Hospital staff choir hoping for a Christmas No. 1

A Christmas choir made up of 100 hospital staff is hoping has released a remake of a classic song to support frontline workers.

The ICU Liberty Singers, as the choir is known, covered Police’s Every Breath You Take in a bid to take the number one spot and raise funds to support NHS staff.

The single was released on December 18 with the hope of reaching the number one spot in the charts, but its main goal was to have a positive impact on staff wellbeing and mental health.

It has been an incredibly difficult year for NHS staff amid the pandemic. The money raised will go towards wellbeing and mental health support for hospital workers.

Choir members met over Zoom calls to rehearse and recorded their individual parts for the single separately before it was put together.
(Image: Leicester Hospitals)

The choir, made up of nurses, doctors and allied health professionals who have been working on the frontline from every region, including Leicester, was formed in efforts to bring some fun and respite to ICU workers in what has been one of its toughest years in history.

Lyrics of the original song were changed slightly to reflect the challenges the UK and ICU staff have faced this year amid the pandemic.

Choir director Kari Olsen Porthouse said: “Singing is immensely powerful for helping establish and maintain good mental health – but something really special happens when we sing together and the effect is even more powerful.

” There is a sense of belonging, and a sense of a team working to deliver something beautiful.

“That perfectly captures the strength and teamwork of ICU staff this year and the chance to give them something back and recognise their phenomenal efforts is a privilege.”

The choir was granted legal permission by Sony ATV, which owns the rights to the original. Listen to the single here.

Leicestershire Live – Leicester News