Coronavirus: Willesden Green composer releases Stand by Me orchestral video in aid of Masks for NHS Heroes
PUBLISHED: 12:37 01 May 2020 | UPDATED: 12:37 01 May 2020
A Willesden Green composer has gathered 73 international musicians to release an isolation video, with all proceeds going to NHS staff.
Michael Amadi, founder of One Orchestra and son of an A&E nurse, has arranged Stand By Me to raise money for Masks for NHS Heroes.
The 28-year-old organised the project to “lift spirits, promote solidarity and encourage positivity amongst musicians too”.
One Orchestra’s video features 73 musicians from more than 30 countries including Moldova, Belarus and Iran, who recorded their parts remotely in their homes.
Mr Amadi whose mother is an A&E nurse working in Florence, Italy, said: “I decided to donate all the proceeds of One Orchestra so that people like my Mum can be supported and have everything that they need to help save lives.”
He said he wanted to create something to tell people that everyone is “together in this”.
“In the beginning i didn’t know what to do but then I figured many people would be in the same situation.
“So I wanted to find a way of still being creative, involve people and show the world that we can still keep going, still be creative especially at a time like this, when we can all support one another a little bit more and feel closer to other people.”
He composed the arrangement and for the orchestral part sent over the scores and people played it.
“They sent me a video of what they played and I extracted the audio, put it together and built the track,” he said.
“I did the same for the choir part, so I sounded the song myself and sent the track to other singers, saying add whatever you want. They sent the video back, I took the audio and put it together and that’s the result.”
Mr Amadi has been living in Brent since he moved to London five years ago, first in Kensal Rise, then Harlesden and now Willesden Green. “It’s a song that reminds us of the message to stand by each other and help each other out at this time,” he said.
Download the song on the website www.oneorchestra.one for £1.99 with all proceeds going directly to Masks for NHS Heroes.
It is also available on the One Orchestra Instagram, Youtube and Facebook (@oneorchestra_).
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