No dry eye: 100 hospital staff and patients sing out the Covid year

No dry eye: 100 hospital staff and patients sing out the Covid year


norman lebrecht

December 23, 2020

The NHS King’s College Hospital performance of ‘O Holy Night’ is one of the most moving codas you’ll fnd anywhere to this disturbing Covid year.

It includes a clip from Isle of Wight Symphony Orchestra violinist Dagmar Turner who underwent wide-awake brain surgery in February. Her piano accompanist is the surgeon Professor Keyoumars Ashkan.

Heroes, all.



  • Elizabeth Owen says:

    Thank you so much Norman, I’m crying!!!!!

  • R. Brite says:

    This is beautifully done, and indeed did not leave me dry-eyed. A bit more info here:

  • David says:

    Well, that just makes me happy and hopeful.

    [No, that’s not a tear, go away.]

  • Christopher Clift says:

    I was in bits listening to this – and I really DO prefer this arrangement (and performance) to the one I listened to on Spotify recently featuring Luciano Pavarotti – good though his version was!

  • DG says:

    Bravo to all healthcare workers, you deserve all the applause in the world! My favorite O Holy Night rendition has always been Leontyne Price’s, available on YouTube for your listening pleasure.

  • Keyoumars Ashkan (professor of neurosurgery) says:

    Thank you so much for the kind comments. The aim is to raise as much money for NHS as possible and lift the morale