Hospice singers aim for Christmas number 1

14 November 2016
An epic choir of 300 patients, families, staff and volunteers from 18 London hospices are taking on the might of X Factor and aiming for this year’s Christmas number 1 with a cover of “The Living Years,” lead by Paul Carrack, who was also lead vocalist on the original 1991 hit.

Twenty seven singers from Demelza are part of the London Hospices Choir who recorded their new take on the classic track at the world famous Abbey Road Studios and shot the moving music video at Clapham’s Royal Trinity Hospice, under the direction of top Hollywood film director Annabel Jankel (Super Mario Bros, Live from Abbey Road).

The choir was brought together to mark the 125th anniversary of Royal Trinity Hospice in Clapham Common.

Evelyne Brink has a very personal reason for taking part as her son Tuffell has been helped by Shooting Star Chase and then Demelza when they moved to Greenwich.

The four-year-old has ultra short gut syndrome which means he cannot digest food and is fed overnight through a hickman line. It means his sleep is disturbed, he has as many as eight nappy changes a night and he is very vulnerable to infection.

Evelyne who also has a younger daughter Momo said: “Hospices have saved my sanity. It’s the only place you can go when you have a child with complex needs to get some respite. The work that hospices do is invaluable. You need a sanctuary where you can go and breathe and that’s what hospices do.”

Volunteer Maggie Allen explained why she wanted to take part: “I was so excited when Victoria our music therapist told us about the London Hospices Choir and so thrilled to be taking part in this wonderful project to promote the hospices movement, its achievements and of course to sing together with other hospices. I volunteer at Demelza Kent because I really feel I make a difference to families by offering them massage, reflexology and giving them time for themselves in a caring, safe space.”

Gardening Assistant Alison Davies is also in the choir. She said: “This project with Paul Carrack and The London Hospice Choir is an amazing way of raising the profile of the wonderful work that is done by hospices every day of the year. If the record inspires listeners to support their local hospice by giving either time or money, then I will have the pleasure of knowing that families will receive the care they truly deserve.”

Lead vocalist Paul Carrack said, “The Living Years has been an important song for me for many years, but this is the version that means the most. Recording it with this incredibly special group of people for such a worthwhile cause has created some kind of magic. It’s a powerful and inspiring track, and I hope that everyone gets behind it this Christmas.”

Music producer James Hawkins said, “The idea of recording ‘The Living Years’ with this wonderful choir came to me as I was walking around the pond at Royal Trinity Hospice. The song’s message was reflected so strongly as I watched generations come together at a place of such serenity and life to share important conversations. It couldn’t be a better message for everyone to hear this Christmas.”

All profits from the sale of the single will be divided between the 18 hospices involved, helping them to support those reaching the end of their lives, and their families. The hospices include; Demelza Hospice Care for Children, Greenwich and Bexley Community Hospice, Harlington Hosice, Haven House, Marie Curie (Hampstead), Noah’s Ark, North London Hospice, Pembridge Palliative Care Centre, Princess Alice Hospice, Richard House, Royal Trinity Hospice, Shooting Star Chase, St Christopher’s, Saint Francis Hospice (Romford), The Hospice of St Francis (Berkhamsted), St Joseph’s Hospice, St Luke’s Hospice and St Raphael’s Hospice.

‘The Living Years’ by The London Hospices Choir and Paul Carrack is being
released on December 16th. It will be available to pre-order from November
14th at these links:
Amazon (Physical): http://smarturl.it/e872qp
Amazon (Digital): http://smarturl.it/ad3krd
iTunes: http://smarturl.it/4sk7sm

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