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Poppy sings for Remembrance Day appeal

By Western Morning News  |  Posted: October 24, 2012

Teenage singer Poppy Mills

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A 15-year-old schoolgirl is the haunting voice of the song behind this year's Poppy Appeal.

The soprano's rendition of Remember has been recorded by, appropriately enough, Poppy Mills.

Her single tells of a soldier going off to war, leaving behind his family, with both knowing he may never return.

He begs them not to forget him and to hold on to his memory for he will never die as long as his story continues to be told in their lives.

Originally written for the 2004 Hollywood blockbuster Troy, it was a hit for American singer, songwriter and musician Josh Groban.

Now, Poppy, from Plymouth, has given it her own moving interpretation to help raise funds for the Royal British Legion.

The idea was born after Poppy appeared in last year's Music of the Night extravaganza in her home city.

She sang with some members of the Military Wives choir and HMS Heroes, composed of the singing children of services personnel.

Her mother, Karen, who has done much of the organisation for and marketing of the song herself, suggested a forces' charity single.

It was enthusiastically embraced by RBL bosses who have allowed Poppy to use their treasured logo on promotional material.

Over the last couple of years, Poppy, who styles herself as The Angel of Music, has gained growing recognition for her classical crossover material.

This summer, she was also selected as one of the first Olympic torchbearers in honour of her extensive charity work.

Yesterday, she said: "Rather strangely I had a Number One in the Mexican classical charts with my version of Caro Mio Ben.

"And I also did an EP which mixed pop and musical theatre with my classical work. This is such a great opportunity for me though.

"I really appreciate everything everyone has done to make it possible."

The single was recorded in the chapel of The Royal Citadel, a military garrison on the Hoe, in Plymouth, built by Sir Francis Drake, and which is now home to 29 Commando Regiment.

The song, which it is hoped will raise a six-figure sum, is now on sale and can be heard on her website: http://poppymills.carbonmade.com/

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