WI quintet hoping for chart-topper
Published 16/09/2010 | 00:18
Forget jam-making and flower-arranging - a group of Women's Institute members is aiming to top the charts.
The five talents were chosen from hundreds of hopefuls to land a record deal with music giant Universal.
The group - which will feature in a Marks & Spencer poster campaign - includes an optician and a primary school teacher.
Record bosses launched a search for WI members earlier this year, inviting the 6,500 branches to get involved.
Six-hundred versions of rousing anthem Jerusalem were submitted to judges with a final shortlist of 30 invited to auditions at Abbey Road Studios this summer.
Since then, the lucky quintet has been working on an album to be released next month and they will make their live debut this weekend by royal appointment.
They are to perform at Prince Charles's eco-festival, A Garden Party To Make A Difference, at St James's Palace on Saturday.
Universal is investing £1 million into pushing the group and debut album Voices of The WI, which is to be released on October 25.