Two workplace choirs made up of some of the capital’s emergency service keyworkers have joined forces to spread a message of positivity and hope to London’s communities this Christmas.
The Metropolitan Police Choir has worked with Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Choir on a version of Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas, which has been shared on YouTube and across social media today, Friday 11 December 2020.
Donations to two charities will be encouraged: Care of Police Survivors (COPS), which has helped hundreds of police families devastated by the loss of a loved one who has died on duty, and global organisation World Child Cancer, who make a huge difference across the world and particularly in low-income countries.
The choirs had originally planned to perform together at a charity fundraising concert in November, but when this was cancelled due to the pandemic, decided to virtually record a track instead.
Met Police Commissioner Cressida Dick said: “I am delighted to support the partnership between the Metropolitan Police Choir and the Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Choir, two outstanding choirs. I am immensely proud of what they have collectively achieved in the face of the pandemic, bringing us all some much needed festive cheer.”
Richard Fox, the Met Police Choir’s Musical Director, said: “We are so honoured to work with our friends at Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Trust on this exciting Christmas project in a year where police and the NHS have had to work together like never before.
“One of the great things we’re usually able to do as a choir is to support and fundraise for many different charities throughout the year, and we hope our efforts this Christmas can help raise awareness of our two chosen charities, including COPS which supports members of the police families who have very sadly died in the line of duty.
“The song we selected has long been a Christmas favourite and seems even more poignant this year with lyrics that talk about ‘faithful friends’ and being together ‘if the fates allow.’
“Of course this festive period will be very different for all of us, but projects such as these keep the choir’s passion alive and deliver some much needed cheer to our colleagues, fellow Londoners and beyond. I am extremely proud of what we have achieved together.”
Caroline Smith, Paediatric Physiotherapist and Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Choir’s coordinator, said: “Working with the Met Police Choir is always a pleasure, so we were all gutted that the pandemic put a stop to our joint concert.
“However, it has been brilliant to combine our voices on this track instead – a great early Christmas present for all involved! We hope the public enjoy listening as much as we enjoyed recording it, and that it raises lots of donations and awareness for World Child Cancer and Care of Police Survivors.”