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Wickhambrook composer and businessman releases a charity song to raise money for NHS staff

Inspired by the selflessness of a neighbour, the owner of a music publishing business has set out to raise as much money as he can for NHS staff who are helping coronavirus patients.

Simon Webb, a renowned composer and musician with television, West End and movie work on his CV, is the owner of Music for Sport, a supplier of music to sports broadcasters worldwide for almost 30 years.

The current pandemic has hit his business hard, but with more time on his hands Simon decided to do something to help others by launching a fund-raising appeal, the proceeds of which will go towards helping NHS staff.

Simon Webb playing on 'Mrs Mills Piano' at Abbey Road Studios. The piano was used on The Beatles song, Lady Madonna. Contributed picture
Simon Webb playing on 'Mrs Mills Piano' at Abbey Road Studios. The piano was used on The Beatles song, Lady Madonna. Contributed picture

In Another World, a song performed by his band, The Powwow Rock Orchestra, and one for which he wrote both the music and the lyrics is available to buy HERE

Simon, who lives in Wickhambrook, said he was inspired by the decision taken by his neighbour, a midwife with two young daughters who had been teaching midwifery at a university for the last couple of years, to go back to working in a hospital to help victims of the coronavirus.

He said: “Her husband said that she expected to get the virus, and that he expected that the whole family would probably get it. But that his wife felt it was her duty.

“The similarities with the young men going to war in the trenches in 1914 immediately struck me.

“This is an act of supreme bravery. I resolved to do something myself with my team at Music For Sport.

“And this is it. With this coronavirus appeal, we are going to raise as much money as we can for the people like my neighbour and their families.”

Simon has contacted representatives of radio shows, including household names Tony Blackburn and Ken Bruce, to try to get the song national airplay time.

He has also seen his fund-raising idea be well received early on.

“We’ve made £1,000 in five days, that was our original target, so we have doubled that to £2,000,” he said.

“The remarkable thing is that I’m finding nobody is saying no because it is such a good idea. Everyone is facilitating it which is brilliant.”

Simon has also got Anthea Beeks, who has just retired from running Silverline, Esther Rantzen’s charity for the elderly, on board as an adviser, and he said: “She said ‘treat every donation, whether its £200 or £2, as a triumph’.”

The Powwow Rock Orchestra consists of:

- Robert Hart(Bad Company/Manfred Mann's Earth Band) - vocals

- Emma Pears (Singing Nation) - vocals

- Simon Webb (Andy Taylor Band with Bernard Edwards and Tony Thompson) - vocals/keyboards

- Bernie Marsden (Whitesnake) - electric guitar

- Jay Stapley (Mike Oldfield / Westernhagen) - acoustic guitar

- Jimmy Copley (Jeff Beck / Tears For Fears) - drums

- Simon Edwards (Talk Talk) - bass

- Al Stewart (George Michael Band) - bass clarinet

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