The Trust Choir
The Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Choir were first seen on Gareth Malone's BBC2 show, 'Sing While You Work', where they were narrowly beaten in the final. Since then they have gone from strength-to-strength.
Riding an overwhelming wave of support from the public, along with some kind words from Mr Justin Bieber and huge media encouragement, they landed the much coveted Christmas Number 1 spot on the official UK chart in 2015 with the single; ‘A Bridge Over You’. All profits from the single went to Mind, Carers UK and smaller charities chosen by the choir. The campaign was a social media phenomenon with #NHS4Xmasno1 and #LoveYourNHS being shared around the world.
In June 2016 they recorded and released their debut album; ‘Something Inside So Strong’. As well as lending their support to community and NHS events around the country they have also performed at high profile events including: Glastonbury Festival - on the legendary Pyramid Stage, The FA Cup Final at Wembley Stadium, Carfest, Christmas with the Stars at the Royal Albert Hall, OnBlackheath (which also included an appearance with Squeeze), at Wembley Arena with Matt Goss and Stand Up To Cancer with Boy George. Continued below >
Main pic above credit Malcolm Smith, Studio under the stairs
pictured: with Mr Bieber and the official chart no1 award - hitching to Glastonbury - Climate Change Coalition #showthelove
The choir supported the Climate Change Coalition in their Valentines 2017 #showthelove campaign. The video for ‘A Love Song’ features actors Charles Dance, Jason Isaacs, Miranda Richardson and David Gyasi. The poem is by Anthony Anaxagorou, with music by Elbow performed by the choir. More information can be found on the Climate Change Coalition website.
The choir performed at OnBlackheath Festival in 2016. Also on the bill were legendary, amazing, South London band Squeeze who invited the choir to back them on four classic songs during their own set. They returned to the main stage in 2017, kicking off the day and also being invited back to perform with headliners, brit poppers Travis on a beautiful version of 'Flowers in the Window'.
The choir also lent their support to the 2016 Stay Well This Winter campaign. Recording, and making a video for the iconic song 'Baby Its Cold Outside'. The video was filmed at our Simulation Centre (thank you again Brian). Video below.
'Stand Together' the album by Choirs With Purpose will be released on 15 December 2017. Ten fantastic choirs from across the UK, all with amazing stories to tell, have joined forces - each choir is performing with a special guest. Solidarity through music and a message of hope is the theme that runs throughout; the album aims to encapsulate the spirit of each choir and, of course, to make some great music to warm your hearts at Christmas.
The single, released on 24 November (video below) is a modern day re-working of Sir Paul McCartney’s classic ‘’We All Stand Together’’ which has been recorded with the full approval of the legend himself. It features all of the choirs together – an impressive 1400 voices – led by Pop Idol winner Michelle McManus.All proceeds will be divided equally between the choirs associated charities. Contunued below >
pictured: main stage performance with Travis at OnBlackheath - album releases - rehearsing with Squeeze - Stay well this winter campaign - climate change video at Wilton Music Hall
You can follow the choir through their official social media and contact them via email to find out about booking them for events:
YouTube Channel featuring videos and live performances
Contact the choir via the email address: LG.firstname.lastname@example.org
All royalties earned by choir members through album sales or appearance fees are paid into Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Trust’s charitable funds. The charity funds things that fall outside of NHS provision but enhance patient experience and the working lives of our staff.
Video for: 'We All Stand Together' by Choirs with Purpose
Album title track: 'Something Inside So Strong':
'A Bridge Over You' which reached the No.1 spot currently has: 1,420,012 views:
'Baby Its Cold Outside' #StayWellThisWinter