Blog. “Our Hospitality Voices” Christmas charity single

December 7, 2020 | Author: Giuliana Vittiglio

We’re delighted to announce the “Our Hospitality Voices” Christmas charity single is out today. The single, brainchild of our friends at Bidfood, is a cover of Miley Cyrus's song, 'The Climb' and aims to shine a light on the importance and resilience of the industry in these testing times. Produced by Troy Miller, Winner of an Ivor Novello Award, and nominated for a Grammy for ‘best producer’, the single encapsulates the raw and authentic voices from across the industry and you can download your copy here.

Singers include Hospitality Action Patron and chef Brian Turner CBE, and employees from Subway, IPC, Bidfood and our very own Maria Carter. We were lucky enough to catch up with some of the raw talent to find out about their time in the studio:

“I have had nearly 60 years in this fabulous industry! I have worked in great hotels and starred restaurants and believe we are here to make people happy around the table with food and drink. On the day of the recording we had fun and laughter as well as nerves, I think they turned my mic off when we finished rehearsals!”

Brian Turner, Hospitality Action and Patron


“Hospitality has played a big part of my life alongside my passion for food. I’ve been working in the industry on and off for the past 12 years, and it where I have decided to continue my career. Performing on the day was slightly nerve-wracking, not knowing what to expect when you turn up. I’ve been lucky enough to record in a studio before, however the team and the producer made me feel super relaxed. Once we got going it was really fun and didn’t want to stop. Can we go again please?"

Rusty Warren, Innovation and Insights Manager, Subway

“I have been in the industry for over 40 years and have been heavily involved with Hospitality Action for most of my life within Bidfood. I took part to highlight the absolute need for support, particularly at this time for those colleagues that are less fortunate than ourselves. It was fantastic to perform on the day and I had loads of fun.  It was a completely new experience for me.”

Andy Kemp, Group Sales and Marketing Director, Bidfood UK

“When I heard that Bidfood would be releasing a Christmas single to raise money for our charity, I loved the idea. What better way to share the joy music brings, share the love, raise money and bring support and happiness to our industry colleagues who’ve had such a rough ride this year. Once I put the headphones on and stood in front of the microphone I felt I was part of something special. It doesn’t matter how hard life is at the moment, we will get through this together.”

Maria Carter, Fundraising and Marketing Executive, Hospitality Action

All of the proceeds from the Our Hospitality Voices – The Climb will go directly towards helping us to support hospitality people across the UK who have been impacted by the pandemic this Christmas.