Mums’ choir to face Cowell?

Members of Mums The Word and fellow performers during the charity 'concert they hosted in December
Members of Mums The Word and fellow performers during the charity 'concert they hosted in December

A CHOIR dubbed as Hartlepool’s answer to the Military Wives vocal group could be set to face one of TV’s most notorious critics.

The town-based Mum’s The Word all-female choir has had an initial audition for ITV’s Britain’s Got Talent.

Around 26 members of the group travelled to the audition in Glasgow, where they sang their version of Tina Turner’s Proud Mary in front of members of production crew, joining hundreds of other hopeful acts.

Now they are waiting to hear if they are through to the next round, which would see them whittled down to perform in front of TV judges Simon Cowell, Alisha Dixon, Amanda Holden and David Walliams.

Jayne Brown, the choir’s administrator and social secretary, said: “The judge said Tina Turner is one of his favourite performers and he really enjoyed the piece.

“At the end of that we did jazz hands and he said ‘there’s one way to impress me and that’s to throw in a few jazz hands’.”

She added: “We thoroughly enjoyed every minute of it and we were really well looked-after.

“It was really exciting for everyone of us and a fabulous experience. We would be thrilled if we got through to the next stages because we have thoroughly enjoyed the whole experience.”

The group, which meets at the Stranton Centre, in Southburn Terrace, and is accompanied by Kate Sirs, of The Kate Sirs School of Music, could find out whether they are through within the month.

The choir has performed at a string of local venues since forming in September 2011 and raised £1,650 for local causes during a charity concert in December.