It all started with a casual conversation among members of Sheffield Philharmonic Chorus.
“We had a meeting about a year ago and somebody said, wouldn’t it be funny if we put a team together for a quiz show?” said chorus member Steve Terry.
Another singer suggested the programme Eggheads, an entry was submitted and preparations put in motion. Now, months later, the choir’s team - Steve, Sheila Kellett, Jim Monach, Anna Hughes-Lawson, John Spence and reserve contestant Peter Quarrell - are about to see themselves on TV.
The episode was filmed in Glasgow in January, and Steve was assigned the role of captain. “We practised a bit but none of us are quiz experts,” he said. “But when you’re in the chair being asked questions, the adrenaline flows and you start thinking... I think I know the answer!”
They chose the team name Dawn Chorus - ‘dawn’ inspired by the filming’s 7.30am start time. The show, hosted by Jeremy Vine, involves different teams taking on a group of quiz champions. The chorus’ performance is a secret, but Steve said all of the Eggheads - even those with a stern on-screen persona - were ‘very friendly’.
“The whole thing was really fun and enjoyable,” he said.
Chorus members will gather in The Sportsman pub at Lodge Moor to watch the show on Monday on BBC Two at 6pm.