The Show Must Go On – Hampshire Music Service channels Queen rock anthem to sum up lockdown resilience

Empty spaces, what are we living for? Abandoned places, I guess we know the score, on and on Does anybody know what we are looking for?

Mar 2 2021

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Those words from the Queen classic The Show Must Go On have been reinterpreted by music teachers from Hampshire Music Service (HMS) to reflect their feelings about teaching for the past year under pandemic conditions – and their video version is now available online for all to enjoy.

Councillor Roz Chadd, Hampshire County Council’s Executive Member for Education and Skills, said:
“The show must go on really sums up the attitude of our dedicated and talented Music Service staff and teachers. They have kept up virtual lessons for a whole year now, but at last are looking forward to resuming face-to-face teaching from 8 March as schools reopen.

“Everyone who has seen it has been absolutely blown away by the passion and quality of this performance, and I’d like to personally thank Hampshire Music Service – along with all our Hampshire teachers – for continuing to find innovative ways to engage with their pupils while normal schooling has been disrupted.”

The uplifting anthem was the idea of Helen Walton, Assistant Head of HMS, in order to showcase the talents of her colleagues and as a launch for the HMS exciting new primary school rock project, Rock2TheBeat, and was recorded individually by 23 singers and musicians from across Hampshire, and compiled by music teacher Greg Walker.

The video, which can be viewed here was created with permission of the songwriter, Queen guitarist Brian May.

It follows other mass musical collaborations produced remotely by Hampshire Music Service over the past few months, including school pupils performing This is Me from The Greatest Showman and a 100th birthday tribute to the late Captain Tom Moore