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Lean On Me: School sets up ‘virtual choir’ during coronavirus closure

12 June, 2020 — By Helen Chapman

A CHOIR made up of teachers, parents and students from a school in Swiss Cottage have created a rendition of Bill Withers’ Lean On Me to bring each other together during lockdown.

Like schools across the borough, the UCL Academy in Adelaide Road has been closed to the majority of students since the government announced the lockdown on March 23.

Teachers, students, parents and carers have remained in regular communication throughout but have missed the usual face-to-face contact of school life.

Stephen Davies, a performance coach from UCL Academy, said: “As soon as the UCL Academy had to close its gates due to the Covid-19 outbreak, we came to the decision that it would be important to bring the UCL Academy family together by doing a videos. I sent out the materials needed to record and began receiving everyone’s videos. It was so good to see everyone’s reactions and keen attitudes towards this project.

“It was a pleasure to put together, and I can only hope that doing videos puts a smile on as many people’s faces as possible.”

He added: “I think the song choice conveys an important message during these testing times, as well as leaving an important message to students – not to worry, to stay safe and that we are all looking forward to seeing them again as soon as possible.”

The school, sponsored by the university in Bloomsbury, opened in 2012 and now has more than 1,000 students.

You can watch the video on the UCL Academy website.

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