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Vivan los Ninos

Sung version led by

Marian Williamson


O Child

Solo sung by

Dermot O’Connor


Vivan los Ninos

Instrumental Karaoke version (Alison Kennedy)

“Vivan Los Ninos” is Spanish - it’s meaning “Let the Children Live”

Let the Children Live” is one of the charities that Watermead supports and this CD was recorded as a fundraising venture for the charity. For more information on the charity click on their logo.

“At least 100 million children worldwide are believed to live at least part of their time on the streets”

(Quotation from the year 2000)

The Singers

WATERMEAD STORY : The story begins in 1995 with our cassette recording “Mary Our Mother” - a Walsingham pilgrimage.  The charity “Let the Children Live” was based in Walsingham and its founder, Father Peter Walters, took our recording to sell as part of his own fundraising. We felt privileged that our music could help him with his wonderful work supporting children who lived on the streets in Medellin, Colombia, and wanted to know more.  Father John invited him to come to the parish and talk about his mission - we had to wait nearly three years!

At that time Watermead was based at St Theresa’s in Birstall, where there was an active role for children in the prayer and musical life of the parish - including a regular monthly Children’s Mass.  Many of the children had already been involved in our recording “A Little Child Shall Lead”.

It was at one of the Children’s Mass celebrations that Father Peter came and told his story and how he had come to help the plight of the unwanted “disposable” children - the gamines - in Colombia. Since we had first met him in Walsingham he had moved to live in Colombia and work with the children, coming home to England only to fund-raise for the charity through his talks to parishes, schools and interested groups.  His visit to us was just one of the many he was to make during his visit, and his sharing of the children’s heartbreaking stories, plus his own inspiring vocational journey, left all who heard him wanting to help - most of all our parish children.

Realising that most of the music at the mass he had just celebrated had been composed especially for our children, Father Peter asked Alison if she could write him a song for his children . . . Continued

Click to read review from Cross Rythmns.

Click to read the article  in the Catholic Universe about our “Song wins over Vatican Radio”

More information and to obtain CD/music

Click on pictures to view larger images and meet some of those involved in the recording.

Vivan Maz and Jo w.jpg Dermot and Emma closeup.JPG Watermead Singers for LTCL 1999 2.jpg Click to read the background story