Our Trust Choir are known across the country for their emotional reinterpretations of classic songs. For this latest release, recorded in lockdown with many choir members facing long, challenging shifts and unbelievable workloads, the emotion they wanted to tap into was “hope”.
The result is this new video, a cover of Johnny Nash’s ‘I Can See Clearly Now’ (artists like Jimmy Cliff, Ray Charles and others have recorded well-known interpretations too) featuring the many colleagues that make Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Trust Choir so special.
Choir tenor Johan Lindskog, who also played guitar on the track and works as an anaesthetist, intubated his first Covid-19 patient on 15 March, and says that since then work has been “flat out”.
“It’s been so helpful to have a project like this to spend time on. It has really lifted my spirits, and I know that’s true of the rest of the choir too. We’re really pleased with the result musically as well – everyone’s done so brilliantly in shaping the track and video.”
Deirdre Barr (RN), St John Ambulance regional clinical manager, said: “Our volunteers are incredibly proud to have played their part in supporting patients and staff at the Trust during COVID-19. Lewisham was the very first site in the country to welcome our volunteers as they started this new and challenging role; but, with the help from hospital staff and clinical teams they soon found their feet and became part of the team, right in the heart of the community.
“To now be supported by the Trust’s choir means a lot to everyone here at St John – thank you.”
Watch 'I Can See Clearly Now' below: