Poignant new song becomes NHS fund-raiser in Sussex

A beautiful new song by University of Chichester head of voice Susan Legg salutes the NHS in these difficult times.

The whole experience – as Susan says – was a happy whirlwind, everything falling into place quickly and easily, from the moment of inspiration right through to the moment of release.

Voice tutor Susan is now using the song, entitled Hold On Tight, to raise as much money as she possibly can for the NHS.

Hear it here: https://youtu.be/NWE7EbKZRhM

Donate here.

Susan says:

I’ve written a song and want us all to make as much money together for the NHS as we can. Let’s do this!

I woke up early one day during Lockdown with a tune in my head. I thought I’d better get up and write it down.

My background: I’m a trained opera singer and vocal tutor at the University of Chichester where we are supporting our wonderful students during Lockdown.

If you watched Endeavour Series 7 you may have seen me as the tragic opera heroine – I’m not really that dramatic in real life!

I was lucky that our great friend and neighbour, the legend Guy Fletcher (Dire Straits) agreed to play the guitar, produce and mix the track. How lucky was that!!

I wrote the melody, lyrics, piano and string parts. When Guy recorded guitar on the track I was so excited to hear what he had done! When I heard it, I realised that his playing had completely dictated the direction the song would take.

It has been an incredible experience to have enlisted the support of extraordinary musicians in the recording of this song. Andy Brown (viola soloist and Director of London Metropolitan Orchestra) and celebrated cellist Caroline Dale both contributed fantastic performances. Composer and our dear friend Matthew Slater gave invaluable help in overseeing and producing the remote recordings.

I also have a great debt of gratitude to my husband, Film, TV and Games composer Stephen Baysted, who recorded my song and worked hard with Anne Miller and Frankie Videtta of Accorder Music our publishers to get it out on all digital platforms as quickly as possible to support our wonderful NHS.

We will beat this virus and save lives.

Please donate generously and I hope you find the song uplifting. I really do!

See also https://www.chichester.co.uk/whats-on/arts-and-entertainment/poignant-new-song-becomes-nhs-fund-raiser-sussex-2552552

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