More than 18,000 downloads of NHS song
The song 'We Are The Same Inside' has been downloaded, streamed or viewed on You Tube ore than 18,500 times in its first three months of release.
Raising money for Southmead Hospital Charity, the song celebrates the NHS and was released in the charts last Christmas by Melody Makers Choir and Horfield Primary School Choir.
It is available to download on all digital download sites for just 99p and the video featuring staff, patients and can be viewed on You Tube.
The 80 strong-choir is made up of people from communities surrounding Southmead Hospital, including many former patients, NHS staff as well as children from Horfield C of E Primary School.
Lead vocalists are Sarah Villaraus, Rebekah Brown and 11-year-old Nathan Hughes, now a pupil at Colston’s School.
Composed and written by Melody Makers Choir leader, Natalie Veal with lyric support from choir member Natalie Sital-Singh, ‘We Are The Same Inside’ captures the ethos of an inclusive and dedicated health service.
In December We Are The Same Inside reached number 7 in the Amazon charts and number 39 in the iTunes charts.
Radio stations across the country played the song including BBC Radio Bristol and the video was also played at Bristol Rugby and Bristol City games.
Funding innovative healthcare
Money raised from downloads will be donated to Southmead Hospital Charity to support patients and fund medical research and new equipment at North Bristol NHS Trust.
Natalie Veal, a choir leader from Henleaze, said she wanted to bring together her love of music with her gratitude for the NHS.
She said: “Every member of the choir - the musicians, the children of Horfield Primary School and myself - put a lot of love into this song; it’s our way of thanking the hospital staff and giving back to our community.
“In writing the song we really thought about what the NHS means to us and the work that NHS staff do.
“I’m so proud of the choir’s achievement and their infectious enthusiasm throughout this project."
Melody Makers have been regular and popular performers at Southmead Hospital Charity’s Great Brunel Buskathon events in the summer and at Christmas.
A truly wonderful song
Adrian Brown, corporate and community manager for Southmead Hospital Charity, said: “We are so grateful for the time and efforts that everyone involved has dedicated to creating this truly wonderful song - and I want to say a big thank you to each and every one of them.
“The message in the song is a powerful one that really conveys the strength of feeling that people have for the NHS and for its staff.
“You can still download or stream the song via all digital download sites - just 99p can make a difference to the impact we can make, and you get to enjoy a brilliant song that really captures what it means to love the NHS."
Find out more about the song www.southmeadhospitalcharity.org.uk/song
We Are The Same Inside was recorded at St George’s Bristol, BIMM (British and Irish Modern Music Institute) and Invada studios in Bristol.
It was produced by Guy Britton, with Natalie Veal on piano, Toby Partridge on drums, guitars by Alex Rudhall and bass guitar by Ed Holland.
The video was made by Richard Mann.
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