Jamie Lenman Reveals Atmospheric Video For NHS Charity Single ‘Hospital Tree’
Revered Alt-Rock songwriter Jamie Lenman is pleased to reveal the video for his new charity single ‘Hospital Tree’ out now, the proceeds from which will go towards NHS Charities.
The track is the third single to be taken from his forthcoming fifth album, 'The Atheist', set for release on 25th November 2022 via Big Scary Monsters.
Coming t a time when the NHS is buckling under the strain of COVID fallout, understaffing, funding issues, and a national strike over nurses’ pay, the single is a timely reminder of the personal stories and people behind the vital public service, highlighting the length that staff go to for patients over even the smallest of details.
Commenting on the track, Lenman says:
“I ended up visiting Frimley Park Hospital, who treated me when I got pneumonia and took care of my Dad when he had cancer, to talk to them about the idea of Christmas in hospital. One lady said she was glad I'd noticed their efforts with things like decorations and such, that cheering the place up around the holidays is important to them, and that one of the things that made the pandemic even harder was that they weren't able to do as much of that. So it was wonderful that they could hear my message of thanks. I hope they all hear it.”
The single comes with a beautifully simplistic video directed by Jen Hingley that echoes the poignant lyrical themes of the song, which sees Lenman flexing his multi-instrumental muscles on a piano ballad in yet another impressive chameleonic turn.
“My original idea had been to get hold a huge choir and have everyone singing away in this whole epic production,”
says Lenman of the visuals,
“but I just couldn't get it together so we ended up going the other way—just me and a piano in a beautiful old village hall, really concentrating on the song and, of course, the tree.”