The memorial song 'Grenfell from Today' has been released as an expression of remembrance and solidarity for those affected by Grenfell Tower Fire. Ideas for the song came from charity Cornwall Hugs Grenfell, which has arranged over 250 respite holidays to Grenfell survivors and firefighters. The music is by Philip Stopford, the lyrics by Andrew Longfield and it is performed by the choristers of Truro Cathedral Choir, directed by Christopher Gray. The sheet music available free to download for schools and choirs to join their voices in an act of nation-wide musical solidarity.
Christopher Gray, Director of Music at Truro Cathedral says ’When the new song arrived from Philip Stopford you could feel the instant engagement the choristers had with both words and music.’‘They had a hushed focus as they digested the message of the song which implores us to listen, to learn and to love. Philip Stopford has cleverly crafted a song with beautiful melodies in a range which is very singable for school and community choirs and I can really imagine them responding with similar emotional connection. Working with Esmé Page, Philip Stopford, Andrew Longfield, Paul Caddis, Mike Davey and the choristers to create and record the song has been a privilege – the love, respectfulness and sensitivity of everyone involved has been inspiring, and I hope it comes over in the end result.”
Dean of Truro, Roger Bush adds "the beautiful song written by Philip Stopford and Andrew Longford represents so many precious things – resilience, hope, community and above all, love. We are truly honoured that the cathedral choir was able to play a part in the creation of this special musical memorial. Through the work that Cornwall Hugs Grenfell carries out, Cornwall continues to open its heart and arms to those families and emergency services personnel involved in the horror that was the terrible fire that engulfed Grenfell, and we are pleased and privileged to support that.”
Visit Cornwall Hugs Grenfell website to find out more and to see and hear 'Grenfell from Today'.