Choir stands to­gether to record char­ity sin­gle

Rochdale Observer - - NOSTALGIA - Da­mon.wilkin­son@men­ @Da­monWilkin­son6

CHOIR mem­bers ‘sang their hearts out’ as Springhill Hos­pice played host to the record­ing of a char­ity sin­gle that has the back­ing of Sir Paul McCart­ney.

Around 140 staff, vol­un­teers and friends from the newly formed UK Hospices Choir recorded My Heart Will Go On and We All Stand To­gether, which will be in­cluded on a char­ity al­bum, due to be re­leased in De­cem­ber.

It will be a com­pi­la­tion of cover songs by 10 choirs who sing for an im­por­tant rea­son – to share their per­sonal mes­sages of hope, and the power of com­mu­nity.

All of the choirs will record with a well-known artist who is back­ing their cause.

Sheila John­son, di­rec­tor of clin­i­cal ser­vices at the hos­pice, said: “I was so proud to see all our choir mem­bers singing their hearts out in their Springhill tee shirts and we were de­lighted to wel­come our guests from the five vis­it­ing hospices.

“James Hawkins from Choirs with Pur­pose was an in­spi­ra­tion and we all feel very lucky to have been able to work with him on this ex­cit­ing project. We now can’t wait for re­lease of the al­bum – let’s hope it gets to num­ber one.”

James Hawkins, from Choirs with Pur­pose, said: “Thank you to all the fan­tas­tic singers who recorded at Springhill and to Sheila and her team for mak­ing me feel so wel­come.

“It was a very spe­cial day with lots of laughs and smiles, some tears and fab­u­lous singing. We all went away shat­tered but to­tally high on the fun we had.”

The UK Hospices Choir will join other ‘choirs with pur­pose’ in­clud­ing the Miss­ing Peo­ple Choir, Bri­tain’s Got Tal­ent Fi­nal­ists in 2017 to­gether with the Parrs Wood High School Choir who sang with Ari­ana Grande at One Love Manch­ester and the Green­wich and Lewisham NHS Choir, who hit the Christ­mas num­ber one spot in the sin­gles chart two years ago.

The al­bum will be re­leased on De­cem­ber 15 and is avail­able for pre­order now via pledge­mu­­swith­pur­pose.

All prof­its from the sales of the al­bum will be di­vided equally be­tween the 10 choirs in­volved, or their nom­i­nated char­i­ties.

●●Mem­bers of the UK Hospices Choir at Springhill Hos­pice with James Hawkins from Choirs with Pur­pose

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