Preston Grasshoppers Manager and ICU consultant, Sarah Clarke, is just one of the 100-strong Zoom choir, ‘ICU Liberty Singers’, hoping to secure the Christmas number one spot – and raise vital funds to support NHS staff.
The choir comprises of 100 ICU staff members, from all over the country, such as nurses, doctors, and healthcare professionals – all of which have been on the frontline this year, battling COVID-19. The choir is releasing the classic Police track, ‘Every Breath You Take’ in the hopes of achieving a number one chart topper.
Although an ICU consultant by day, Sarah is also manager for Preston Grasshoppers Girls Rugby team by night (and weekends!), taking time out of her busy schedule to help promote the club and team.
Sarah said: “I wanted to take part in the ICU Liberty Singers to give something back to the incredible staff who have contributed to fighting COVID-19 this year. It’s been a tough one, so it would be great to see the record go to the number one Christmas spot!
“I’ve also been overwhelmed with the support from my rugby team. The girls are so excited that I’m taking part and can’t wait for the single to be released.”
Sarah met with the 100-piece choir for the first time back in November, where staff enjoyed singing and chatting, releasing the tension and stress of the last few months. After a few more sessions, the choir gained the legal rights to use the Police record – and then created the track from 223 individual vocal recordings, blended together to become the ‘ICU Liberty Singers’
Alison Pittard, Dean of the Faculty of Intensive Care commented: “This has been such a fun way to recognise and thank ICU staff. It has been an utterly extraordinary year and I am beyond proud and grateful to all ICU workers for their skill, dedication and professionalism in the face of unprecedented circumstances. Marking this in as public a way as possible seemed only appropriate.”
The single will be released on December 18th, available for download on various streaming channels. Sarah says this isn’t the end of the ICU Liberty Singers either.
“We’re planning on taking on a few more artists too, such as Liam Gallagher, Jess Glynne, and Robbie Williams – all to help raise money and keep our spirits up. I might even get the girls involved from the rugby club too!”
The story has now been picked up by the RFU who are running the story on their website!