A video of three choirs performing an emotional rendition of Cold Play’s ‘Fix You’ in Southampton has gone viral online - and encouraged viewers to open up about depression.
The flash mob, which featured Sing Now Choir who regularly meet in Fareham, surprised shoppers in Southampton’s West Quay shopping centre.
A video of the performance was posted by Dan Cooper Music on Facebook and has since been viewed almost 400,000 times. It also featured singers from Love Soul Choir and SingForce.
The video shows a lone piano player and singer unexpectedly start to perform the song before other members of the choirs came forward from within the crowd to join in.
Shoppers were visibly moved by the performance and director of Sing Now Choir, Jack White, said the song had struck an emotional chord with many online also.
‘The most moving thing is that people have connected with the song and opened up about their difficult time they may be going through like depression or suffering from a loss and it’s given them inspiration and a smile!’
He said it was the first time the group had performed in a flash mob and the huge reaction had taken them by surprise.
‘Each day we find out that it’s been seen in another part of the world and our singers keep getting asked if they were part of the video in their staff rooms everyday.’
In an interview at the end of the video, choir leader Dan Cooper, who is a professional singer and vocal coach, said the performance was about bringing people together.
‘I think we can always do more to feel connected to one another,’ he said.
‘Especially with the use of phones and technology, you’re always isolated to your own life and your own world.
‘But something like that, when you’re singing together, you’re not using your phone, you’re just connecting with the people around you and singing, I think is a really powerful thing.
Video: Dan Cooper Music via Facebook.