Lucy Crowe, a fantastic opera singer who has performed eight lead roles at the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden, will be performing once again at Whipps Cross Hospital on Friday 17 July. This is following the success of her first performance at the hospital and due to the heart-warming response she has received.
Lucy and her husband Joe are professional musicians who decided they wanted to give something back to the community during the Covid-19 pandemic. And what better way to do this than to use their exceptional musical talents?
They began by singing to their street during the lockdown and would sing every night. Their neighbours started asking if the couple could perform for their birthdays and they of course happily obliged. They sang for a lady named Paula whose husband, Frank Charles, has completed a lot of work to support Whipps Cross Hospital during the pandemic through the Frank Charles Give a Gift Appeal.
The connection was made and Lucy was invited to sing for staff and patients at Whipps Cross. She said of her first performance: “As musicians we know just how important and magical music is, how it has the power to transport people to a better mental space and provide some comfort in difficult times. We wanted to provide all those at Whipps; patients, doctors, staff and visitors alike with a little brightness. Whatever your individual reality of lockdown, we all respond to live music given half a chance but sadly there’s not a lot of it around right now. We hope those who heard us enjoyed it as much as we did. A big thank you to Frank Charles for making it happen - we hope you’ll have us back again.’
And we will! Staff and patients can join Lucy in the garden between Peace and Victory wards (weather permitting – otherwise the day room) on Friday 17 July at 1pm. Social distancing will be observed.