Music

Heroic NHS Staff Applauded In Musical Tribute By Former Soldiers

Stars including Sir Cliff Richard and rockers Suzi Quattro and Ricky Wilson are backing the song

A musical anthem written to applaud the heroic work of NHS doctors and nurses as they battle to save lives during the Coronavirus pandemic has been released in a tribute spearheaded by a former Armed Forces musician.

Veteran Staff Sergeant David Barnes - a star of the TV talent show, The Voice, and a former solider with the Royal Engineers and Corps of Army Music - came up with the idea for the song with his fiancée Dawn Ronson, a nurse, to raise money for the COVID-19 appeal for the NHS.

The former soldiers teamed up with a group of musicians, singers and producers to create the track but with all of them working remotely due to the coronavirus lockdown.

David, who features as the lead vocals on the track, alongside internationally-acclaimed soprano Christina Johnston, said:

"I am extremely excited to be singing on the track and cannot believe how hard and smart the whole team has worked, everyone playing their part with such enthusiasm and intent."

A host of celebrities have now given their backing to the track, with many of them sharing a preview on their social media accounts.

The couple, who are both veterans, thought up the song – called #applaudNHS - as a way of thanking their local hospital, The Queen Elizabeth in Birmingham, after Dawn had to spend three weeks there with a chronic illness while she was heavily pregnant.

Now the proud parents of a baby daughter, named Shelby, who was born in February, the couple want to thank the NHS for its support of them personally and thank all health workers across the country for their heroic efforts during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The 99p song – all proceeds from which will be donated to the COVID-19 appeal - is being publicised as millions of people across the UK take to their doorsteps each week on Thursdays at 8pm to clap and cheer NHS workers for their service in saving lives as the virus grips the country.

Dawn, a former Corporal with the Queen Alexandra Royal Army Nursing Corps, thanked the NHS once more while talking to BFBS Radio, saying: 

"Every single day everybody was so supportive with my chronic illness, and with the baby having to be born early. We wanted to thank them."

With a talented team behind them they were able to create the uplifting song and video in just eight days - all while following social distancing guidelines and not meeting each other in person. 

The song has received support from a number of famous faces including Sir Cliff Richard, singer and TV personality Daniel O'Donnell, rock star Suzi Quattro, rocker Ricky Wilson of the Kaiser Chiefs, Olympian Denise Lewis, as well as Chelsea Pensioner and Britain's Got Talent winner, Colin Thackery, who even makes an appearance in the video.

More than 100,000 people have already heard a preview of the track after it was shared on social media.

Soprano Christina, sharing her thoughts on the song, said:

"Everyone involved has given their services willingly and for free, and we all feel truly humbled by the work the NHS is doing to save lives during this coronavirus pandemic.”

The musical anthem is available to download now by following this link https://orcd.co/pbop2k4.