ST CHRISTOPHER’S CHORISTERS AND STEVE REED MP RECORD CHARITY SONGS FOR CHRISTMAS
CHORISTERS from St Christopher’s Hospice – and Croydon North MP Steve Reed – were among those who made a charity song for Christmas.
Singers from the hospice were among those who recorded ‘The Living Years’ a single put together by The London Hospices Choir and Paul Carrack.
The newly-formed choir is made up of 300 patients, families, staff and volunteers from 18 hospices.
Arts team Llead, Tamsin Dives said: “St Christopher’s Community Choir first joined The London Hospices choir back in September when we all met at Kingston parish church to rehearse the song ‘The Living Years’. “We spent a few hours learning the notes under the guidance of Jim Hawkins, the arranger.
“A few weeks later we all met at Abbey Road studio to record the track, in the studio where the Beatles made many of their albums.
“I don’t think any of us could have imagined that one day we’d be there making our own recording.”Surrounded by images of some of the greatest musicians of our generation ,whose music has shaped and formed us and played a huge role in all our lives ,was completely inspiring.
“Finally we met in the gardens of Trinity hospice to make the DVD. “It’s been great to meet colleagues, patients and volunteers from the other hospices that serve London.
“Singing is such a powerful way to bring people together.”
St Christopher’s community choir is made up of patients,volunteers, bereaved family members and the local community.
Meanwhile Steve Reed MP took part in recording a charity single in memory of murdered MP Jo Cox which features singers KT Tunstall, David Gray, Steve Harley and the Kaiser Chiefs’ Ricky Wilson.
“The whole country was shocked by the murder of my friend and colleague Jo Cox MP earlier this year” said Steve.
“Jo dedicated her life, both as an MP and before that as an international aid worker, to helping other people. “We want to celebrate Jo’s life and show that, even in death, Jo inspires others to make the world a better place.
“Every penny raised will go to the Jo Cox Foundation to support the charities and causes Jo believed in. “We want to show that love and compassion are more powerful than the hate that killed our friend Jo.”
The track, a version of the Rolling Stones’ ‘You Can’t Always Get What You Want’, is available from iTunes and features sixteen of Jo Cox’s parliamentary friends and colleagues together with the Thurrock Community Choir. (Sources: St Christopher’s hospice website, Steve Reed MP)
NB: The Living years entered at number 81 in this week’s top 100. http://www.officialcharts.com