Choir from LMA makes it through first round of the hit ITV show

Students from LMA in Liverpool have wowed judges on the small screen, after the academy’s choir flew through the live auditions of ITV’s The X Factor.

The LMA Choir performed an amazing and energetic rendition of This is Me, from The Greatest Showman, to the judging panel made up of One Direction’s Louis Tomlinson, singer Robbie Williams, actress Ayda Williams and of course, Simon Cowell.

They were met with a standing ovation from the entire audience at The SSE Arena, Wembley, including all four judges. Simon Cowell said their performance “bought an energy to the show which we need. You need us, we need you” while Louis said it was “so fun”, “so uplifting’ and “so entertaining” and Ayda Williams said she “wanted to jump in and join in.”

Robbie Williams was so impressed by the group, he even went backstage after the audition to congratulate them all and give them a celebratory hug.

Following in the footsteps of successful acts such as Little Mix, One Direction and Leona Lewis, the group will now perform in the next stage of the competition.

The choir is made up of founder and LMA Creative Director Stephanie Wallace Carr and 14 young people from musical courses at LMA, which is located on Duke Street and Hope Street in Liverpool’s city centre and celebrates its 10th birthday this year.

The choir members include:

  • Andrew Morris, from Bromborough, Wirral, who is age 20 and studying musical theatre
  • Cameron Povall, from Woodchurch, Wirral, who is age 21 and studied musical theatre
  • Charlie Matthews, from West Derby, Liverpool, who is age 21 and studied musical theatre
  • Charlie Peacock, from Liverpool, who is age 21 and studying musical theatre
  • Caitlin Price, from West Derby, Merseyside, who is age 19 and studying musical theatre
  • Jenny Fairbrother, from Bootle, Liverpool, who is age 21 and studying music
  • Jessica Jones, from Fazakerley, Liverpool, who is age 20 and studying musical theatre
  • Jessica Mahoney, from Moreton, Wirral, who is age 21 and studied musical theatre
  • Joel Cornwall, from Huyton, Liverpool, who is age 19 and studying musical theatre
  • Lyndsey Skeaping, from Knowsley, Merseyside, who is age 21 and studied musical theatre
  • Rachel Chambers, from Anfield, Liverpool, who is age 25 and studied music
  • Sam Conlan, from Bootle, Liverpool, who is age 23 and studied musical theatre
  • Sinead Ahrend, from Knotty Ash, Liverpool, who is age 20 and studying musical theatre
  • Sophie Ortt, from Maghull, Liverpool, who is age 22 and studied musical theatre

Discussing the success, Stephanie Wallace Carr said: “We really wanted to audition for The X Factor. Who wouldn’t?! It’s a huge opportunity for both the students and for LMA.

“It’s the biggest platform on TV in terms of music, and showing yourselves off.

“For me, seeing the choir perform at the auditions was a proud moment. I feel like I’m the proud mum!

“I was a performer myself – and I think this even beats that feeling. What I get from the students is just surreal, they’re so talented. There’s just no other feeling like it. It’s just absolute pride.”

Choir member Lyndsey Skeaping said: “One of the stand out moments was when we went backstage and Robbie Williams came back to congratulate us. He gave all 15 of us a big hug and said ‘I just want to hug you all and tell you that you were amazing’. That was definitely the most star struck ‘oh my god this is real’ moment for me.”

Cameron Povall added: “To walk off stage after having four yes’s and then for Robbie to come backstage and congratulate us on our performance and tell us he was proud of us. That was incredible! And of course the standing ovation at Wembley arena! It was all mind-blowing. We are so excited for the next stage. We want to go all the way.”

Lyndsey continued: “Being part of LMA has given us some amazing opportunities. It offers hands on experience into the industry you want to go into after you leave. The thing with LMA is that it is a bit smaller than a normal university too so it gives you an environment where everyone is friends and it’s safe to grow, learn and get better. We really are just one big family.”