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Teachers write Christmas song to give Glasgow 'a little lift'

Phil Ford and Tim Kwant work in schools in the west of the city.

Two teachers have penned a song to give people a “little lift at the end of a tough year”.

Phil Ford and Tim Kwant work in schools in the west of the city.

In their spare time, they write songs and play music together as ‘Lapwing’.

‘Hope Christmas Gets You To Me’ is the duo’s first single.

Phil came up with the idea for the song about three weeks ago and WhatsApped the lyrics to Tim who quickly put them to a tune.

Tim said: “It’s been a busy time producing the song and then  recording the video last weekend. 

“We’ve had some amazing help from friends and family along the way.

“We really hope that we’ve captured something hopeful that chimes with people despite the sadness of this Christmas, and the huge challenges of the year.”

Phil teaches English at Glasgow High School and Tim teaches Physics at Knightswood Secondary.

Tim Kwant provides the vocals.
Tim Kwant provides the vocals.

The video is filmed in and around George Square and the city centre.

It captures the Christmas lights and empty streets of the current pandemic.

The words will resonate with people everywhere who have had to endure so much this year.

“We really hope that we’ve captured something hopeful that chimes with people despite the sadness of this Christmas, and the huge challenges of the year.”

“We really hope that we’ve captured something hopeful that chimes with people despite the sadness of this Christmas, and the huge challenges of the year”

Tim Kwant

The chorus goes: Cause I'm missing the touch of the ones that I love / Couldn't care less what's under the tree;

“I don't know what I'm getting for Christmas this year / But I'm hoping it gets you to me.”

Phil said: “We're two teachers from Glasgow, both with young families, and songwriters in the little spare time we have 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l5I8jgWXxhI
‘Hope Christmas Gets You To Me’ is the duo’s first single.

“We hope our song gives people, especially fellow Glaswegians, a little lift at the end of a tough year.”

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