Manchester Youth Choir supports NSPCC with new musical video

Date published: 14 June 2021

A new video from the Manchester Youth Choir has been released to support the NSPCC's new national fundraising event, Childhood Day.

The first national Childhood Day, on Friday 11 June, celebrates play as a boost to the mental and emotional health of children and young people, and encourages friends, families and colleagues to take part in sponsored games, performances or play events to raise vital funds for the NSPCC.

Each member of the choir recorded their performance alone during lockdown, and their clips have been edited together to create an incredible rendition of the Jess Glynne song, ‘Don’t Be So Hard On Yourself’.

Led by choir leader Phil Reynolds from Rochdale, the track is the second by the choir to support the NSPCC, following their cover of ‘These Days’ by Rudimental and Jess Glynne.

Phil said: “I know how hard the pandemic has hit young people in our region, and how difficult it’s been for the NSPCC to hold their usual fundraising events, so I wanted to create something that would bring young people together in a way that would help them and the charity too.

“I know that having something like this to focus and work on can be a real boost, and everyone who took part really gave it their all. Sam Townsend, who edited the video, has done a great job, and it was brilliant of Sue [Devaney] to record an introduction which helps explain how important public support is for the NSPCC.”

Vickie Butcher, NSPCC Community Fundraising Manager, said: “Every video from Phil’s choir is special, but the lyrics to this particular song felt like a really important message to share with children and young people and I got really emotional watching it this week.

“We’re so grateful to Phil and everyone who helped make this incredible video to support the NSPCC, and we’re delighted that it coincides with the run-up to Childhood Day. Taking part in events like musical performances can be as emotionally and mentally beneficial as playing games with friends or family, and when there’s a message as important as this being shared too, it’s even better.”

To donate to the Manchester Youth Choir and support their fundraising for the NSPCC, click here.


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