Crossmaglen singer secures record deal with chart topping choir

April 11, 2016

A talented singer from Crossmaglen has secured a major record deal as part of a choir which was put together four years ago to take part in BBC television series, “The Choir: Sing while you work.”

Nora Smith was working as a Podiatrist in Lewisham in London in 2012 when she got the opportunity to take part in the unique BBC programme which saw renowned choirmaster, Gareth Malone, create and train amateur workplace-based choirs, ultimately to compete against one another.

Nora was no stranger to public performances, having had a regular spot in the marvellous Thursday night sessions in Keenan’s Bar in Crossmaglen and as a Junior “Scor” competitor with a Silverbridge Football Club singing group.  Her love of singing prompted her to audition for the Lewisham and Greenwich NHS  choir, which is made up of singers from every grade of staff – from consultants to junior doctors to nurses to physiotherapists to podiatrists and porters and everyone in between.

The choir became one of four created by Gareth Malone, with its development and progress charted on the series as each choir competed against one another.  The series culminated with stunning performances at the prestigious International Eisteddfo in LLangollen in Wales where the Lewisham choir narrowly missed out on winning the entire competition.  With their profile raised via the programme, the choir were later invited to make a single called “Bridge over You” which was a mash-up of Simon and Garfunkel’s ” Bridge over troubled water” and Coldplay’s “Fix You”.

In 2015, a  junior doctor in the choir decided to promote the single on social media in an effort to achieve a Christmas number 1 to draw attention to government cuts to the NHS.  The single was selling well and was competing with Justin Beiber for the number 1 spot. In an amazing show of support for the hospital staff, Beiber even tweeted his fans, urging them to buy the Lewisham choir’s single. The single went on to sell over 130,000 copies, with all proceeds donated to health charities.

The single has been included on the” Now 93″ compilation album, which is currently at No. 1 in the album charts and, on the back of their chart topping success, the Lewisham choir have secured a record deal from Decca records to produce an album of their own.

Local fans of Nora Smith will be pleased to hear that her solo track from the forthcoming album will be released soon to promote the Lewisham Choir’s album.