Six-year-old Retford songster records adorable version of Somewhere Over The Rainbow

A six-year-old boy from Retford has performed a heartwarming rendition of Somewhere Over The Rainbow as a thank you to the NHS during the coronavirus crisis.

Wednesday, 22nd April 2020, 6:00 am
Updated Wednesday, 22nd April 2020, 12:17 pm

Will Barker, who’s mum Lisa says he was ‘born singing’, posted the video online on Thursday last week - as thousands took to their doorsteps to clap for health workers.

The adorable footage is edited to show Will in sepia as he starts singing then as the performance goes on it switches to colour - revealing the angelic six-year-old’s rainbow-coloured bow tie and waistcoat.

Will’s video - put together by brother Olly, 17, - is cut with shots of birds, a rainbow and a sunset while his dad Jon Barker accompanies the song on the keyboard.

Will Barker, 6, performing Somewhere Over The Rainbow

Proud mum Lisa, 45, told how the family emailed her the video while she was self-isolating in her bedroom with suspected coronavirus - cheering her up.

Lisa described the illness as ‘the worst experience of my life’ - unable to get out of bed with chills, sweats and a fever along with other scary symptoms such as bleeding gums while brushing teeth.

She said: “It was frightening because you’re in your bedroom on your own and don’t know what’s going on - it was absolutely awful.

“I’ve been in my bedroom for two weeks - it’s amazing what our NHS are doing but it’s just scary at the moment.”

Will with parents Jon and Lisa Barker, along with brother Olly, 17, and sister Beatrice, 15.

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Lisa said she did not have the dry cough often reported with the illness however she was prescribed antibiotics by her doctor - which had no effect on the virus.

She described feeling ‘more or less’ back to normal now but was remaining in isolation a little longer to be sure she would not pass it on to her family.

Speaking about son Will’s performance she told how the talented youngster had recorded it in just one take.

The rainbow outfit in the video is the one he wears while performing the song - one of his favourites - at talent competitions.

She said: “He loves the song anyway and we just thought it would be nice to record it as a tribute on Thursday.”