Rugby choir to join TV star

The Strawhouse Singers will perform at the prestigious concert
The Strawhouse Singers will perform at the prestigious concert

Britain’s Got Talent star Jonathan Antoine has chosen a Rugby choir to join him for a major concert.

The Strawhouse Singers will accompany opera singer Jonathan for a Remembrance Day performance in Birmingham on November 11.

The Strawhouse Singers will be providing choral backing as well as performing duets with Jonathan.

Choir director Nicky Stewart said: “This is an incredible opportunity for our young singers. It doesn’t get much bigger than this and it’s an endorsement of how far the choir has come to have been chosen for such a prestigious event.”

The Strawhouse Singers were formed two years ago for a special concert as part of the Rugby Festival of Culture. They have since gone on to perform on stages in London, Birmingham’s NEC and as VIP guest artists for Teenstar UK. Earlier this year they performed at the request of the Mayor of Rugby for his formal enrobing ceremony. Their annual Christmas Concert at St Andrew’s has also become a popular event in the calendar.

The choir is organised by Rugby and London-based record label Big Help Management. Head of artist development Dutch Van Spall said: “We always had high hopes for these young singers but they have exceeded everyone’s expectations – and it’s all due to their talents, commitment and the hard work put in by the team.”

Jonathan’s story was played out in front of millions in 2012 on ITV’s Britain’s Got Talent, in which he finished as runner-up in the final before being signed by Simon Cowell. Since then, he has achieved a number 1 album on the classical charts and become popular in the USA, where has shared a stage with Sting and Adam Levine of Maroon 5.

The concert is at Birmingham University. See