A SCOTTISH female and non-binary-led production house, Hen Hoose, is one of the organisations chosen by Yoko Ono and son Sean Ono Lennon to receive a special musical gift.

This comes ahead of the re-release of Yoko Ono and John Lennon’s iconic record, Happy Xmas (War is Over), featuring The Plastic Ono Band and The Harlem Community Choir, on December 5, 2021.

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the original recording and release in 1971, 50 extremely rare and collectable Limited Edition vinyl acetates of the single have been produced. These limited 12” acetate copies have also been gifted to Nordoff Robbins, SWIM (Scottish Women Inventing Music), Music Broth, the GLAD Foundation and record store Monorail.

The first 25 of these acetates will be given to a selection of hand-picked music charities, non-profits and grassroots organisations undertaking great work across the UK music scene.

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Organisations range from venues and music education programmes to initiatives promoting gender equality, music therapy and more.

The pair have decided to gift these specially produced artefacts to allow the chosen organisations to raise funds for themselves by selling or auctioning these highly collectable items, which are sure to attract much bidder interest.

Hen Hoose founder and director, Tamara Schlesinger, said: “I honestly can’t believe this.

“Hen Hoose has been personally selected by Sean and Yoko for one of these limited edition acetates. This is unreal. What a surprise ... I had no clue!”.

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The production house was founded in response to the consistent underrepresentation of women in positions of power throughout the music industry; from song writing and production, live concerts, streaming and radio play.

Based in Glasgow, the house claims it”unites a rich and diverse array of wonderfully talented and award-winning female and non-binary Scottish artists, writers and producers collaborating on the creation of exciting new music across multiple genres.”

Hen Hoose writers recently released their own single, Equaliser, to acclaim from The Scotsman and The Skinny, which hailed it “unmissable”.

Recent music uses, or “syncs” include The ScotGov Vaccine advert campaign and Netflix’s The A List.