Hospice choirs to ‘stand together’ for charity album
A chorus of staff and volunteers from Nottinghamshire Hospice are joining forces with other hospice singing groups and forming the UK Hospices Choir, to collaborate with choirs from charitable causes across the country on a new crowd-funded charity album, which is all about hope in a time of uncertainty.
STAND TOGETHER is an album of inspiring cover songs by ten singing groups for who music reaches beyond the everyday to share their personal messages of triumph over adversity, hope over loss, and the power and spirit of community.
The UK Hospices Choir is made up of 45 hospices from across the UK – from Trinity Hospice in Blackpool to Longfield Hospice in Gloucestershire and builds on the success of the London Hospices Choir in 2016 and its ‘The Living Years’ single released at Christmas to raise awareness and vital funds for the hospices. The choir has chosen to sing Celine Dion’s ‘My Heart Will Go On’.
Antonia Bunnin, Director of Hospice Support and Development, Hospice UK said: “It’s exciting and a little daunting to be performing ‘My Heart Will Go On’ but we’re committed to putting in the rehearsal time and having fun in the process. I know the lyrics will resonate with everyone, including the patients and families that hospices work with.”
Also participating in the project are Britain’s Got Talent 2017 finalists The Missing People Choir and the Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Choir who reached number 1 at Christmas 2015.
A crowd-funding page has been launched to fund the project, where as well as pre-ordering the album, up to 300 members of the public can also pledge £50 to record their vocals on the final track, forming a ready-made “pop-up” choir.
James Hawkins, producer of STAND TOGETHER said “Despite the negative news that we seem to wake up to every morning, groups of people continue to come together every night of the week in living rooms, church halls, community centres, churches and school gymnasiums across the land to forge powerful communities of solidarity through music. Our aim is to encapsulate the spirit of these choirs and produce some cracking songs while we are at it! We hope that everyone will get behind the campaign and join our pop up choir and pre-order the album via Pledge Music.”
“Choirs with Purpose” will also be releasing one epic single that brings together all the voices from all ten choirs.
To be a part of the STAND TOGETHER pop-up choir or pre-order the album and help make the project a reality, visit www.pledgemusic.com/projects/choirswithpurpose