Ex-Tring Park student records charity single inspired by lockdown

Living Magazines Joshua Shea

A former student of Tring Park School for the Performing Arts put pen to paper during lockdown to write a song that was inspired by the number of rainbow tributes to the NHS that he saw on his daily bike rides with his mum Liz.

Joshua Shea, who played the young Newt in Fantastic Beasts the crimes of Grindelwald and graduated from Tring Park School this year, enlisted the help of friend and playwright Karen Forbes-Ewing to shape the lyrics of ‘Can You See the Rainbow?’

Living Magazines Lydia SingerHe then worked with former Tring Park student Lydia Singer to record the lead vocals.

Joshua and Lydia were both members of the Tring Park 16, who won the BBC Songs of Praise Young Choir of the Year award in 2019, and also sing on the single.

International conductor David Lawrence arranged the choir for the single. Young producer, Olly Scott, a recent graduate of Chetham’s school of music produced the song single and Dominic Ferris, West End producer, was executive producer.

Money raised from the single, which was released earlier this month, will be donated to three charities: Kairos Arts, which promotes and facilitates therapeutic arts workshops, NHS Charities Together and Sir Norman Lamb’s Mental Health and Wellbeing Fund, which underpins the work of Norfolk Community Foundation.