

Oliver Wakeman and Rodney Matthews are to combine forces again for a new Christmas single. The pair have recorded a new version of In The Bleak Midwinter which will be released on November 29.

The new version features Wakeman on keyboards and piano and Matthews on drums, with David Mark Pearce on guitars, Steve Amadeo on bass, Pete Coleman on recorder and vocals from Miv Cameron and Charlotte Dickerson.

The single features brand new artwork from Matthews, inspired by the lyrics to the famous carol, written by the English poet Christina Rossetti. The artwork in turn inspired Wakeman to create a new arrangement of the Gustav Holst music with a whole new section written and arranged into it.

In The Bleak Midwinter will be available as a CD featuring both a Carol and Radio Edit from Matthews' website.

Oliver Wakeman & Rodney Matthews

(Image credit: Rodney Matthews Studio)

Writer and broadcaster Jerry Ewing is the Editor of Prog Magazine which he founded for Future Publishing in 2009. He grew up in Sydney and began his writing career in London for Metal Forces magazine in 1989. He has since written for Metal Hammer, Maxim, Vox, Stuff and Bizarre magazines, among others. He created and edited Classic Rock Magazine for Dennis Publishing in 1998 and is the author of a variety of books on both music and sport, including Wonderous Stories; A Journey Through The Landscape Of Progressive Rock, as well as sleevenotes for many major record labels. He lives in North London and happily indulges a passion for AC/DC, Chelsea Football Club and Sydney Roosters.