Gemma’s gems score a big hit with Cowell and Co.

ByDave Hall

Gemma’s gems score a big hit with Cowell and Co.

The BIG Sing choir, who scored a big hit with the judges on Britain’s Got Talent this month, will help open CRE Midlands 2023 (10am, Wed 8 Nov, Cranmore Park, Solihull).

Some members of the choir – there were 350 of them at Britain’s Got Talent! – will also talk about their work in local communities and encourage visitors to join them.

The choir was started 12 years ago by Gemma and Howard Francis to get people singing – whether they had a good voice or not – to help them make new friends and entertain others. In fact, there are now BIG Sing groups in many parts of the country with more than 500 members. All ages and all types of music are covered, from gospel to pop and all stages in between.

The project not only gives adults a chance to get together but through its charity, The BIG Sing SOUL, also offers TINY Sing music sessions to babies and tots whilst their parents socialise over a cuppa!

In different formats the choir has appeared with big names like Mica Paris, Ellie Goulding, Leah McFall (from BBC The Voice) Blake and the London Community Gospel Choir, for whom Gemma and Howard were once members. They have sung for Jamie Oliver, toured with Leona Lewis and were winners of the BBC Songs of Praise Gospel Choir of the Year in 2017.

A charity arm – The Big Sing SOUL (Sing, Outreach, Unity and Love) – was formed six years ago and has already raised more than £200k for charities.

‘Uniting communities with uplifting and motivating music, inspired by gospel music and teaching, The BIG Sing is more than just a choir. We are a family,’ explained Gemma. ‘Many members have found the choir has helped them through loneliness, depression, grief and illness. It has given them two hours a week to find themselves again.’

Despite the setback caused by various Covid-19 lockdowns, the organisation has not only pulled through but, as Gemma added, ‘grown from strength to strength in number and ability, showing members that together we can achieve greatness.’

She invites anyone interested to come and hear them at CRE Midlands 2023 – ‘so you can sing along and leave happy and uplifted!’

See their performance on Britain’s Got Talent here.

• The BIG Sing will be on stand DS34 at CRE Midlands 2023

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