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Simon Cowell organises charity single recording for Grenfell Tower survivors

By | Published on Monday 19 June 2017

Simon Cowell

Robbie Williams, Rita Ora and Stormzy were among the popstars who recorded a cover of Simon & Garfunkel’s ‘Bridge Over Troubled Water’ this weekend. The single is being released to raise money for former residents of the Grenfell Tower in West London, which was destroyed by fire last week.

Recorded at Sarm Studios, half a mile from the building, the recording was organised by Simon Cowell, who also lives nearby. Others who contributed vocals included One Direction’s Louis Tomlinson and Liam Payne, Emeli Sande, John Newman, Leona Lewis, Roger Daltrey, Ella Eyre, Pixie Lott, The Libertines’ Carl Barat, Westlife’s Shane Filan, Stereophonics’ Kelly Jones, Paloma Faith and Jorja Smith.

They were joined by a 300 strong choir of local people – some of them survivors of the Grenfell tragedy – conducted by Gareth Malone.

Proceeds from the single will be distributed by the London Community Foundation. The government has reportedly waived VAT on the release too.

The song is expected to be released on Wednesday.