North London Hospice sings with London Hospices Choir for Christmas Number 1
North London Hospice was part of an epic choir of 300 patients, families, staff and volunteers from 18 London hospices are taking on the might of X Factor and aiming for this year’s Christmas number 1 with a cover of “The Living Years,” lead by Paul Carrack, who was also lead vocalist on the original 1991 hit.
Twelve singers from North London Hospice are part of the London Hospices Choir who recorded their new take on the classic track at the world famous Abbey Road Studios and shot the moving music video at Clapham’s Royal Trinity Hospice, under the direction of top Hollywood film director Annabel Jankel (Super Mario Bros, Live from Abbey Road).
The choir was brought together to mark the 125th anniversary of Royal Trinity Hospice in Clapham Common.
Angie Pymm, practice educator at North London Hospice said: “Palliative care and singing are both big parts of my life – I welcomed the opportunity to use one to raise public awareness of the work of the other. This project has been a great way of raising the profile of the wonderful work that is done by hospices. I hope the record inspires listeners to support their local in any way they can, which will in turn help to care for the most vulnerable people in the community.”
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.”
All profits from the sale of the single will be divided between the 18 hospices involved, helping them to support those reaching the end of their lives, and their families. The hospices include; Demelza Hospice Care for Children, Greenwich and Bexley Community Hospice, Harlington Hosice, Haven House, Marie Curie (Hampstead), Noah’s Ark, North London Hospice, Pembridge Palliative Care Centre, Princess Alice Hospice, Richard House, Royal Trinity Hospice, Shooting Star Chase, St Christopher’s, Saint Francis Hospice (Romford), The Hospice of St Francis (Berkhamsted), St Joseph’s Hospice, St Luke’s Hospice and St Raphael’s Hospice.
‘The Living Years’ by The London Hospices Choir and Paul Carrack is being
released on December 16th. It will be available to pre-order from November
14th at these links: