(formerly Trust Harmonix)
Breathe Harmony is the staff choir of Guy’s & St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust.
Established by Breathe Arts Health Research in 2017 and led by esteemed choir leader Mike King, Breathe Harmony was established to give staff a creative outlet to help combat stress, to promote health and wellbeing through singing and to create a sense of community amongst NHS colleagues who may not necessarily encounter each other in their day-to-day work.
Breathe Harmony is a non-auditioned choir with members coming from a range of health disciplines including – Doctors, nurses and health care assistants, scientific staff, therapists, administrators and support staff, students and volunteers.
Hospitals can be quite stressful so it’s nice to be able to come and relax, get things off your chest. But what’s great about it is that everyone is on an equal footing no one really knows if they’re a consultant or a nurse… it's all about bringing unity to the Trust.
Mike King, Choir Leader
The choir has high ambitions with a repertoire covering a variety of contemporary pop, soul, R&B and jazz and to date the choir has performed at venues including Southbank Centre, Brunel Museum and Greenwich Theatre.
Breathe Harmony is welcoming new members!
The Breathe Harmony choir is recruiting new members to join our regular online Zoom rehearsals on Monday evenings. We sing a variety of adapted pop and soul classics, giving staff a creative outlet, helping to combat stress and improve wellbeing through singing. There are no auditions and the choir is open to all Guy’s and St Thomas’s NHS staff. We would especially like to encourage male voices to sign up.
Watch our short films about the Breathe Harmony NHS choir below:
There is now this huge focus on mental health and wellbeing in the workplace. Employers are starting to promote the idea that you should do something that makes you feel better. For me the choir is a safe place to be, a very inspiring place.
Breathe Harmony Member
Breathe Harmony during COVID-19
Anytime you need a Friend: Global message of solidarity from NHS choir
Members of Breathe Harmony created an international recording of Mariah Carey’s ‘Anytime You Need a Friend’ in partnership with Musical Director Mike King and MyCool Music Foundation, bringing singers together to show their appreciation for the NHS amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.
The project attracted over 100 musicians and singers from across the world with participants from the UK, USA, Barbados, Canada, Italy, Spain, Poland, South Africa, Australia, France, Belgium and Greece. These individuals have joined together through weekly virtual rehearsals to improve wellbeing/reduce stress, submitting individual home recordings on their mobile phones, to create a global message of solidarity. Produced by Musical Director, Mike King who has worked with some of the most famous musical artists in the world, including Mark Ronson, Florence and the Machine and Boy George.
Watch and listen below:
As always Breathe Harmony and singing has added a little bit of light to my life, something which is particularly needed during these dark times of uncertainty. I hope this song and video spreads that light to everyone else that watches it.
Fionnuala Donovan, Guy's and St Thomas' Highly Specialist Neurophysiotherapist and Breathe Harmony member