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The Earl Mountbatten Community Choir has lent their voices to a national Christmas charity album aiming to inspire hope during difficult times.

The choir has joined forces with other hospice choirs from across the UK to form one of ten massed singing groups, collectively known as Choirs with Purpose, to produce an album called ‘Stand Together’.

Each choir has a special message to deliver through music – from the Missing People Choir who were finalists at Britain’s Got Talent to the chart topping Greenwich and Lewisham NHS Choir. Earl Mountbatten Community Choir is featured as part of the newly formed UK Hospices Choir. Each choir will contribute one track to the album and all singers will come together for one special single.

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Fraser Simpson, who leads Earl Mountbatten Community Choir and is the hospice’s music therapist, said:

“Considering our choir only launched in January, it is amazing how far we have come together! I’m so delighted that the Isle of Wight is represented among the 1600 singers on the album, and I hope that people will feel able to support it by pre-ordering their copy.”

Nigel Hartley, Chief Executive, said:

“Music plays such an important part of what we do every day in hospice care, and our community choir has become an integral part of that – both for people receiving care and support, but also for members of the public who just want to come and be together socially through singing. I really hope the album is a huge success and that people get joy from listening to it.”

Stand Together is an album of uplifting cover songs which will be released on 15th December, but is available for pre-order now at www.pledgemusic.com/projects/choirswithpurpose. All profits will be divided between the choirs’ charities.

Did you know? Earl Mountbatten Community Choir is open to everyone, of any age and any ability. You don’t need to know how to read music, and it doesn’t matter if you’ve never sung in a choir before. The choir meets at 18:30 every Wednesday in the John Cheverton Centre on the hospice site in Newport.

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