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Railway flash mob releases charity single

A choral flash mob that went viral with a performance of ‘Lean on Me’ at Christmas has released a charity single.

Known as ‘Voices for Railway Children’, the group of 80 rail staff met at a London recording studio to produce and release the feel good anthem in time for ‘Blue Monday’ on January 21.

The song was produced by James Hawkins, the man behind Britain’s Got Talent’s Missing People Choir. He said: “Everyone who has been touched by this project – whether singers, travellers or social media viewers – have been uplifted by it.

“When you hear our railway singers reaching in song to cheer up those in their care, you can’t help but smile. We hope that everyone will get behind the release and help us bring a bit of cheer to Blue Monday.”

Click the thumbnail above to buy the charity single through iTunes.
Click the thumbnail above to buy the charity single through iTunes.

All profits from the single will go to Railway Children. Katie Mason, the charity’s events manager, added: “We were totally overwhelmed by the amazing response to our flash mob which has helped raise awareness of the work we are doing across the UK immensely.

“It was such great fun to be part of and quite emotional for everyone involved so when we were asked to record it, we jumped at the chance. It’s just lovely to see the whole rail community coming together like this for something so positive and uplifting. Next stop number one!”

Voices for Railway Children is made up of companies from: Southeastern, Hitachi, Bechtel, Rock Rail, Mindtree, the Rail Delivery Group, Virgin Trains, Network Rail, Transport for London, GB Railfreight, Go Ahead Group, the British Transport Police and East Midlands Trains.

To download the charity single, head to: itunes.apple.com/gb/album/lean-on-me-single/1449514643

Video: Commuters couldn’t help but join in with a heart-warming rendition of Bill Withers’ ‘Lean On Me’ when the flash mob of station staff, police officers and charity workers burst into song at London Bridge station before Christmas.


Read more: How rail staff spread festive cheer this Christmas


 

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