A CHOIR made up of local youngsters has been causing a stir in the Black Country of late, and now they've just taken their first step towards grabbing the attention of a much wider audience.
SOL Choir, who rehearse in Langley and are comprised of teenage singers from Old Hill, Cradley, Oldbury and roundabout, have only been together just over three years, but under Musical Director Deborah Watson have stormed through the first round of a national competition to find the country's top vocal talent.
TeenStar is a nationwide contest which holds auditions across the country and invites teenage singers, whether they be solo, in groups or choirs, to turn up and give it their best. The most impressive performers from each session go through to the next round, and at the Midlands auditions at the NEC on Saturday 26th January, SOL Choir went through with their take on a recent hit Little Mix hit, Wings.
The number of hopefuls was around a couple of thousand, with only the most promising going through to the Regional Final Showcase on Saturday 23rd March. And in the meantime, SOL have the to defend their title of Dudley Youth Choir Champions.
Following that, the 18 young singers will refocus on the Teen- Star showcase, doing their stuff in front of a panel of music industry judges and a live audience, in the hope of making the National Grand Final at the O2 in London.
With the Black Country's long and proud tradition of choirs, they certainly have history on their side.