Tees Valley Youth Choir Create Moving Online Performance During Lockdown

With the UK lockdown entering its 4th week, Tees Valley Youth Choir (TVYC) have released a 6 minute video aimed at raising the spirits of their members and the local community and to show their appreciation for all those who work in the NHS.

Tees Valley Youth Choir

The Tees Valley Music Service premier youth choir came together during the uncertain times from their own homes to produce a virtual rendition of ‘Something Inside So Strong‘, originally sung by Labi Siffre.

Joined by parents, alumni and staff the choir performed magnificent harmonies and displayed an incredible range of vocals.

The performance included past and present members of TVYC including their Conductor, Nikki Lycett-Findley. In a post shared on Facebook Mrs Lycett-Findley said she was “so proud to work with such wonderful individuals”. She went on to explain that there are “far more other members singing than what is portrayed in the video” and expresses her thanks to everyone who helped in creating this piece in such a short space of time.

As well as providing these young Teesside singers with an opportunity to make people smile during these unprecedented times the song is also intended as a love-letter to the NHS.

On their official Facebook page TVYC captioned their video with: “A huge thank you to our NHS and all of our key workers at this really difficult time. We sincerely hope it brightens your day and we pass on our love and sincerest condolences to all families who have lost loved ones at this awful times. All of our love – Tees Valley Youth Choir.”

Tom Powell, a former member of TVYC who produced the video, said: “I was asked to help them come together in song as a virtual choir during lockdown. They usually rehearse on a weekly basis and miss each other so much. We picked ‘Something Inside So Strong’ because that’s something we all need right now – strength, and music to help us draw that out from within.”

Since upload, the video has been viewed more than 48,000 times and has received local and regional media attention with Teesside Live and NE Volume commenting on the performance.

Similiarly, the brass section from Tees Valley Youth Orchestra produced their own spliced performance with a touching rendition of ‘You’ve got a friend in me‘ by Randy Newman from Toy Story.

On their Facebook page, Conductor Nicholas Nowicki posted the video with a caption quoting lyrics from the song: “We stick together and can see it through, ’cause you’ve got a friend in me.”

“We’re certainly missing our friends right now, but we know we’ll be stronger on the other side.” Mr Nowicki concluded.