This Valentine's Day, West End leading ladies Alice Fearn and Sophie Evans from the smash hit musical Wicked will release a charity single with a difference, in aid of the Samaritans. A mashup cover of Cyndi Lauper’s classic Time After Time melded with Scott Alan’s Always, the single will be available via www.nickbarstow.com on iTunes and Amazon music.
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.
That is why Alice Fearn and Sophie Evans are releasing a single in aid of the Samaritans on Thursday February 14th. 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, arranged by emerging musical talent Nick Barstow. The whole project is Barstow's brainchild - "love and care is about so much more than romantic love - we can show love in so many different ways. If Valentine's day is all about love, how better to show it than by reaching out to people who are feeling its absence".
The single will be available for download on iTunes and Amazon Music - just search for 'Time After Time / Always' on February 14th, or go to www.nickbarstow.com for direct links to downloads. 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 to 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.