C.x (itsjustc) wrote,

65 years of UK Christmas No1s - 2015

The Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Choir - A Bridge over You

"A Bridge over You" is a charity single recorded and released independently by the Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Choir.

It is a mashup of "Bridge over Troubled Water" by Simon & Garfunkel and Coldplay's 2005 single "Fix You" with additional arrangement by the choir's conductor, Peter Mitchell.

The Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Choir had previously appeared on the first series of Gareth Malon's BBC Two show "The Choir, Sing While You Work", a competition between workplace choirs, in 2012.They finished the show as runners up. "A Bridge over You" was recorded in 2013, following the choir's appearance in the competition.

A social media campaign to get the choir to the "Christmas number one", was launched in October 2015 by choir member Katie Rogerson, junior doctor Harriet Nerva, and Joe Blunden, a communications manager for the NHS. At the time, Secretary of State for Health, Jeremy Hunt, was debating extending the contracted hours of junior doctors, a move that proved controversial and which prompted the British Medical Association to consider strike action.

Nerva created a Facebook event for the campaign after the video "moved [her] to tears", telling Mirror Online that "getting it to Number One would bring to the public's eye the fantastic service it provides in very challenging times". Rogerson told The Guardian that "it’s a challenging time for the NHS and morale is quite low ... We wanted people to recognise all the brilliant things that happen on an everyday basis rather than feel miserable and unappreciated."

"A Bridge over You" was originally released independently by Blunden on behalf of the NHS Trust on 9 December 2013 in support of various charities including Carers UK, Mind and other smaller healthcare related charities. The 2015 campaign's organisers asked supporters not to purchase the song until the week of the Christmas charts so as to focus sales.

It reached number one at Christmas 2015, selling more than 127,000 copies.

In its second week on the UK Singles Chart, the song broke the record for the biggest fall for a UK number one single, when it fell to number 29 on 1 January 2016. The song dropped out of the charts completely the following week, making the song's two-week chart run the shortest ever for a UK number one single.

Tags: 2015, a bridge over you, the lewisham and greenwich nhs choir, uk christmas no1s

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