Upminster physiotherapist takes home Christmas number one with NHS Choir

PUBLISHED: 14:10 05 January 2016 | UPDATED: 14:10 05 January 2016

NHS Choir

NHS Choir


Claiming the title of Christmas number one and beating Justin Bieber to the post was a moment to remember for the NHS but a physiotherapist is looking forward to what lies ahead for the group.

Upminster-born Elizabeth Steele, 28, was “thrilled” when she was told that she, along with the rest of the NHS Choir, was top in the charts with Bridge over you, a mash-up of Coldplay’s Fix you and Bridge over troubled water.

She said: “It’s absolutely fantastic!

“It’s really surreal thinking that we actually achieved a Christmas number one, something that not many people get to say they have.

“I’m so proud of all of us for our success.”

The NHS Choir came into the spotlight on choirmaster Gareth Malone’s show Sing while you work in 2012 where they were named as the runners up of the competition.

Elizabeth, who is a physiotherapist at Lewisham and Greenwich Hospital, says she originally joined the group because she loves music.

She said: “I used to play the violin and the cello so when I heard we could have the chance of singing in a choir and meet lots of new people, I couldn’t wait to sign up.

“After the show, we continued meeting up every week and practicing different songs.”

To celebrate the achievements of the NHS in the light of junior doctors striking over new contracts, the idea of fighting for Christmas number one came up and meant they would go head to head with superstar Justin Bieber and his song Love yourself.

But in a twist of events, Justin encouraged his fans to support the NHS Choir tweeting “So for one week it’s OK not to be #1. “Let’s do the right thing and help them win. It’s Christmas”.

Elizabeth said: “It’s unbelievable that Justin Bieber actually knows who we are!

“He was very lovely to do that.

“We would like to take part in more events at the hospital and elsewhere.

“I don’t know what’s next for the choir but after all of this it feels like anything could happen.”

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