February 11, 2021
Young musicians from award-winning charity World Heart Beat Music Academy, Wandsworth have come together online this Valentine’s Day with its lockdown version of Stevie Wonder’s inspirational Love’s In Need Of Love Today.
The music video features 105 young vocalists, plus flutes, violins, saxophones, trumpets, trombones, Tabla players and entire rhythm sections, who have come together remotely to help share the need for love and to help lift spirits in light of the continued lockdown.
Young musicians from Wandsworth sent in their home recordings which were arranged and mixed by eminent bassist and producer, Nick Cohen, and edited by film composer, Michael Csanyi-Wills at World Heart Beat Music Academy.
Tune into worldheartbeat.org at 9.30am this Valentine’s Day to see the full video performance.
The poignant track was chosen to remind us all that during these unprecedented times of loss and separation from our loved ones, love is the answer in helping us keep optimistic for brighter days ahead.
Sahana Gero, MBE Founder and Artistic Director said: “In this hugely inspirational song, Love’s in Need of Love Today, Stevie Wonder’s message to the world is clear; love is needed to help heal the world. We wanted to perform this ‘lockdown interpretation’ to bring love, empathy and the feeling of oneness to all in our community and to wish everyone a Happy Valentine’s Day. Love embodies humanity’s universal aspiration for peace and oneness and gives us an avenue to express our hopes and dreams for a better, brighter future across the world.”
The continued lockdown has been very difficult for everyone, particularly children, young people and musicians. The young musicians at World Heart Beat, many of whom are from disadvantaged backgrounds, have been missing the academy which is like a second home for them.
World Heart Beat is supporting young people, particularly those living in challenging circumstances, with online music making and social sessions funded by its Global Giving BE THERE campaign to help maintain a sense of purpose, self-worth, and identity.