A cover of ‘Bridge Over Troubled Waters’ by staff from an NHS hospital in North Wales has received the seal of approval from the songs original composer, Paul Simon.

With the current coronavirus pandemic, everyone is trying to find positive ways to show appreciation for our NHS staff members.

From rainbows in windows to the ‘Clap for Carers’ campaign, we all want to show support for the 1.3 million people working on the frontline during this pandemic.

Recently, members of staff from an emergency NHS hospital in Llandudno, North Wales, have recorded a cover of the 1970 classic, ‘Bridge Over Troubled Waters’.

The cover went viral and has now won approval from the legendary singer-songwriter Paul Simon.

NHS cover of ‘Bridge Over Troubled Waters’

The staff and key workers from an NHS hospital in Llandudno, North Wales, have produced a beautiful cover of ‘Bridge Over Troubled Waters’, the 1970 classic from Simon and Garfunkel.

Local musicians Manon Llwyd and John Williams volunteered to lead the project as artistic directors and producers.

“We would like to thank all of the performers for sharing their talents and to Venue Cymru for great teamwork and for trusting us in our work and to Paul Simon for his beautiful song and his support,” said Llwyd.

Not only does the video feature NHS doctors and nurses, but the construction workers who have helped transform the Venue Cymru into an emergency hospital.

General manager of the venue, Sarah Ecob added: “We can’t wait to get back to shows and events but in the meantime we will continue to support the amazing health and support staff working at Ysbyty Enfys.”

The Rainbow Hospital

In addition to their own rendition of the ‘Bridge Over Troubled Waters’ classic, the hospital has been renamed to Ysbyty Enfys, which is Welsh for Rainbow Hospital.

Photo by Matthew Horwood/Getty Images

Seal of approval from Paul Simon

The video has been viewed by thousands of people across the world and has even reached the ears of the song’s original composer, Paul Simon.

On Wednesday, Simon reposted the video to his own Facebook page with the caption: “Here is an extraordinary performance of ‘Bridge Over Troubled Water’ by the brave men and women from NHS in honour of the Llandudno’s Venue Cymru, which has been turned into a temporary coronavirus hospital.”

The legendary singer goes onto describe the renaming of the venue to Ysbyty Enfys is “a symbol for hope.”

The video message also features performer and broadcaster Jools Holland as well as Welsh Hollywood actors Mathew Rhys and Rhys Ifans.

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