Singer Richard Hadfield has been entertaining thousands with his ‘Song A Day Keeps Corona Away’ videos.
Hadfield has been releasing performances every day for over two months on Instagram and YouTube and has set up a Crowdfunder campaign for a tour of live shows, from which half of profits will go to charities.
The performer first found fame as winner of Britain’s Got Talent with musical theatre vocal group Collabro and has since transitioned to a successful solo career, touring the world’s most prestigious jazz clubs.
His 80 daily videos have notched up an impressive 200,000 views, including a duet with himself singing The Confrontation from Les Misérables.
Hadfield set up a Crowdfunder campaign which would enable him to upgrade his home studio and was “completely blown away” by his supporters’ generosity as his initial £2,000 fundraising goal was surpassed within 12 hours.
Having been heartened and encouraged by donors’ comments about how much joy and comfort his music was bringing them during these difficult times, he was inspired to set a revised £10,000 fundraising goal.
If the target is met, Hadfield will be able to bring his music live to audiences on tour once venues reopen, and also to give back to the community by donating 50% of tour profits to charity (to be split between Music Minds Matter and Age UK).
For more information about Hadfield’s Crowdfunder campaign, which closes on 1 July, visit: https://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/song-a-day-keeps-corona-away.
He said: “I started recording my videos for ‘Song A Day Keeps Corona Away’ on 23 March, after fully recovering from Coronavirus myself. I was keen to battle the pandemic of loneliness and wanted to do something proactive which would both entertain people at home and allow me to bridge the gap in these isolated times.
"I’m really proud of the reach of the project, and the feedback of thousands of people who have enjoyed the series all over the world. Hopefully, I’ll be able to able to perform to many of them in person before long.”