These students have certainly got some brass – taking their clothes off for a charity calendar.
The music scholars, from the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, shed their clothes to be snapped in these daring poses in a bid to raise £700 for charity.
Hannah Caldecott and friends came up with the idea while they were celebrating the Royal Wedding in April and after persuading others to join them have produced the 2012 calendar.
Monies raised from the sale of the calendar will go to the charity Touch Trust, based at the Wales Millennium Centre in Cardiff Bay, which offers touch-based movement education and dance for visitors with autism, multiple disabilities and challenging behaviour.
“The idea got brought up at a barbecue as a joke,” said Hannah, 21, from Bristol, who is studying BMus Music on the French horn at the Cardiff-based conservatoire.
“The next day I decided to send round an email to all the college students about doing this nude calendar for charity.
“I had no idea how to start it up, how it was going to work or who to contact, but it was a starting point to see if anyone would actually do it and I just thought why not.
“With a few volunteers I got in contact with the Student Union President and it went from there. My friend from London agreed to do the photography and we managed to hire out rooms in the college to hold the shoot.
“I managed to get enough volunteers, who are all very brave and wonderful people.”
Hannah and those involved with the calendar, which was produced by Hartley Wil Print, decided that the money raised should go to the Touch Trust because of the connection with the college as students get the opportunity to work with the children and learn all about the charity.
“We really want to raise a nice chunk on money for a charity that really deserves it,” said Hannah. “We need to sell around 60 calendars just to pay the Student Union back for the money they lent me to get the calendars made. Hopefully if we sell 140 more we will make around £750 for the charity.
The calendars are £7 each or two for £12, they are available from The Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama Student Union Shop, Castle Grounds, North Road, Cranes Music Store, High Street, Cardiff as well as The Millennium Centre in the Touch Trust section of the building, Cardiff Bay.
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