London Symphony Chorus to Pay Tribute to Health & Care Works Who Have Died During COVID-19 Crisis

By David Salazar
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The London Symphony Chorus has announced that it will launch a musical tribute to health and care workers who have died as a result of COVID-19.

The tribute, entitled “Never to Forget” is composed by Howard Goodall CBE and features a libretto comprised entirely of the names of the people it is honoring. Per a press release, the tribute currently includes over 300 names though the initial performance will pay tribute to 122.

Goodall has noted that he intends to continue developing the piece over time to continue paying tribute to those that have sacrificed during the times of the global pandemic.

“Unlike a stone memorial, though, this work will continue to grow and honor its fallen heroes, so the initial virtual recording is made up of the first 122 health and care workers who had died by April 25th of this year,” the composer noted. “By the same time in 2021, the piece will be expanded, and a version performed live that has all the names subsequently, tragically, added.”

The work will be premiered online on Sunday, July 5 at 10 a.m. GMT. You can watch it here.