Lincoln children wow judges on Britain’s Got Talent

Two children from a village near Lincoln were part of an orchestra who wowed the judges on ITV Britain’s Got Talent on Saturday.

Shivani Jansari, 12, and her brother Aakash, 15, who are from Lincoln and now live in the village of Scothern, play the violin and cello as part of the Chineke! Junior Orchestra.

They performed for Simon Cowell and his fellow judges at the London Palladium in January before finding out on Thursday that it would be aired on the ITV show on Saturday, May 2.

Shivani Jansari, 12, and her brother Aakash, 15, loved performing on Britain’s Got Talent. Photo: ITV

The orchestra were given a ‘yes’ from each of the four judges. However, they do not yet know if they will progress into the semi-final stage and face an anxious wait to find out the outcome.

Runa Shyamali Saha, who is the proud mother of Shivani and Aakash, told The Lincolnite that the filming and production is on hold due tot he coronavirus crisis and there will be a deliberation round in the future to find out who will progress to the next round.

She said: “I am really proud of my kids and the whole orchestra, who wanted to perform to show the world how classical music can be cool and is accessible to everyone, which Simon Cowell picked up on. When it was on television the kids were excited and had a sense of pride watching themselves, which was immense.”

Shivani and Aakash who attend Horncastle Queen Elizabeth’s Grammar School, have been learning their instruments with local teachers for eight years and play with the orchestra, as well as with Lincolnshire Music Service and the National Children’s Orchestra of Great Britain.

The Chineke! Foundation was created in 2015 to provide outstanding career opportunities to established and up-and-coming Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) classical musicians in the UK and Europe.

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