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HERE’S your chance to sing with the stars.

Vocal quartet Blake are in search for a choir to join them on stage in South Shields.

Local choirs sang with them on the last An Evening with Blake tour, and it proved so successful they’ve decided to do it again.

The Love Lifts Us Up tour will roll into the region to play The Customs House on March 16 and 17.

Choirs who would like the chance to join Blake on stage should send a YouTube video link of the choir performing to accompanied by a short description of the choir.

One choir will be chosen for each concert and the choir will join the group on stage to perform some of Blake’s well-known classic-pop renditions, including Hallelujah, Jerusalem and Nessun Dorma – songs that helped catapult the group to global success after their formation using Facebook in 2007.

The quartet came up with the idea of having a local choir joining them on stage after they toured schools across the country giving performances and talks about the music industry.

Baritone Jules Knight, said: “The schools tour was part of the campaign for our second Brit nomination, but it quickly became so much more than that to us.

“The children really engaged with what we did and we were blown away by the talent and confidence of some of them in the mock X-Factor auditions that we held.

“With all that singing talent, we just couldn’t understand why choirs weren’t as popular as they used to be.”

Baritone Stephen Bowman, added: “We’ve always believed that choirs are totally essential to the future of British music, and we’re proud to be getting great choirs up on to some of the UK’s finest stages to show our audiences who the next wave of great performers might be.”

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