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The Hour of the Blackbird - Lock-Down Collaboration

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Fear. Uncertainty. Loneliness. Lack of sleep. Anxiety. The absence of face-to-face conversations.


Coronavirus is not only taking a toll on our physical health; it is also causing a massive strain on many people’s mental health – people of all ages and all backgrounds. Recent surveys show anxiety and isolation are already affecting the public, with charities also expressing concern that people are struggling to get the support they need. 


With a May concert together postponed due to coronavirus, Ninebarrow, Hart Voices and the Chantry Singers decided they wanted to do something to help support the fight against this emerging mental health crisis and so recorded a lock-down collaboration in aid of the charity, Mind.

Mind is a mental health charity that believes no one should have to face a mental health problem alone. They're there for everyone. Today. Now. Whether you’re stressed, depressed or in crisis. They'll listen, give support and advice, and fight your corner.


Enjoy the video, download the track for free and, if you feel able to, make a donation to a very worthy cause via our Just Giving page.


If you can share word of this fundraising campaign with others – by email or by social media, we’d be so grateful.


Together, we think we’ll be able to make a real difference.

The Hour of the Blackbird Lyrics


The afternoon both calm and still

The hedgerow bare beneath the hill

Above the oak tree’s lofty frame

Heavy clouds that threaten rain


But below that lonely darksome gloom

The early daffodils in bloom

From the holly bush above the throng

He greets them with his vernal song


From the other trees across the dell

A choir of voices starts to swell

And banish now the thought of rain

And hail the robin, King again!

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Registered charity in England & Wales 219830


Come and join us for our next online concert! 

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