Music Monday, December 21st

Could Herefordshire have a claim on the Christmas number one?

THE county has a connection to what could be this year’s coveted Christmas No 1.

Former Hereford Cathedral School (HCS) student Liam Dunachie plays the piano for the NHS Choir’s A Bridge Over You battling with Justin Bieber for the top spot.

The track – a “mash-up” of Simon and Garfunkel’s Bridge Over Troubled Water and Coldplay’s Fix You – is now at No2 according to the official charts.

On leaving HCS in 2007, Liam went to Cambridge to read music.

His career has gone from strength to strength since.

He told Herefordshire Live: “I was asked to be the pianist and assistant conductor for Lewisham Hospital Choir shortly after they'd featured on Gareth Malone's first series of "Sing While You Work" on BBC2 a few years ago.

“Since then I've worked with them every week, undertaking engagements ranging from singing in the hospital wards to local events and at conferences on a national scale, as representatives of the NHS as a whole.

“This single was recorded in the autumn of 2013 as a way of raising awareness when Lewisham Hospital was under threat of closure, which is happily no longer the case.

“The success of the track this year has been a huge, but quite unexpected surprise to me, having previously only sold a few dozen copies in the hospital shop as far as I'm aware.

“It's always immensely gratifying for me to be part of groups like this who meet regularly just for the pure enjoyment of singing together, and to see their efforts recognised on a national scale is terrifically rewarding and rather exciting.”

HCS said it was “proud” of Liam’s achievements.

Development Director, Claire Morgan-Jones said: “It is wonderful to see Liam achieving great things especially for such a worthy cause. Right from his early days as a chorister at Hereford Cathedral School Liam showed a rare talent for music – we are delighted to have helped him to develop his expertise.”

All proceeds from A Bridge Over You will be shared between healthcare charities, including Carers UK and Mind – as well as a percentage going to Samh (Scotland) and Niamh (Northern Ireland).

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