A talented critical care nurse has joined a virtual choir that is aiming to score a Christmas number one.
Royal Alexandra HospitaI ICU staff nurse Alison Sharp has lent her voice to the nationwide ICU Liberty Singers in their charity cover of Police track Every Breath You Take.
The group is releasing the track today and is in the race to top the charts and raise funds to support NHS staff who may have been impacted by the Covid-19 crisis.
The choir started life as an attempt to bring some fun and respite to critical care workers after an incredibly tough few months.
Members include nurses, doctors and allied health professionals who have been working on the frontline of healthcare.
Critical care staff nurses Kirstin McGettrick and Lyndsey Jarvie, and doctors Cat Felderhof and Claire McCue – all from Glasgow Royal Infirmary – joined RAH staff nurse Alison.
They have been using Zoom as a way to get together and use the power of music to find joy during difficult times.
Alison said: “This has all been very surreal.
“I normally sing in a local choir but we haven’t been able to meet or rehearse since the early spring.
“I hadn’t really appreciated how much I was missing singing as part of a group until we started on Liberty Singers.”
Choir director Kari Olsen Porthouse contacted the dean of the Faculty of Intensive Care Medicine and offered to start a pop-up choir – with four singing sessions and a remote recording of one of the songs.
The 100-strong choir includes ICU staff from every region who ‘met’ for the first time on Zoom on November 25.
They have been enjoying hilarity, singing a range of songs.
They were able to temporarily let go of the enormous pressure they have faced all year and come together instead in a spirit of fun and relaxation.
The group is planning to take on Liam Gallagher, Jess Glynne and Robbie Williams in a bid for the top spot.
All money raised will go to create a fund, managed through the Faculty of Intensive Care Medicine, to provide support for staff who may have been impacted by the pressure of the covid crisis.
SONY ATV, which owns the rights to Every Breath You Take (I’ll Be Watching You), gave permission for the reworked hit to be released as a charity single.
The track comprises 223 individual vocal recordings sung by the choir members, recorded in their own homes and then blended to create a virtual choir.
The single is released today and will be available for download and streaming through the usual channels.
All of the staff involved will be working over the Christmas period, looking after covid and non-covid patients in High Dependency and ICU units.
The video for the single can be found at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pm3z0qoDbo8
You can pre-order the single here: https://orcd.co/lwnv105