NHS “Bridge Over Troubled Water” performance praised by Paul Simon

Paul Simon hailed "brave" health workers responding to the coronavirus pandemic.

The singer and songwriter republished a video of the “extraordinary” performance, in which workers from the United Kingdom’s National Health Service (NHS) perform a choral cover of the song in English and Welsh, on his Facebook page Wednesday.

The video pays tribute to the staff of Venue Cymru in Llandudno, north Wales, who was converted from a theater to a field hospital to treat coronavirus patients in the area.

The field hospital, created to face the coronavirus pandemic, has been renamed “Ysbyty Enfys”, which is Welsh for “Rainbow Hospital”.

Musician, pianist and TV presenter Jools Holland opens the performance on his piano, paying tribute to “all the extraordinary people of the NHS and the brilliant people who work to support them in North Wales”.

Welsh actors Matthew Rhys and Rhys Ifans also star in the video to thank healthcare professionals.

The video, which includes NHS staff, construction workers and the staff chorus of the Council of Conwy singing in English and Welsh, shows pictures of the construction of the field hospital.

It has been viewed over 250,000 times since it was published by Simon.

“Here is an extraordinary performance of” Bridge Over Trouble Water “by brave men and women of the NHS in honor of the Venym Cymru of Llandudno, which has been transformed into a temporary hospital for coronaviruses,” wrote Simon on Facebook.

“During this process, the facility was renamed Ysbyty Enfys, who is Welsh for Rainbow Hospital, as a symbol of hope,” he added.


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