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The Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Choir


Story of Song

This song brought junior doctor Harriet Nerva to tears after listening to it while having a bad day at work. She told The Guardian newspaper in the UK that she “was having a really bad time at work. A patient with cancer that I had been looking after for quite a number of weeks died. I was listening to the song and it dawned on me that a great way of translating how I was feeling and how proud I was to work for the NHS would be getting the song to number 1. I think some of the messages in the song are very pertinent, It’s to say we’re here for you, throughout the week, 365 days a year.”

The video feature footage of the National Health Service (NHS) staff working at the Trust. The song is a mash up of Coldplay’s “Fix You” and Simon and Garfunkel’s “Bridge Over Troubled Water”.

Release date

Released on December 9, 2013


Peter Mitchell – Paul Simon – Chris Martin – Jonny Buckland – Guy Berryman – Will Champion


Self-release via Emubands

Chart Rankings

UK – 1


Although released in 2013, the song reached number 1 in the UK in Christmas 2015 thanks to a social medial campaign by choir member Katie Rogerson, junior doctor Harriet Nerva and communication manager for NHS Joe Blunden. The song was fighting for number 1 with Justin Bieber’s ‘Love Yourself’ in the UK until Justin asked his fans to support the charity single. The fans did, and ‘A Bridge Over You’ peaked at number 1 on Christmas 2015.

Artist’s age on release date

The Choir had been active for 2 years when they released this song.

Cover Versions

No cover versions.