The Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Choir performed 'Joy To The World' for the Queen’s Christmas Broadcast on BBC1 today (25 December 2020).
Caroline Smith, Specialist Children's Physiotherapist and – in her spare time – coordinator of the Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Choir, said: “It was such an honour for us to sing on the Queen’s Christmas Broadcast. We are so proud of all our colleagues in Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Trust and the wider NHS. We hope that our performance was a fitting tribute to everyone’s extraordinary work this year.”
The choir comprises doctors, nurses, midwives, allied health professionals, midwives and support staff from Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Trust, who all perform in their own spare time.
Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Trust employs 8,700 staff. Ben Travis, the organisation’s Chief Executive, said: “I am so proud of how all our staff continue to go the extra mile to care for our local communities. The choir are wonderful ambassadors for the Trust and for the NHS, and they have given us a real lift at the end of a challenging year through their amazing performance on the Queen’s Christmas Broadcast.”
The Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Choir was first formed in 2012 for Gareth Malone's BBC2 show, 'Sing While You Work'. Riding an overwhelming wave of support from the public, along with some kind words on social media from Justin Bieber, they landed the much coveted Christmas Number 1 spot on the official UK chart in 2015 with their charity single, ‘A Bridge Over You’. In the following year, the choir played Glastonbury, released an album and played live at the FA Cup Final.
The choir has continued to represent Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Trust and has recently collaborated with Justin Bieber for special charity version of Justin Bieber’s NHS charity song, ‘Holy’. Full details are on the Trust’s website.