NHS music video
Harriet was also involved in several musical development projects throughout her time at Plymouth, many of which occurred during the COVID-19 pandemic. One key project that Harriet led on was the NHS project, working in collaboration with the Emergency Team at Derriford Hospital.
The project involved creating a music video featuring NHS staff singing to ‘Lean on Me’. A number of students, including Harriet, recorded the backing instruments and vocals, which were later edited into an inspiring and moving video of doctors and nurses from Derriford’s Accident & Emergency department singing to the popular track. The video has surpassed 24,000 views on YouTube and helped to keep people’s spirits up in a time of instability, fear and loneliness for many.
“My mum works in the NHS so it was important to me. If I could make the staff’s lives better and if they could feel happy... I was actually working at a GP surgery at the time because it was so overrun with paperwork and stuff, you could just see it every day, how stressed people were, it’s mentally taxing when you’re doing your best but it’s still not enough. So, there wasn’t a question in my brain of ‘will I do this?’, it’s not about getting paid for things like this, it’s more about the emotional validation that you get from doing something nice.” Harriet Drury, University of Plymouth BA (Hons) Music graduate