As part of the NHS Choir for the last year and a half, it has been my pleasure and privilege to sing at a variety of events, both large (e.g. at the Royal Albert Hall) and small (e.g. local charity fundraisers).
The choir indirectly promotes the diverse jobs that people do in the National Health Service – a variety well represented in the choir, comprising doctors, physiotherapists, nurses, clerical staff... and our first radiographer, me!
This year has seen the 70th birthday of the NHS, and we have recently been immersed in a range of events at Abbey Road Studios and in York, to celebrate Our cover of the Beatles’ song, ‘With a Little Help from My Friends’, especially arranged for the occasion, raced up the charts, but didn’t quite get to number one. (Search ‘With a Little Help from My Friends NHS’ online, and our song should appear under NHS Voices).
In the hectic daily routine of work and life, it is such a joy to make music together, and this has been an unexpected bonus of working in the Health Service at my hospital in East London.
Here’s to friends, music and the NHS! James Thatcher (01-07G)