Singing across the world

Two Wells musicians have turned a bitter disappointment into a multinational uplift with their new single.

Called Don’t Worry by The Portraits, it was recorded with 30 individual performances in 25 different self-isolated locations across the world.

Married couple Lorraine and Jeremy Millington are members and songwriters of The Portraits and on April 18 were booked to perform at the Kronendal Music Academy in Cape Town, South Africa and make a studio recording of a song with the children, then perform an evening concert all together. 

But it was all cancelled because of the coronavirus pandemic.
The song the Millingtons had written for the children is called Stand Tall and based around Nelson Mandela’s quote: “Do not judge me by my successes, judge me by how many times I fell down and got back up again.”

“We were heartbroken not to be going,” said Jeremy. “But we’re saving the song for them whenever we can go, maybe this time next year.

“We’ve raised funds for the school and planned to deliver them in person, but have wired the money over instead.

“So in the void left by the South African concert cancellation, we decided to write another uplifting song for these troubling times we’re living through, and hence Don’t Worry was born.”

The cast of musicians and friends sang and played their hearts out from coronavirus confinement in their bedrooms, living rooms and gardens. Don’t Worry the song will be released on iTunes, Spotify and other digital platforms on May 1st.

“We were so fortunate that everyone who we asked agreed to perform and did so with huge gusto and style,” said Jeremy.

A full score and guide track was transmitted through the internet to all the players via Dropbox, and the 30 individual performances were returned digitally within three days for Jeremy to unite all the recordings in his home studio.

The Portraits folk band have performed at six Glastonbury Festivals and were due back there this June.