WI in hunt for Jerusalem chorus
The Women's Institute is in a race against time to track down 4,000 members who sang a version of its signature song Jerusalem so it can be released as a single in time for Christmas.
The five WI members who make up the group The Harmonies have recorded a version of the hymn and want to release it complete with a backing track recorded at the AGM of the National Federation of Women's Institutes' at the Royal Albert Hall in June 2009.
But the list of WI members who were at the conference and sang the hymn has been lost - and due to a clause in the Performers and Related Rights Act 1996 the single cannot be released without their consent.
A spokeswoman for record label Universal Music said they needed WI members to get in touch by October 29 if the song is to be released for Christmas.
She said: "It would be an incredible misfortune if The Harmonies were unable to release this very special non-album version of the song that the WI is most noted for and one of England's best-loved hymns. We are urgently calling on all those who attended the AGM to please register their names and be part of this historic single release."
The WI was founded in 1915 and has long been associated with Jerusalem which is traditionally sung at the beginning of each meeting.
The 4,000 women who attended the 2009 AGM are urged to email their names and contact numbers to firstname.lastname@example.org or write to The Harmonies Choir, Universal Music, 364-366 Kensington High Street, London, W14 8NS before October 29.