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Chris Difford’s Song Club Album Inspired by Frontline Photos Taken by NHS Nurse

About a month ago we shared what some believe to be the most moving musical tribute the NHS to come out of the current crisis. ‘Working on the Frontline‘ by Jessie and The Leonards was the single taken from the album ‘Song Club‘ put together to raise funds for the RCN Foundation, a charity whose purpose is to support and strengthen nursing to improve the health and wellbeing of the public

Song Club‘ is an album of songs by award-winning songwriters – including Nick Heyward, Graham Gouldman, Beth Nielsen Chapman, Mark Nevin and more – that celebrate frontline nurses is available now. Curated by Squeeze co-founder Chris Difford, the Song Club album is inspired by photographs taken by Hannah Grace Deller, a nurse on the front line.

In addition to being a paediatric matron Hannah is a talented photographer who, throughout the Covid-19 pandemic, has been documenting her and her colleagues’ experiences. When Hannah’s photographic work was featured on the Channel 4 programme ‘Grayson’s Art Club’, it grabbed the attention of the Squeeze co-founder and Grammy nominated and double Ivor Novello Award winning lyricist.

If you missed our earlier article – check out ‘Working on the Frontline‘ here:

I first saw Hannah’s photography on Grayson Perry’s Channel Four program ‘Art Club’. Lockdown provided some great TV moments and this was one of them. Inspired by her work I asked all of my co-writing chums to use her photographs as inspiration for songwriting. Together we have created a body of work to raise funds for the frontline workers, it has been so inspiring to hear the results

Chris Difford

Difford’s co-writing chums are a host ofworld-class, award-winning songwriters – including Nick Heyward, Graham Gouldman, Beth Nielsen Chapman, Mark Nevin, Julia Fordham, Robert Vincent, Judie Tzuke, Kimmie Rhodes, Judith Owen and Kathryn Williams – who have used their time in lockdown to document a poignant moment in time.

The album also features single ‘For Us’, performed by Judie Tzuke. Remotely co-written by Judie Tzuke and Gregor Philp, ‘For Us’ is the second single released from ‘Chris Difford’s Song Club’. Written with songwriter and Deacon Blue Guitarist Gregor Philp, with whom Judie had wanted to work for a while, the track came together via Zoom sessions and over email in what Judie described as, “a greatly received opportunity.” Listen here:https://slinky.to/SongClubForUs

I hope that the voices of all the unsung heroes, their efforts and sacrifices are heard in this music. For me this record is a thank you to all my colleagues on the frontline, from the porters & domestics, to the doctors and nurses, I’ll never forget how we all stood side-by-side on the frontline fighting this illness together.

Hannah Grace Deller, matron paediatrics, Imperial College NHS Trust