Richard House singers to take on X Factor winner in Christmas charts

PUBLISHED: 15:57 17 November 2016 | UPDATED: 15:57 17 November 2016

Singers from Richard House Children's Hospice with the other choir members (Pic: St Luke's)

Singers from Richard House Children's Hospice with the other choir members (Pic: St Luke's)


Hundreds of patients, families, staff and volunteers from 18 hospices in London are hoping to hit this year’s Christmas number one spot with a charity single.

A 300-strong choir group, including singers from Richard House Children’s Hospice, will be vying against this year’s X Factor winner to make it to the top of the pops with a cover of ‘The Living Years’.

Singer songwriter Paul Carrack, who sang the original 1991 hit, is hoping to lead the group – aptly named the ‘London Hospices Choir’ – to the top spot.

He said: “The Living Years has been an important song for me for many years, but this is the version that means the most.

“Recording it with this incredibly special group of people for such a worthwhile cause has created some kind of magic.

The 18 participating hospices

Demelza Hospice Care for Children, Greenwich & Bexley Community Hospice, Harlington Hospice, Haven House, Marie Curie (Hampstead), Noah’s Ark Children’s Hospice, North London Hospice, Pembridge Palliative Care Centre, Princess Alice Hospice, Richard House, Royal Trinity Hospice, Shooting Star Chase, St Christopher’s, Saint Francis Hospice (Romford), The Hospice of St Francis (Berkhamsted), St Joseph’s Hospice (Hackney), St Luke’s Hospice and St Raphael’s Hospice

“It’s a powerful and inspiring track, and I hope that everyone gets behind it this Christmas.”

The choir recorded their track at the world famous Abbey Road Studios in St John’s Wood, under the direction of top Hollywood film director Annabel Jankel.

All profits from the sale of the single will be divided between the 18 hospices involved, helping them to support those reaching the end of their lives, and their families.

‘The Living Years’ by The London Hospices Choir and Paul Carrack is being released on December 16.

The single is available to pre-order on iTunes and Amazon.

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