An Australian Scrub Choir is closing out 2021 with a special initiative to unite healthcare workers across the globe.
The Royal Melbourne Hospital's (RMH) Scrub Choir is spreading some joy admist the fight against COVID-19 by collaborating with healthcare workers around the world to launch Scrub Choir Plus.
Following on from their previous releases and success of Count on Me, I'll Stand by You, We Wish You and Gratitude the Scrub Choir is back with a slightly different twist - and more than 900 healthcare workers from across the United Kingdom, Ireland, Norway and Japan are along for the ride.
Head of RMH Music Therapy and Scrub Choir, Dr Emma O'Brien said she was humbled by the opportunity to collaborate with her international colleagues.
"Scrub Choir is a way for us all to connect virtually and to use the power of music for our own mental health and wellbeing," Dr O'Brien said.
"I invited our colleagues from around the globe to join us by signing, playing and sending messages of support to one another.
"I was overwhelmed by the amount of interest there was."
Scrub Choir Plus received more than 1000 submissions for its new arrangement of two colossal classics, Bob Thiele and George DavidWeiss' What a Wonderful World and Ben E King, Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller's hit Stand by Me .
Scrub Choir Plus has brought international colleagues together to connect, unwind and find moments of joy together while continuing to fight COVID-19 on the frontline.
"I work on a large intensive care unit in Leicestershire, UK and the last 18 months (and counting) have been tough," said Glenfield Hospital's Deputy Charge Nurse, Mark Harding.
"Every one of us have been through some of the most challenging times in our careers, and this collaboration has allowed us to come together and release some of those emotions.
"I love how music brings people together."
Dr O'Brien echoed Mr Harding's sentiment.
"That's the power of music," she said.