Posted by: Colin Britt | December 26, 2012

Do They Know It’s Christmas? – for Choir and Orchestra

Our long-awaited sequel to the “Call me Maybe” video has finally arrived! The 3Penny Chorus and Orchestra recorded our newest choral/orchestral cover, this time of the 1984 British pop anthem, “Do They Know It’s Christmas?” On Dec. 10, 80 volunteer singers and players gathered together in New Haven CT to rehearse and record our classical treatment of Midge Ure and Bob Geldof’s classic anthem.

Like the original version, which was written to raise awareness and funds for the 1983 famine in Ethiopia, our cover also aims to raise money for charity. Visit our page with Action Against Hunger here:

Special thanks to everyone who helped make this video possible, especially Sachin Ramabhadran for his terrific work editing the video, and to our friends at Yale Divinity School, the Institute of Sacred Music, and the Yale School of Music! Happy holidays, everyone!


  1. Colin-Was that your arrangement of “call me Maybe” featured on AGT last night when The Threepenny chorus/orchestra performed? The arrangement was beautiful. Beautiful singing and musicianship. I don`t usually listen to modern pop music, but you made this classical arrangement great fun to listen toMy favorite act of episode 1 AGT 2013.I wish you Good Luck in Las Vegas.
    God Bless,
    Lorraine Chandler

    • It was indeed – thank you for writing (and sorry for the delayed response!). Thanks so much for your kind words!! We’ll be appearing again in tonight’s episode from Vegas if you’d like to see more.
      All my best,

  2. Hello, I’d love to do this piece with a music centre I run, do you know where I could get hold of the music?


    Sounds fantastic!


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