The Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Trust Choir are to perform at the BRIT Awards next week alongside international superstars P!nk and Rag’n’Bone Man.
The choir will act as backing singers for the US pop star and the ‘Human’ hitmaker who will be performing their current duet ‘Anywhere Away From Here’, which was released earlier this month.
The O2 Arena in Greenwich will host the BRIT Awards on May 11 for a crowd of 4,000 people without social distancing, as part of the UK government’s research into safely restarting large events with crowds.
The singer Rag’n’Bone Man – whose real name is Rory Charles – invited the group, who most recently teamed up with Justin Bieber for a rendition of his single Holy.
Speaking about the collaboration, Rag’n’Bone Man said in a statement: “Having people attend this special evening makes me really excited for touring to come! I’m grateful that P!nk is able to join from across the pond, to my band as ever and the NHS Choir are sounding amazing!”
Choir leader and Children’s Physiotherapist Caroline Smith said: “We’re so excited to be a part of music history, and truly privileged to be able to perform for our NHS family and all the key worker heroes.”
“We hope this very special version of ‘Anywhere Away From Here’ acts as a tribute to all the superstars at Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Trust and our NHS colleagues across the whole UK, who’ve done such extraordinary work keeping the country safe.
“Thanks so much to Rag’n’Bone Man too for inviting us – we can’t wait for the big night!”
The BRIT Awards 2021 with Mastercard is already a huge date in the live entertainment calendar – as it will be the first major indoor music event to welcome back a live audience. Hopes are that it will pave the way for the return of live music at scale, as the UK emerges from the past year’s restrictions.
In an homage to health care providers, around 2,500 tickets to the O2 arena event were gifted to frontline NHS heroes and their guests.