The Chelsea Pensioners- Men In Scarlet
Pensioners from left to right : David Poultney, John Shuter, Denis Shiels,
Paddy Fox BEM, Malcolm Smart MBE, Michael Allen, Thomas Fox.
The Chelsea Pensioners released their debut album ‘Men In Scarlet’ on 8th November 2010.
The Chelsea Pensioners are a British institution, The Royal Hospital Chelsea was founded in 1682 by King Charles II, to provide a fitting home for retired soldiers, and is today home to 310 Chelsea Pensioners.
The 7 Chelsea Pensioners "Men in Scarlet" is a group brought together by their love of singing, and their desire to help the Chelsea Pensioners' Appeal raise funds to refurbish the old dormitories built by Sir Christopher Wren which are known as the Long Wards where the Chelsea Pensioners still live in conditions which Wren would recognise if he were to return today. Each pensioner calls a 9ft x9ft wooden room with no windows home, and 36 men share 4 lavatories and 2 showers.
Some of the group have a history of singing, and some nothing more than the love of a great song. The 7 men have a total age of 546 (nearly twice the age of the 4 main Rolling Stones) the oldest (John) being 88 and the youngest (Michael) being 67 .
The album has been produced by Nick Patrick who produced last years double platinum album by the Soldiers and feature classic songs such as Danny Boy and White Cliff’s Of Dover by Dame Vera Lynn. In addition to Dame Vera Lynn, Katherine Jenkins, Janey Cutler (from Britain’s Got Talent) and The Soldiers will also feature on the album.
Katherine Jenkins singing with the 7 Men In Scarlet
1. Men In Scarlet
2. I'll Be Loving You (Always) featuring Katherine Jenkins
3. Bless 'em all
4. Goodnight Sweetheart
5. (There'll Be Bluebirds Over) The White Cliffs of Dover featuring Dame Vera Lynn
6. Military Medley
7. Pennies From Heaven featuring The Soldiers
8. I'll Be Seeing You featuring Denis Shiels
9. Now is the Hour featuring Janey Cutler
10. King And Country
11. If You Were The Only Girl In The World featuring Malcolm Smart
12. A Nightingale Sang In Berkeley Square featuring Michael Allen
13. Abide With Me performed by the Choir of the Royal Hospital
14. Jerusalem performed by the Choir of the Royal Hospital
15. Danny Boy featuring David Poultney
16. Boys Of The Old Brigade
17. When I Grow Too Old To Dream