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Royal Cornwall Hospital choir creates lockdown recording

Royal Cornwall Hospital choir creates lockdown recording

Published by Sarah Yeoman at 5:54am 13th May 2020.

Photo: The RCHT Choir pictured ready to perform at last year’s ‘Brilliant You’ Festival

The Royal Cornwall Hospital choir has come together to create a lockdown recording to show support for NHS colleagues.

In October 2016 the 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.

The group re-worked these words to the same tune for their trip to Manchester for the NHS70 choirs celebration in 2018.

Another two years on and the group can no longer rehearse together as a choir because of the Covid-19 pandemic.

But they say "our friendship and desire to support our frontline clinical choir members and colleagues remains unchanged".

The choir decided to change the sentiment of the song, from the celebratory march of NHS70, to a softer and more supportive feel, for another new recording.

It is in honour of NHS staff who are putting themselves at risk day in, day out, to make sure patients get the care that they need.

You can watch the video below...


"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."

Royal Cornwall Hospital choir

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 the 'kind coffee' campaign.

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