Lockdown recording brings choir together to support hospital colleagues

In October 2016 the Royal Cornwall Hospital Choir held a 24-hour Singathon to support the Trust’s Birth And Baby Appeal. As a finale to this event, a friend of the choir wrote some new words for a well-known tune.
We re-worked these words to the same tune for our trip to Manchester for the NHS70 choirs celebration in 2018.Another two years on and we find ourselves in a completely unexpected situation. Covid-19 has changed everyday life beyond recognition. We can no longer rehearse together as a choir, but our friendship and desire to support our frontline clinical choir members and colleagues remains unchanged.

This time a re-write of the words wasn’t enough. The sentiment of the song needed to change, from the celebratory march of NHS70, to a softer and more supportive feel where our staff are putting themselves at risk day in, day out, to make sure our patients get the care that they need.

https://youtu.be/EsxeaCBoUuA

The music was written specifically for our choir by one of our members. The vocal recordings were done by some of our choir members in their own homes, putting themselves a long way out of their comfort zones to sing without the support of the rest of the choir and having to learn the song completely from scratch. We’d also like to thank the fabulous Brendon and Tim for their help with the editing and video creation.

Unfortunately, not all our choir friends were able to contribute to this recording, but we will definitely be singing this song in the future when we sing together again!

We wanted to share our song with our RCHT colleagues and we hope that it offers a little support and hope during these challenging times.

Although not released to be a fundraiser, if people enjoy the song and want to say thank you to RCHT staff and volunteers, they can donate the price of a cup of coffee through www.virginmoneygiving.com/fund/kindcoffee

Added on May 12, 2020, in News - Volunteering & Friends