Tees Valley Youth Choir (one of Tees Valley Music Service’s premier ensembles) shared the video via Facebook with the caption: “A huge Thank You to our NHS and all of our Key Workers at this really difficult time. We sincerely hope it brightens your day and we pass on our love and sincerest condolences to all families who have lost loved ones at this awful time. All our love – Tees Valley Youth Choir (TVYC) xx”
Tom Powell, former member of TVYC who produced the video, said “I was asked to help them come together in song as a virtual choir during lockdown. They usually rehearse on a weekly basis and miss each other so much. We picked Something Inside So Strong because that’s something we all need right now – strength, and music helps us draw that out from within.”
From their own homes, TVYC are joined by parents, alumni and staff – most of whom are seen in the video, but those that aren’t are certainly heard in the chorus. Featuring fabulous harmonies and incredible vocals, TVYC showcases some of the Tees Valley’s finest young voices, all desperate to express their gratitude for the NHS and key workers.
TVYC is currently in its 27th year and has a busy concert schedule. Performance venues include Palais Garnier, Disneyland Paris, Royal Albert Hall, Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod, Symphony Hall Birmingham, Town Hall Birmingham and Durham Cathedral. With the closures, postponements, and cancellations of so many events due to the COVID-19 Pandemic – determined to keep spirits high and support their community through music – the choir and the wider service have a number of online events planned, including streamed concerts via their Facebook page: @OfficialTVYC
“This footage is a real demonstration of unity in isolation, strength in the face of uncertainty, and solidarity at a time when we can’t give our friends the same reassurance that only a simple hug can bring.”
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