Rochdale Music Service Youth Choir wowed the nation at ITV's Britain's Got Talent final to finish second with Sign Along With Us.
Sign Along With Us Choir include 2 groups who have come together to enter Britain's Got Talent - the signers' choir led by Jade Kilduff, from Heywood, and Rochdale Music Service Youth Choir who provide the vocals for the choir to sign to.
They made it through to the finals after winning the public vote from their semi-final performance in September.
On the final show on Saturday, 10 October 2020, they performed a stunning version of 'The Climb', which impressed judges, with Alesha Dixon commenting on how uplifting it was.
'It is clear how much joy they have brought to so many across the country with their uplifting performances'
Councillor Rachel Massey, assistant portfolio holder for children's services, said: "This has been an incredible experience for our youth choir and we are very proud of how well they did. They've performed consistently well each time, in very unusual circumstance and it is clear how much joy they have brought to so many across the country with their uplifting performances. We hope that we've shown the power of music, in particular choirs, and our music service host a variety of opportunities for people, young and old, to get involved in."
Their Britain's Got Talent journey started back in April when their emotional performance of 'This is Me' was the programme's first Gold Buzzer moment with comedian and children's author David Walliams sending them straight through to the semi-finals. Each time they have been greeted with standing ovations. Not all of the performers have been able to take part in the performance in the studio due to social distancing but they've been present on screens and still been part of their magical performances.
The choir is proud to be an inclusive choir with a mix of age ranges and a passion for signing.
They cover inspirational songs with singing and sign language to make their performances inclusive. Lead signer Jade Kilduff set up the Sign Along With Us choir, as well as her regular YouTube videos teaching people Makaton, as part of her support to her young brother Christian who has cerebral palsy.
'We have been delighted to be a part of something that has really captured the nation's heart'
Liz Jacobs, head of Rochdale Music Service, said: "We have been delighted to be a part of something that has really captured the nation's heart. In these challenging times it's nice to be part of something so uplifting and powerful and I hope we've shown people, particularly young people, the real benefits of being part of a choir."