London Hospices choir prepare "The Living Years" shoot.
An epic choir of 300 patients, families, staff and volunteers from 18 London hospices is taking on the might of X Factor with a cover of “The Living Years,” led by Paul Carrack, who was also lead vocalist on the original 1991 Mike & The Mechanics hit, and aims to be Christmas number one. The video was recorded at London’s prestigious Abbey Road Studios, as well as at the Royal Trinity Hospice, Clapham using the Panasonic VariCam 35.
The London Hospices Choir
The Lonon Hospices Choir in action.
Organisers are running a campaign on social media to help get the single to the Christmas number one slot. All profits from the sale of the single will be divided between the 18 hospices involved.
Lead vocalist Paul Carrack said, “The Living Years has been an important song for me for many years, but this is the version that means the most. Recording it with this incredibly special group of people for such a worthwhile cause has created some kind of magic. It’s a powerful and inspiring track, and I hope that everyone gets behind it this Christmas.”
Music producer James Hawkins said, “The idea of recording ‘The Living Years’ with this wonderful choir came to me as I was walking around the pond at Royal Trinity Hospice. The song’s message was reflected so strongly as I watched generations come together at a place of such serenity and life to share important conversations. It couldn’t be a better message for everyone to hear this Christmas.”
Panasonic UK Group Manager Nigel Wilkes said, “We’re delighted to support the Choir in their efforts to reach number one in the charts this year, the message of the song is one that is perfect for this time of year and we wish them all the best in their drive to reach the top spot.”
‘The Living Years’ by The London Hospices Choir and Paul Carrack is being released on December 16th. It is available to pre-order now at these links:
Amazon (Physical): http://smarturl.it/e872qp
Amazon (Digital): http://smarturl.it/ad3krd
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