Three years ago Gerard Thompson conquered his nerves about singing in front of others, to join a Sheffield choir.
His experience with Chorus UK has transformed his life, he claims, so much so that this weekend he appears on national television, as a singing judge, in a new show!
Encouragement from Andy Booth who runs Chorus UK, and other choir members, has seen 58-year old Gerard sing solo at Sheffield City Hall, and on stage with Russell Watson,
The tenor, who lives with partner Julie in Rotherham, was chosen as a TV star after being asked to audition for a pilot, that led to him being offered a role in the new TV programme.
Health and safety adviser Gerald said: “It was so surreal. I had the most amazing time...my kids and grandchildren think it’s fantastic!”
Gerard is one of a raft of judges who, if they like a contestant, stand and sing with them. The show is hosted by Rob Beckett and Geri Horner.
He added: “The BBC looked after us like kings. I’m still in a state of disbelief over the past few years!”
All Together Now will be screened on BBC1 on Saturday.