AN Ealing  composer has defied COVID restrictions to bring musicians together online and arrange a charity single aimed at the classical music charts. 

Dominic Sewell, a composer, orchestrator and lecturer at the London College of Music, part of the University of West London, directed musicians across Europe in remote sessions to reverse engineer the new single by Classic FM favourite Cai Thomas. 

The single was released on the Rubican Classics Label. Dominic said: “Working remotely, I was able to instruct musicians as if I were in the studio with them. Lockdown is forcing us to use technology in innovative ways that will change the industry for decades to come.”

The single features the Up North Session Orchestra on strings, Amy Turk on harp and the St Thomas-on-The-Bourne choir from Farnham – the place where Cai originally learnt to sing.  

All royalties from the single will be donated to Robbie’s Rehab, a children’s brain tumour charity.