THE NHS choir, who beat Adele and Stormzy to the Christmas number one spot in 2015 with their charity single A Bridge Over You, will take to the stage at the 2021 Brit Awards.
Here's everything you need to know about them…
Who are the Greenwich NHS choir?
The NHS choir is made up of staff from the Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Trust in South-East London.
The singers are doctors, nurses, physiotherapists, porters and administrators.
The choir first featured on Gareth Malone's programme Sing While You Work in 2012 and were narrowly beaten by the Severn Trent Water choir in the final.
In 2015 they reached Christmas number one with their charity single after massive support on social media and celebrity endorsement.
In December 2020 they released an album the following year, and recorded a version of Justin Bieber's Holy in December 2020.
They also were seen performing Joy to the World after the Queen's Speech on Christmas Day 2020.
Why are they performing at The Brit Awards 2021?
The Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Trust Choir are to perform at the 2021 Brit Awards next week alongside international superstars P!nk and Rag’n’Bone Man.
The choir will perform as backing singers for the accomplished singers and took to Twitter to voice their excitement.
They penned: "Can’t quite believe this is happening but we’ll be joining @RagNBoneMan and @Pink at @BRITs on 11th May. What an honour to be able to perform at such a special event, for our NHS and keyworker colleagues."
They will take to the stage at the O2 Arena in front of live crowd of 4,000 people.
The Choir will be performing at the Brit Awards 2021
What was the NHS choir's Christmas number one A Bridge Over You?
A Bridge Over You was the NHS choir's 2015 charity single which got to Christmas number one, selling over 27,000 copies.
The song is an arrangement of Simon and Garfunkel's Bridge Over Troubled Water and Coldplay's 2005 hit Fix You.
They reached number one on Christmas Day with all profits from the single going to Mind, Carers UK and smaller charities chosen by the choir.
At this time Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt was debating on whether or not to extend the contracted hours of junior doctors which prompted strike action.
The choir beat Adele, Stormzy and Justin Bieber to the top spot – Justin himself urged fans to buy their single, tweeting, "Let's do the right thing and let them win. It's Christmas."
Who is choirmaster Caroline Smith?
Caroline Smith is a Community Children’s Physiotherapist at Lewisham Healthcare and has been in the role for almost 10 years.
She said she has always enjoyed singing and sung in her local church and in a community choir, which is why she decided to audition for the choir.
After accepting the invite from Rag N' Bone man to perform at the Brits, Caroline 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!”
What have the NHS choir done since they reached Christmas number one?
Since their Christmas number one victory, the NHS choir have gone from strength to strength.
In June 2016 they released their debut album Something Inside So Strong which is still available to buy on Amazon and other vendors.
They have also performed at Glastonbury, the FA Cup final at Wembley Stadium and Christmas With The Stars at the Royal Albert Hall.
On Channel 4's Stand Up To Cancer programme in 2016, they performed Starman in tribute to David Bowie.
As part of an event to celebrate the NHS' 70th anniversary, the choir will feature in an ITV special alongside music stars in an attempt to break the world record for a live singalong.
The mass sing-song will take place on July 4.
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