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David Schofield has recorded a version of ‘Somewhere Over The Rainbow’, dedicated to the victims of the terrorist attack in Tunisia in June.
All proceeds from the charity single, released today, will go to The Red Cross.
Schofield was in a hotel right next to where a gunman, now identified as Seifeddine Rezgui, opened fire on holidaymakers at the Port Al Kantoui resort in Tunisia, killing 38 people:
“On Friday 26th June, I was in Tunisia staying at the Royal Kenz hotel with my girlfriend. We were sunbathing by the pool at our hotel (about 200 metres from the beach) when staff started to usher us inside. We started to make our way towards the hotel when a grenade went off.”
“We were able to get on one of the first flights back to the UK and since landing have wanted to help in some way. Being a concert pianist, I didn’t really know what I could do. After some thought I decided to record a charity single, ‘Somewhere Over the Rainbow’.”
“Over the Rainbow is an absolutely beautiful piece of music that is full of hope. Personally, I find the piece very emotional so hope it will offer some comfort or release to those affected by the attacks.”
You can hear a clip from the single right now: