A CHILDREN’S choir that included youngsters from a school in Bangor-on-Dee has wowed audiences for ITV’s Britain’s Got Talent.

Rachel Borman, director of the not-for-profit children’s arts organisation and choir Amasing, based across Wrexham, Flintshire, Cheshire and more, works with young people for their mental health.

Her 134-strong choir included pupils from Ysgol Sant Dunawd in Bangor-on-Dee, and Rachel watched on as they sang for judges Simon Cowell, Amanda Holden, Alesha Dixon and Bruno Tonioli – who voted the youngsters through to the next round of the competition.

Rachel explained how they came to be on BGT.

“We’re not just a choir but a not-for-profit arts organisation that was set up in 2017,” she said.

“We work with more than 250 schools from all over North Wales, Cheshire and Wirral, and the Britain’s Got Talent choir was made up of kids from around 30 schools plus our Saturday school too.

“We made a smaller choir of 134 kids who come from all over the area and come together to make their own songs in our workshops.

“Everything they do is theirs – they have ownership of it and we bring them together through our workshops but the songs they perform, they create and we have a catalogue of music now.

“These children are brilliant and it’s why I put them forward for Britain’s Got Talent.


“I’m so proud of them for it and they’re living their dream.”

Dion Griffiths, headteacher of Ysgol Sant Dunawd, admitted the school was very proud of those who took part.

"As the headteacher of Ysgol Sant Dunawd, I've witnessed the incredible impact that music and performance have had on our group of pupils,” said Dion.

“The opportunity to be a part of the Amasing choir has opened doors for our children that would have otherwise remained shut.

“The benefits of singing and dancing go beyond the stage, positively impacting their mental health and overall well-being.

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“These once-in-a-lifetime opportunities have brought children together, building strong relationships with others from diverse backgrounds and other schools.

“The power of music and performance has truly transcended barriers, teaching our children important values of collaboration, dedication, and creative expression.

“I am proud to see our children thrive on this artistic journey, and I believe that nurturing a love for music and performance is a crucial aspect of their holistic development."

For more about Amasing, head to https://amasing.org.uk/2020-home/about-us/