A nurse’s photographic glimpse into life on the NHS frontline has inspired stars to celebrate the heroic efforts of workers in a new album, Song Club.
A brand new album celebrating the heroic efforts of frontline workers amid the continuing Covid-19 pandemic is set for release tomorrow.
Curated by Chris Difford of Squeeze, the Song Club album features a collection of songs by an ensemble of award-winning songwriters.
The album, which documents a poignant moment in time, is inspired by the work of Hannah Grace Deller, a nurse on the frontline.
In addition to being a paediatric matron at Imperial College NHS Trust, Deller is a talented photographer who, throughout the pandemic, has been documenting her and her colleagues’ experiences.
When Deller’s photographic work was featured on the Channel 4 programme Grayson’s Art Club, it grabbed the attention of the Squeeze co-founder and Grammy nominated and double Ivor Novello Award-winning lyricist.
“I first saw Hannah’s photography on Grayson Perry’s Channel 4 program Art Club. Lockdown provided some great TV moments and this was one of them. Inspired by her work, I asked all of my co-writing chums to use her photographs as inspiration for songwriting.
“Together we have created a body of work to raise funds for the frontline workers, it has been so inspiring to hear the results.” Difford explained.
Difford’s co-writing chums are a host of world-class, award-winning songwriters – including Mark Nevin; Nick Heyward; Graham Gouldman; Beth Nielsen Chapman; Robert Vincent and Kathryn Williams – who have used their time in lockdown to document a poignant moment in time.
“I hope that the voices of all the unsung heroes, their efforts and sacrifices are heard in this music,” said Deller.
“For me this record is a thank you to all my colleagues on the frontline, from the porters and domestics, to the doctors and nurses. I’ll never forget how we all stood side-by-side on the frontline fighting this illness together.”
BAFTA nominated actor and singer Jessie Buckley and her band Jessie and The Leonards perform the first single from the album, Working on the Frontline. Written by Kate St John and Neill MacColl and featuring Hannah Grace Deller, the song is a powerful representation of life on the NHS frontline.
Proceeds from the sale of the Song Club album will go to the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) Foundation Covid-19 Support Fund.
“We are incredibly grateful to Chris, Hannah and everyone involved in the Song Club album project,” said Deepa Korea, RCN Foundation Director. “Donations to the RCN Foundation Covid-19 Support Fund will make a huge difference to the many frontline nurses, midwives and health care support workers who are continuing to make an invaluable contribution at the very forefront of the Covid-19 pandemic.
“Support from the project will not only help those individuals who may be experiencing personal hardship as a result of Covid-19, but will also help to address some of the psychological implications associated with working on the frontline.”
Difford added: “Songwriters have been in lockdown and collectively, we have dark stages and an unsure future regarding live music, so this has been something to focus on by way of embracing the amazing work of the NHS and frontline workers.”
Working on the Frontline by Jessie and The Leonards (feat. Hannah Grace Deller) is available now.
Song Club by Various Artists will be released on 23rd October 2020. For more information, see: https://slinky.to/SongClub