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String and Tins Record a Charming Love Song from the EU to the UK for Ancestry

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Droga5 and String and Tins get eight countries to sing eighties hit ‘Together Forever’ in a commercial to promote AncestryDNA

String and Tins Record a Charming Love Song from the EU to the UK for Ancestry
Ancestry launch ‘Together Forever’, an uplifting new commercial to promote their AncestryDNA test for genealogy. Created by Droga5 with music produced and recorded by String and Tins, the commercial sees people from across Europe singing their hearts out to eighties track Together Forever.  It turns out that most of us have European DNA.

The track features the voices of real people from different European countries. We see characters based in settings typically associated with the countries they’re located in, including an Italian grandmother in her kitchen and Irish rugby players, as they belt out the song. The amalgamation of characterful accents shine through in the harmonies of the song, giving a sense of charm and charisma for each of the home countries. The commercial closes as all of the voices sing together with the addition of instruments recorded by The City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra. 

Droga5 brought sound design and music production studio, String and Tins, on board to record the smorgasbord of European singers and the orchestra. Mike Bamford, Director at String and Tins was on set in each of the locations to oversee the vocal recordings.  

To ensure that the audio recordings authentically captured the character of each singer, all of the singers were recorded on location. Mike comments: “I oversaw the vocal performances of the actors to make sure the audio was captured in a way that would edit together naturally. In a world where Automated Dialog Replacement is readily available, it would have been possible to redo it all in post, but there's something much more real about the recordings we captured on set.” 

Directing a cast of untrained singers meant several approaches had to be taken to make the song coherent to the many different dialects. Mike comments: “Not everyone was familiar with the eighties track which is more famous in the UK than Europe, so we had a full day of vocal coaching to run through the lyrics. In a few cases, the actors weren't English speakers at all and I had to direct them through translators. The Italian grandmother, one of the most charming people on the shoot, had her husband write out the lyrics in Italian phonetics for her to learn.”

‘Together Forever’ airs on 29th January and will run on TV & Online. 

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Creative Agency

Agency Production: Gemma Knight (Agency Producer)

Chief Creative Officer: David Kolbusz

Creative Agency: Droga5

Executive Creative Directors: Rick Dodds & Steve Howell

Senior Art Director: Charlene Chandrasekaran

Senior Copywriter: Dan Morris


Arranger: Mike Bamford, Jim Stewart, Rohan De Livera and Andrea Saccardo (String and Tins)

Original Composition: Mike Stock, Matt Aitken, Pete Waterman

Recording: Jan Holzner & James Fitzpatrick (Smecky Music Studio)

Sound Design: Mike Bamford (String and Tins)

Composer: Simon Whiteside (Orchestration)

Song: Together Forever

Music Clearance: Hywel Evans at Run! Get! Music (Music Negotiation)

Audio Post Production: String and Tins

Production Company

Director: Noam Murro

Producer: Cathy Green

Production Company: Biscuit Filmworks UK

Production Designer: John Beard

Executive Producer: Rupert Reynolds-MacLean

Post Production / VFX

Post Production Company: Electric Theatre Company


Edit Company: Final Cut

Editor: Ed Cheesman

String and Tins, Tue, 30 Jan 2018 09:22:53 GMT