Euphoria at Olympics

A SHOW choir from Backwell is euphoric after being asked to perform at the Olympics.

The 32-strong sing and dance troop, Euphoria, which was originally talent spotted on Youtube, was chosen from thousands to perform in the stadium and Olympic Village.

The honour has come as a bit of a surprise to the choir, which rehearses at Fairfield School in Backwell, because they applied late after they were so busy performing with Britain’s Got Talent winners Spelbound last year they forgot.

The group will travel to London on August 1 and 2 to perform as part of a variety of acts in the Olympic Village.

Inspired by television programme Glee, the group was set up in September 2010 by professional singer Rachel Walker, 30, of Cleeve, who also teaches at Nailsea and Backwell schools.

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She said: “It’s very exciting, especially as it was a massive long shot and we didn’t expect to be considered.

“I received an email from the Olympic organisers telling me that they were very impressed with the quality and professionalism of our performance, and thought we would be an ideal group to entertain the crowds during the games.”

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They will perform in half hour sets and have been learning some new routines, including one to Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody.

They appeared at three Jubilee events at the weekend, and will now continue in their quest to raise more than �30,000 to travel to New York after being offered the chance to perform at a national show choir event next year.

The choir ranges in age from aged from 12 to 32, so Rachel struggles to fit in rehearsals around GCSEs and other schoolwork.

She added: “We have some fantastic kids who give 100 per cent commitment, work very hard and turn up to every performance.”

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