Music producer, Nick Hogarth, currently being treated for cancer at Kingston Hospital in South West London has teamed up with his nurse and a Kingston Hospital choir to release a Christmas single to raise money for Kingston Hospital Charity.
Known for writing for singers including Mark Almond from Soft Cell, the idea came to Nick while he was being treated for M.D.S, a form of bone marrow cancer which requires lengthy isolated stays in hospital to receive chemotherapy.
After being diagnosed in January 2023 and finding out he would need to be hospitalised for months, Nick took a music keyboard and laptop with him to hospital so he could compose music in the long hours alone.
Nick says: “The idea to compose a song for Kingston Hospital Charity just came to me one day having received such great care from the hospital staff, as I suffered some horrible side effects from the chemotherapies.
“The bedroom and ensuite bathroom I spent my isolation in for six months had recently been upgraded and modernised with charitable monies. This definitely helped make it easier to live each day, while being cared for by a team who were always helpful and supportive.
“I remembered a song I had written with a co-writer many years ago which had never been released entitled ‘This Heart Beats Only For You’. So, I found the song in my files and worked on it remotely with Aggy, a Trainee Nursing Associate who was caring for me at the hospital and who is a singer.”
Nick approached Kingston Hospital Charity in October to ask if they could provide a choir to record the chorus and backing vocals for the track. The track is now available to download on Kingston Hospital Charity’s website for the suggested donation of £0.99 at Kingston Hospital Charity | Homepage (khc.org.uk)
Flutist Norda Mullen from the 60s rock band the Moody Blues has also recorded a flute section which has been mixed in with the track.