Britain’s Got Talent Choir says being a key worker during a pandemic is ‘appalling’


There was no dry eye at the London Palladium as a choir of 21 key players from the pandemic gave their first public performance in front of Britain’s Got Talent judges.

The Frontline Singers, who appear on tomorrow night’s show, include medical staff, nurses and teachers as well as professional singers who have taken jobs at supermarkets in the locked-down area.

They are the ones who keep the country going, save lives, care for the vulnerable and educate the children of key workers.

The group was formed when musical theater couple Gina Georgio, 32, and James Beeny, 37, wrote the song Strange Old World, a tribute to key workers.

The Frontline Singers will perform on Britain’s Got Talent tomorrow night


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They then posted on social media that they were looking for frontline staff to perform the virtual track to raise funds for NHS Charity Together.

Gina said: “We wrote our song to celebrate the strength of our community and to support our great NHS.”

Notably, their audition for BGT in January was the first time they actually performed together outside of their home.

Here, we talk to three members of The Frontline Singers about their experiences.

Emily Mann, 25 years old, intensive care nurse

Emily Mann (left), pictured with Demi Georghiou (centre) and Rebecca Hunt (right), was one of the choir members



When the pandemic began, Emily Mann was just starting out as an intensive care nurse – and she’s still dealing with the traumatic events she witnessed in the horrific months that followed.

The 25-year-old said that the worst part was that three or four patients died during the 12-hour shift.

She added: “Working in healthcare, you know death is something you’re going to face. But the scale we’re dealing with is very challenging.

“In the second wave, we believe it’s better to give people the opportunity to fight Covid on their own as much as possible without invasive ventilation because that’s a big deal for your body.

“This means we have a lot more people in the ICU who are still awake. There are people who have died whose names and faces I will always remember because I spent so much time with them talking about their lives and build relationships with them.

“There was a night shift where I spent 45 minutes with each patient, sat down with them and reassured them. The main thing I remember was their extreme anxiety.”

Since patients can’t see their loved ones, Emily will phone their loved ones and hold their hands.

She recalls: “I told them ‘You’ll be fine,’ but you know that in a few days there’s a chance they’re going to get worse and go the other way. All you can do is try and reassure them.

“When people pass away, I remind myself that it’s more important to support their loved ones. I’ll tell them about the conversations we’ve had, try to give them a helping hand. A little light in such a dark time.”

Emily says she feels she has no choice but to keep it together. “The situation is always evolving and there’s no time to think about what you’re doing. It’s your problem to work and take care of people.

“I’ve bottled it and I still haven’t processed it 100% but I’m going there and talking about it with my colleagues and the members of the Frontline Singers have helped.”

Emily, from Gillingham, Kent, was inspired to join the singers after she was tagged by a friend in a social media post.

She said: “I care because I grew up in and around music and it has always been a part of my life.

“The first time I heard the song, I felt like it really sums up what our lives are like. It also delivers a message of hope and positivity, which we all need to hear. . Performing it on BGT is such a privilege.”

Rebecca Hunt, 48 years old, medical worker

Rebecca had been a paramedic for 16 years during the pandemic. “It was absolutely horrifying,” she recalls. “Nobody knows what we’re up against.”

Rebecca Hunt was one of the singers to perform in front of the judges (pictured) earlier this year



“We were told we could lose a colleague and we’ve had someone die,” she said. It left the rest of us scared about what was in the store.

Phil, 57, Rebecca’s husband, is also a paramedic, and Rebecca said their youngest son Archie, 10, is scared of losing his parents.

“He was really scared we were both going to die, he was worried about getting sick,” she said. “It was scary for Phil and me. We wanted to run in the hills but you couldn’t help but go to work.”

Rebecca lost her mother 10 years ago and says being able to go with her to the hospital in the ambulance and being with her has helped her through her grief.

This is something that hundreds of thousands of people have been denied over the past two years, and witnessing this has had a huge impact on Rebecca.

She said: “We went to pick up a patient we knew wouldn’t come home – people of all ages – but whose family couldn’t come.

“It was tough watching that last hug and kiss. For me, it was the worst of the pandemic.

“In my job, I’ve always emphasized the importance of loved ones being there in the ambulance and now that’s not allowed. It’s destroying the soul completely.”

A singer in her spare time, Rebecca, from Preston, Lancs, conducts the Northwest Ambulance Choir. Gina and James asked her to join after watching her group’s lip-locking video.

Rebecca said she stood by Amanda Holden’s performance


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Rebecca considers it “an escape from the hell of Covid” and says yes.

“When the lockdown eased, I traveled 275 miles to Tunbridge Wells to get as much exercise as I could,” she recalls.

Rebecca said on the day of the audition, she felt fine until the moment she stepped on the stage. “My tongue sticks to the roof of my mouth when I’m very upset.

“I love Amanda Holden and I can’t take my eyes off her. It’s such a lovely treat for someone like me. I never imagined I would be on BGT.”

And Rebecca has big dreams for The Frontline Singers. “I wish we had a number one single – why not?”

Demi Georghiou, 62 years old, community support worker

Demi Georghiou says being part of a group is a ‘form of therapy’ for them


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Musician Gina was partly inspired to write Strange Old World through the experience of her father Demetrius, a community support cop.

Demetrius, 62, known as Demi, says his daughter is worried about him becoming a front agent. “She called once a day, sometimes more, to ask how I was,” he recalls.

“When she asked me to join the group, I couldn’t say no. Hearing the song for the first time brought me to tears. It was emotional.”

Through her work with the police, Demi has taken care of vulnerable people in the community.

He said: “We get calls from relatives and friends saying there are elderly and at-risk people that they haven’t seen in a while. We’ll be knocking door-to-door to make sure they’re safe. safe.

“Some were so scared when they caught Covid, they didn’t even go out of the house to get food and were hungry. So we made sure they ate and kept warm.

“Some of this can be very traumatic, but it made me realize that I have to be strong to help others. I consider it my duty to work during this pandemic.”

One of the hardest things for Demi was her fear of the unknown.

He added: “You saw on the news that there were so many people hospitalized, colleagues were catching it and I was scared to bring it home and pass it on to my wife Christa.”

Joining the Frontline Singers is a form of therapy for Demi, of Battle, East Sussex.

He said: “When Gina and James first had the idea to form a choir and our audition for BGT, I thought ‘This is crazy. We’ve never performed together’. .

Demi said he enjoyed ‘every second’ performing on BGT in front of Simon Cowell and his fellow judges



“But then it made sense. At the rehearsals, I met some of the other people we did the song video with and it felt like a therapy for what we were going through. .

“It was a great experience to be in our BGT audition. It really felt like a family coming together.”

Performing for BGT judges Simon Cowell, Amanda Holden, Alesha Dixon and David Walliams has been a dream come true for Demi, who says the reality show is his favorite TV show.

He added: “I never thought I would be on that show. Being on that show was like getting the best Christmas present ever, and I’ve enjoyed every single one of these. its seconds.”

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