Monday, 18 May 2020

#staystrong: Laura Wright, choir of Royal Holloway College & Rupert Gough release new single to raise awareness of mental health



Soprano Laura Wright has released a new single, written by composer Thomas Hewitt-Jones and lyricist Matt Harvey, with the choir of Royal Holloway College and conductor Rupert Gough. Can you hear me? is released today to raise awareness of mental health and to encourage people to seek support and donate to mental health charities if they feel able to.

All of the musicians involved gave their services for free and hope that the song can be an anthem for kindness, bringing hope all around the world to those suffering with their mental health. Released by Signum, proceeds from the single will be donated to a number of UK-based mental health charities.

Thomas Hewitt-Jones won the BBC Young Composer Competition in his teens and writes contemporary classical music as well as music for film and TV. His most recent projects include a Divertimento for Strings commissioned by Lucy Melvin to celebrate the 10 year anniversary of her Chamber Players courses, and a new organ piece for the centenary of the Exeter & District Organists’ Association to be premiered by Thomas Trotter in Exeter Cathedral, and a large choral commissionfor Sheringham & Cromer Choral Society.

With the aim to guide people to seek help, the accompanying music video provides links to staystrong.org.uk. The #StayStrong campaign provides invaluable links to numerous mental health charities around the UK.

Can you hear me? on YouTube.

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