NHS workers mean the world to online choir at Brooklands Middle School in Leighton Buzzard

An online Brooklands Middle School choir has produced a version of the USA for Africa  song “We Are The World” as a tribute to NHS workers.

Friday, 22nd May 2020, 12:33 am
Updated Friday, 22nd May 2020, 12:36 am

The video which can be viewed on the Leighton Buzzard school’s YouTube channel, features a guest appearance by Denise Nolan from the Nolan Sisters.

Jenny Beckwith, director of music at Brooklands, and Michelle Tipper, came up with the idea after seeing an online choir on BBC’s The One Show.

Jenny said: “I then suggested the song We Are The World as the lyrics are particularly pertinent to the situation we find ourselves on at the moment and express the sentiment of how important community is at the moment.

“I quickly got to work creating the backing track. Once this was ready I asked students and staff to send me videos of them singing a line or the chorus which I then edited the sound and visual to make it fit in time.

“We had a great response from the video and I was very proud as it was tricky to get the voices in time but it was worth every second to see the final product and to hear so many of our students and families enjoying it.

“We have a lot of students with key workers and even some front line workers in their family and we thought that this would be a wonderful opportunity to thank especially our NHS for everything they are doing to save so many lives while putting their own at risk.

“We are also lucky enough to have a lot of talent in our school so me and Michelle thought this would be the perfect way to show our appreciation to not only local but national NHS services.

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“It took three weeks to edit and put together and we were even lucky enough to have Denise Nolan sing a chorus for us which was beautiful. I am so proud of our school and this video just shows what a wonderful community spirit Brooklands Middle School has.”