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LONDON: Monday, 18 December - Car-mony, a musical ensemble featuring five Chevrolet cars and the London Symphony Orchestra, has joined the race as a late contender to top this year’s Christmas single charts.

Car-mony’s claim to chart history rests on its song, ‘Honk-a-Tonk Christmas’– a medley of all time Christmas favourites played on car horns, with instrumental support from a brass quintet. The song is a collaborative effort between Chevrolet, one of the biggest car brands in the world, and the London Symphony Orchestra – one of the top five orchestras in the world.

The medley will include popular Christmas carols like ‘We Wish You A Merry Christmas’, ‘Away In A Manger’ and ‘O Come All Ye Faithful’. While music fans will not find ‘Honk-a-Tonk Christmas’ in music stores, the tune will be available to download from the Internet for free. Car-mony will join other acclaimed pop and indie acts by using ‘word of net’ to launch the song. If the consumer demand is high enough, Chevrolet will plan to release ‘Honk-a-Tonk Christmas’ as a single.

The team of Christmas car-ollers, directed by Michael Francis, includes a Matiz, a Kalos, two Lacettis and a Tacuma on the car horns, and musicians from the London Symphony Orchestra playing a selection of brass instruments including the trumpet, tuba and cornet.

Les Turton of Chevrolet comments: “Every year there’s plenty of wonderful songs vying for the Christmas number one. With Car-mony, we hope to take on other acclaimed pop acts in the race for the top slot and also put a smile on people’s faces.”

The collaboration is also a first for The London Symphony Orchestra, which has never before used cars to perform its repertoire. Orchestra spokesperson, Patrick Harrild, comments: “Our musicians are more used to playing the likes of Beethoven and Mozart so Car-mony has been an exciting challenge for us to bring some Christmas cheer in the most entertaining way possible.” To download 'Carmony' please click here.

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Sounds like fun. When I read the first few lines, I was hoping they were using revving engines and exhaust notes to make music. Oh well...

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