The creative child of Musical Director Jenny Deacon, Sweet Charity Choir have raised over £3000 for charities across the UK and have recently recorded their own rendition of “Come Alive.”
Posting the link on social media, Sweet Charity Choir covered this beautifully powerful Foo Fighters track in aid of Music Support. Music Support is a UK charity supporting and helping those in the music industry with mental health and addiction from artists and managers, to security and crew. They are industry specific so are able to provide tailored, and relevant guidance to those that need it via their 24/7 helpline and by signposting to further services as required. The charity has been set up by the industry, for the industry with everyone involved, including the helpline volunteers, having music industry background and therefore being able to provide specific, relatable support to those who reach out.
Sweet Charity Choir pride themselves in allowing their singers to participate in something they love, to learn new arrangements and to raise money for vital charities along the way. This fantastic cover didn’t go un-noticed and sparked worldwide coverage when Foo Fighters frontman shared the link on all of the bands social media platforms:
“Thank you Sweet Charity Choir & Music Support for such a beautiful rendition of “Come Alive” … and for making this song of hope even more hopeful. Perfect way to ring in the new year… Dave”
With mental health and addiction being experienced in silence throughout the music industry, Music Support are providing vital lifelines to so many and this is why awareness such as this is so important in ensuring the right help reaches those that need it. Music Support immediately posted their gratitude to the choir for their support while others from around the world reiterated how wonderful the arrangement was and thanked the choir and Music Support for recognising the need for mental health and addiction awareness.
Jenny Deacon, took to the Sweet Charity Choir facebook page and posted this heartfelt and honest message and referring to this article:
So the dust has only just started to settle in my head, so I’ll try and put a few things down.
When I listened to ‘Come Alive’ it immediately spoke to me on a personal level about my battle with depression and at times, very dark thoughts about my existence. I still have them but through the medium of music, in all its shapes and forms, it has allowed me to find an outlet; to pour myself into making music with other people. I always feel better when I’m making music with people.
So when I heard this song again in May, a light just ignited inside me and I decided I was going to write it for the choir because I thought not only would it sound powerful, but it would challenge the singers musically as well as mentally. After they had learned it, and after seeing the reaction it had on everyone I decided I wanted to try and do something. One of my singers brought my attention to Music Support and I couldn’t believe how perfect it was for our ‘vision’ and couldn’t believe that I hadn’t heard of it. I then wondered how many other people hadn’t heard of it who were in need of tailored expert help from people who honestly understood the industry.
I, like so many of us, was so saddened when Chester Bennington and Chris Cornell took their lives this year but I was especially moved after a friend of mine had told me how much roadies suffer, and I hadn’t even thought about that side of the industry (thank you Jessee).
This article in particular is fantastic for explaining perfectly what Music Support does for people, why they are so passionate about what they do, and why they need to be noticed.
I didn’t broadcast this video to ‘plug’ myself or my choir. You are of course so welcome to come and join us, but that’s not why I’ve showcased this choir. The cause is the most important element, but the singers are part of the solution. Join ANY CHOIR. Because singing in a choir is so, so good for you. Not only does it provide a stimulating challenge and release endorphins, but it welcomes you in to a musical community, synchronising heartbeats (literally) and positivity together. It can bring you life long friendships, meaning and purpose and all whilst doing something good for your brain and your body. It saved me, so maybe it could save someone else.
So I thank every person involved in this, I thank Music Support, I thank Foo Fighters I thank the choir and the crew and I thank the endless possibilities of music for giving me purpose and happiness.
Foo Fighters are due to play the UK in 2018 and there are calls for the Sweet Charity Choir to be invited to perform this incredible cover with the band. There has been no word from the Foo’s on whether this will happen however it is something I know both the choir and Music Support would be very honoured to be part of.
Huge congratulations to Jenny Deacon and everyone involved.