Romford and Hornchurch choir singers to record Children in Need single with Spandau Ballet star

PUBLISHED: 10:53 10 November 2016 | UPDATED: 10:53 10 November 2016

Erasure singer Andy Bell with choir founder Sandra Colston, at the recording last year.

Erasure singer Andy Bell with choir founder Sandra Colston, at the recording last year.


Choir singers in the borough will be joined in the studio by 80s pop icon Tony Hadley as they attempt to raise cash for Children in Need.

On Sunday, 340 of the Funky Voices choir will be heading to BBC’s Maida Vale studios to record a cover of Spandau Ballet’s Through The Barricades.

Around 100 of those participating this weekend will be from Hornchurch and Romford.

It’s the second year the choir have recorded for the charity after Funky Voices released a cover version of Erasure’s 1988 hit Stop! last year.

While not featuring on the choir’s recording, Erasure frontman Andy Bell headed to Maida Vale to support Funky Voices during the recording.

But Tony Hadley went a step further this year when he asked to joined singers.

It’s a dream come true for many of the members who are huge fans of Tony Hadley and 80s music.

Toby Croney, one of the choir’s organisers, said: “With a choir of 340 singers, it’s going to sound amazing but having Tony come along and sing too is just the icing on the cake.

“So many of our choir are big fans and went to see Spandau Ballet when they reformed at the Royal Albert Hall.”

Last year’s single managed to enter the iTunes single chart at number 72, despite the choir having no record company backing them.

Toby hopes Funky Voices can replicate some of the success they enjoyed.

“Last year was crazy, we were passing the likes of Adele and Justin Timberlake, when we never even dreamed of entering the charts.

“If we can get any part of that again then that would be incredible but the most important thing is to raise money for Children in Need.

The single will cost 79p with all artist royalties going directly to charity too.

It will be available to download from the iTunes store from next Friday.

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