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Royal Trinity Hospice has brought together a choir of 300 patients, families, staff and volunteers from 18 hospices to aim for this year’s Christmas number 1, with a cover of “The Living Years”. The single was recorded alongside Paul Carrack, who was also lead vocalist on the original 1991 hit.

The choir recorded their new take on the classic track at the world famous Abbey Road Studios and shot the music video at Trinity, under the direction of top Hollywood film director Annabel Jankel.

We spoke to some of Trinity’s fantastic choir singers about what it’s been like to be involved.

Meet Letizia

Letizia is Head of Patient and Family Support at Royal Trinity Hospice. She helps to provide psychological, emotional and practical support to help individuals, families and friends from diagnosis through to bereavement support.

Letizia says ‘I love working at Trinity because it’s a bit like a family, for everyone that works here and for everyone who is under our care. It gives a warm feeling of belonging, of safety and compassion. I have always enjoyed singing and I’m a huge music lover. In a way, singing in the choir was also a way to complete an unfulfilled dream from my childhood.  When I was younger I auditioned with my choir for Andrew Lloyd Webber for Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat. Despite getting to the finals and being on the Palladium’s stage, we didn’t make it, so what better way to make up for that disappointment then to record a song that could be Christmas #1!”

Meet Nicki 

Nicki

Nicki is an End of Life Care Facilitator at Trinity. She teaches staff how to approach talking about topics we all find difficult such as ‘Am I dying?’ or ‘What will happen to me?’. Nicki got involved with the London Hospices Choir for a few reasons.

She says “Firstly, I’m Welsh and if you don’t sing you go down the mines. Secondly, I wanted to help raise awareness and funding for the hospice but the sponsored walk, three peaks climb & parachute jump were out of my reach. And, thirdly, I love singing and since Britain’s got talent didn’t want me I thought the hospice could have me!”

Nicki has enjoyed meeting people from other choirs and was excited to record the CD in the Abbey Road studios, the very studio where the Beatles recorded their albums. She says “I now proudly wear the abbey road t-shirt and drink out of the Abbey Road mug!”

Meet Michael

Michael

Michael is our Spiritual Care Lead at the hospice. He looks out for the spiritual and religious needs of patients, family members and friends.

He says “I got involved with the choir because I wanted to help promote what the hospice does. What I’ve enjoyed most about being in the London Hospices Choir has been the sheer joy of creating harmony from what sounds like a bag of cats at the beginning. From that can come this beautiful sound which is greater than me or any of the others. I also think the song is poignant and moving and that there’s truth in the lyrics of the song for us all, whether in a hospice or not.”

Meet Beth 

Beth

Beth provides health and personal care to people living at home as part of the Wandsworth End of Life Care Coordination Centre.

Beth says “Being able to sing along with my 2 children in the choir was fantastic. Taking them with me to Abbey Road studios to sing for such a good cause will always be in their memory forever. I love the song so much! It’s very touching, meaningful and emotional because it relates to me and many other people. Losing my father at the age of 3 left a huge gap in my life. I did not get a chance to know him or to have father-daughter relationship and this still breaks my heart.”

Meet Rebecca 

Rebecca

Rebecca is an Administrator for the Community Nursing Team.

She says “I like working at Trinity because I feel I can make a positive difference to people’s experience of end of life care - having gone through this experience myself (a bit of a cliché but true!). I love singing and welcomed the opportunity to sing with people from different hospices. The song is great because it’s nice and easy to sing and very catchy.”

Meet Paula 

Paula

Paula is a clinical nurse specialist and part of the community palliative care team, visiting patients and caring for them in their own homes.

She says “I’ve been singing on and off all my life, whether in the shower, in a choir or as part of a worship band at my church. Singing together with others is such an uplifting thing to do. We are all passionate about raising awareness of the work that hospices do and the difference they can make for people and their families with life limiting illnesses. Having the opportunity to do this through singing has been wonderful. Music and particularly singing really does unite people.”