WITHIN A DAY OF BEING RELEASED FOR DOWNLOAD, THE NATIONAL HEALTH SINGERS’ ORIGINAL SONG “WON’T LET GO”, HAS LEAPT TO NUMBER TWO IN THE AMAZON BEST SELLERS LIST.
The single, written and performed to protest government health policy, is behind only Green Day’s ‘American Idiot’ in the Amazon Best Sellers chart. In contrast to the celebratory tone of recent coverage of the NHS’ 70th anniversary, ‘Won’t let go’ communicates frustration and resilience in the context of cuts and privatisation of the health service.
Last Friday evening over 40 National Health Singers, travelling from all over the country, converged to record “won’t let go”. Doctors, nurses, other allied health professionals and support staff along with some passionate NHS supporters.
Under the guide of of choral director Mark De-Lisser, they worked relentlessly (after a full week or more of work for many) in to the late late night.
Our new single, ‘Won’t let go’ will be released on Friday 29th June.
It was created with Mark De-Lisser (known for The Voice and recently arranged ‘Stand by me’ for the Royal Wedding), and talented songwriter Clare Dove. Our music video created by William Walsh.
The NHS is this country’s best-loved and most treasured asset, and it’s 70th birthday is a very significant date for our country.
“The government has made £40bn in cuts since 2010. Services are threadbare, patients
suffer on trolleys in corridors, staff are burnt out and leaving in droves. In short, the much vaunted ‘£20bn birthday present’ to the NHS won’t touch the sides. We need an end to austerity cuts and a reversal of creeping privatisation.”
Dr Julia Patterson, Co-founder of the National Health Singers
“We all owe so much to the NHS; it wraps us in warm towels as we first open our eyes, helps us welcome the next generation, and holds our hands as we say our last goodbyes. It cares for our loved ones and those with no one to love them, it does so much for so many; it’s our turn to return the favour, without decisive action its days are numbered. The best way for us all to celebrate the NHS on its 70th birthday is to come together and fight for it. There’s no room for bunting. It’s time to make our voices heard.”
Dr Chinedu Nwokoro, Choir member
The National Health Singers & friends are busy writing, arranging & recording a special single in honour of the NHS becoming 70! Watch this space to find out more!