Remember the 3m you forgot, Chancellor!
A video choir of more than 100 singers representing the three million believed to have been left out of the government’s lockdown safeguard funding has released a song via Facebook directed at Chancellor Rishi Sunak.
In a parody of the Les Miserables aria One Day More, the online choir – whose members have never met – respond to the Chancellor’s declaration that “We will make sure no-one is left behind during this period of national crisis”.
They reply: “One more day all on our own; Will we ever work again? One more day with him not caring; I have paid my taxes too…
The video has been put together by two members of ExcludedUK, a volunteer-run non-profit community group set up five months ago to represent those, many of them arts workers, left out of the financial rescue arrangements set up by Sunak at the outset of the Covid emergency.
ExcludedUK members Kate Cameron, a music teacher from Glasgow, and Melody Schroeder, a London-based actor and scriptwriter, have never met bt8 worked closely online to produce the four minute piece. They were helped by other ExcludedUK members David Lawrence (musical director), Steve Woods (video editor), Tom Smith and Ross Cameron (sound engineers).
“The ExcludedUK community has been a saviour to me and putting this song and video together has given me a focus and a reason to get up in the morning. It’s been an amazing experience” said Cameron.
The arts have been particularly badly hit by the pandemic, with many performers - singers, musicians, dancers, actors, as well as curators, producers and technicians struggling financially after seeing their work literally dry up overnight. “I was really struggling with my mental health too” said Schroeder “and I am so grateful that I met Kate through the Facebook group and I’m so inspired by all the amazing people in the ExcludedUK choir and proud of what we have created.”