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London Symphony Chorus

Lucy Thraves


London Symphony Chorus launch tribute to health and care workers who have died of Covid-19

11:39, 30th June 2020

The London Symphony Chorus have commissioned a musical tribute to UK health and care workers who have died in the Covid-19 pandemic. 

Composed by Howard Goodall CBE, the work’s text is made up of the names of 122 workers who were among the first to have died. When complete, Never To Forget will be extended to include all names of all the workers who have died by the time of its first live performance.

To coincide with the anniversary of the founding of the NHS, the premiere will take place online on 5 July, 10am at https://bit.ly/2B8G5LM.

Howard Goodall said: ‘Like so many creative artists I have been wanting to respond to the pandemic in a way that would seem appropriate and sensitive to those who have been at the forefront of the struggle and that would demonstrate to them our collective solidarity and gratitude.

‘A choral work, even one that could initially be compiled from singers’ own homes, seemed fitting. Its text, entirely comprising the names of those nurses, doctors, carers, porters, cleaners, paramedics, ambulance drivers who leave behind mourning families, friends, communities.’


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