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Back in 2014, Missing People and choir director James Hawkins brought together volunteers and staff from the charity with a group of people with a missing loved one. Together we formed the Missing People Choir. Since then, the Missing People Choir has gone from strength to strength and we’re delighted to confirm the next step in their incredible journey is drawing closer – their audition for Britain’s Got Talent is happening on Saturday!

Supporters of the charity may have seen this very special choir perform at our events up and down the country in the last few years, including at our annual Carol Services in London and York and at our flagship Miles for Missing Children event.

This Saturday will see them performing one of their most moving pieces, I Miss You. The lyrics to I Miss You were written by Peter Boxell, whose son Lee went missing at the age of 15 in 1988, with music written by choir leader Jim Hawkins and Simon Rhodes.

Other Missing People Choir members performing with the choir in Britain’s Got Talent include; Denise Horvath Allan, whose son Charles went missing in 1989; Rachel Edwards, whose brother Richard has been missing since 1995; Emma Cullingford, whose mother was missing for a month before sadly being found to have died and Peter Lawrence, whose chef daughter Claudia has been missing from York since 2009.

Choir member Sarah Godwin whose son Quentin has been missing since May 1992, and who is also a Trustee of the charity said:  “It’s just so energising, warming, safe, moving beyond words. We can each feel our own love and sadness and pain, but we are there for each other and somehow it becomes joyful too.”

Watch Britain's Got Talent on Saturday 15 April from 8pm on ITV, or the Sunday repeats; 11.30am on ITV2 and 2:35pm on ITV.

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