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NI musical society on song as they produce a recording as a thank you to all key workers

Members of one of Northern Ireland's oldest and most critically acclaimed musical societies have hit the right note to say thank you to all the key and essential workers during the Covid-19 pandemic.

A new recording of Josh Groban's 'Thankful' has brought together almost 50 company members from St Agnes' Choral Society in Belfast.

The track has been produced while the choir members have been in isolation in their own homes for the last two months.

Members of the award-winning group came together to create the inspirational and emotional tribute to all those whose efforts they are 'thankful' for and they will also be raising funds for Macmillan Cancer Support in the process.

The song was chosen by St Agnes' following the cancellation of its 2020 theatrical production of 'Top Hat' which was due to open back in March, just one week after the lockdown was officially announced.

Gareth McGreevy, chair of St Agnes' Committee, said: "This year has already been such a rollercoaster for everyone that we wanted to do something as a company to help bring people together and show our support for all the essential, key and frontline workers out there.

"We had been rehearsing since before Christmas for our big production of 'Top Hat', which was due to open on March 24, so the costumes and wigs had all arrived and we were ready to go.

"We have all really missed coming together regularly, so this has provided us with a fantastic project and cause that we can focus our energies on."

Gareth added: "There are so many charities and organisations that are facing difficult and uncertain times at the moment, with their usual streams of income heavily affected by the coronavirus pandemic. A number of our company members are also key workers, whether that's across the NHS, care or education sectors, so we wanted to give back in the only way that we know how - by singing!"

Jan Forrest, head of regional fundraising for Northern Ireland and Scotland at Macmillan, said: "We are incredibly grateful to St Agnes' for choosing to raise money on our behalf during this uncertain time.

"People living with cancer need Macmillan now more than ever and we are experiencing a huge demand for our services.

"Thank you to the Society for helping us to make sure that no one faces cancer alone."

The video of 'Thankful' was officially launched last night and can be viewed on Facebook page by searching for St Agnes' Choral Society.

A link for donations to Macmillan Cancer Support will also be available.

Belfast Telegraph