This Valentine's Day, Nick has enlisted the help of West End leading ladies Alice Fearn and Sophie Evans from the smash hit musical Wicked to release a charity single with a difference in aid of the Samaritans.
Valentine's Day is enjoyed by many as a day to show that special someone we care. However, it is also a day when many in the UK struggle and feel alone. Suicide rates increase around Valentine's day every year, and mental health watchdog Mind advises that 'for many people, days which are supposed to celebrate love and togetherness can only highlight how different, alone, or low we feel'. Every year the Samaritans, a helpline for those in any kind of need, experience an increase in calls from people feeling isolated and lost. Every six seconds, somebody contacts the Samaritans.
On a day which is all about love and care we can come out in support of those who need it most. The single is a mashup: a cover of Cyndi Lauper's classic Time After Time melded with American theatre composer Scott Alan's Always.
The single will be available for download on iTunes and Amazon Music as well as on this site via the button below. All proceeds from sales will go straight to the Samaritans - with each purchase, they will be able to answer more calls from people in need. A music video will also be released on YouTube worldwide at midnight on February 13th GMT.
Alice Fearn and Sophie Evans are currently starring as Elphaba and Glinda in WICKED THE MUSICAL in London's West End. Cyndi Lauper is a singer-songwriting legend whose greatest hits include Time After Time, Girls Just Want tp Have Fun, and True Colours. Scott Alan is an internationally acclaimed songwriter who has worked with many of the brightest stars of TV and theatre including the Pentatonix, Frances Rufelle and Lea Salonga. Nick Barstow is a composer, arranger and musical director working on and off London's West End with some of the country's most acclaimed musical stars. The song was recorded and mixed by Ben Robbins at Umbrella Studios, The Umbrella Rooms, Shaftesbury Avenue and was filmed by Jake Waby of Jake Waby Productions.