Missing People Choir
Voices for Missing (formally known as Missing People Choir)
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Voices for Missing choir, formally known as "Missing People Choir", is made up of people with missing loved ones. The choir auditioned for Britain's Got Talent in 2017 and reached the live semi-finals.
The Voices for Missing choir, formally known as "Missing People Choir", was founded in 2014 by music producer and director James Hawkins and Clare Cook who originally worked at the charity Missing People but is now CEO of music charity Soundabout. The simple aim of the choir was to bring together families with missing loved ones and give them a united voice. It is run by James Hawkins Music. In addition to emotional expression and support, choir members hope to reach people who may have information about those who are missing; their performances include showing their names and faces to the audience. One of the members is the sister of Richey Edwards of the band Manic Street Preachers, who disappeared in 1995; another is the father of Claudia Lawrence, who disappeared in 2009.
In December 2017, the choir were featured on a UK top 40 selling charity Christmas album called Stand Together with nine other inspirational choirs, dubbed Choirs With Purpose, produced by James Hawkins. In December 2018, they released a single, "I Miss You".
Britain's Got Talent
The choir auditioned for the 11th series of Britain's Got Talent in 2017, performing a song co-written by member Peter Boxell, whose 15-year-old son disappeared in 1988.  They received 4 yeses and advanced to the live semi-finals.
During the live semi-finals on 2 June, they performed "Wings" by Birdy, with one member singing the first verse and the rest of the choir joining in for the chorus. They held lights during their performance, and the audience were also given lights to hold. Audience members and judges cried. They finished second in the semi-final and immediately advanced to the final, which they were then favoured to win.
After their televised performance, a missing boy called his mother after seeing her singing in the choir, another missing person was reunited with their family, and information was also received about two others.
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