Cornwall sings tonight for the NHS

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Following last week’s emotional ‘Clap for Carers’, leading choirmaster Emma Mansfield has penned a simple little song, following the inspiration of a local electrician, to sing a collective ‘thank you’ to our amazing frontline workers and NHS, linking communities and choirs across the land.

The ‘sing-song’ will take place this evening (Thursday April 2) at 8pm where all are encouraged to sing as loudly or as softly from the safety of their doorsteps to the simple tune of ‘Hey Jude’.  People of all (or no) singing ability alike are encouraged to join the throng and show their collective appreciation this evening.

Local sparky electrician, Ian Holding, a resident of Lostwithiel, and a fan of local music events Lostfest and Lost in Song, had the idea of using the well-known and easy melody of Hey Jude.  Via Facebook, he suggested it to choirmaster Emma Mansfield who has created fitting words and a Cornish backdrop to a Vimeo video which everyone can use to prepare.

The concept has already gathered storm and now people across Cornwall are preparing to share in the Cornwall Sings for the NHS tribute this coming Thursday at 8pm, with others across the country indicating that their local street or village will also be joining the throng.

Inspired by the idea of ‘Clap for Carers’, created by Annemarie Plas, a Dutch woman living in England, Cornwall Sings for the NHS now allows the Cornish an opportunity to display their cultural heritage of community choirs, and love of song, in their own way of saying thanks.

With only one key hospital in Truro, Cornwall’s NHS services, and high dependency bed numbers, are continually stretched, so the Cornish tribute to its NHS staff, and other frontline workers, is particularly meaningful for local residents.