James Beeny and Gina Georgio, the musical theatre writing and producing duo behind Toy Soldier Productions present The Frontline Singers, who appeared on ITV’s Britain’s Got Talent on Saturday 7 May to the acclaim of both the audience and judges.
Created during the national lockdown, The Frontline Singers is a group of over 20 frontline workers from all backgrounds with a shared passion for music, brought together by James Beeny and Gina Georgio. James and Gina wrote an original song for the group, ‘Strange Old World’, which they recorded remotely with The Frontline Singers during the first national lockdown.
The song raised funds for the NHS, doubling its fundraising target within its first week online. James and Gina recruited the members of the group through an online search, and by approaching frontline workers they knew personally, including Gina’s father Demi Georghiou, a Police Community Support Officer from Sussex. In the Autumn of 2021, the group sang together in person for the first time and are now thrilled to have performed on Britain’s Got Talent, receiving four ‘yes’ votes from the judging panel.
The Frontline Singers also includes West End performers Paul Wilkins, Sam O’Rourke and Devon-Elise Johnson who each adapted during the pandemic working night-shifts in supermarkets, volunteering in the community with vulnerable people and working in a pharmacy respectively.
James and Gina said, “It has been an honour to bring this talented group of frontline workers together to perform on Britain’s Got Talent. What they do for this country is heroic and inspirational, and we are incredibly proud of their journey as a vocal group.”
Toy Soldier Productions is a British production company, founded in 2020 by musical theatre partnership James Beeny and Gina Georgio to develop and produce new, original work. With a background in the music industry, guitarist James and pianist Gina made their theatre debut with new British musical The Dreamers, which was staged for four workshop performances at Abbey Road Studios in 2018. They are now developing their second musical Lady M, based on Shakespeare’s Macbeth. Lady M recently underwent a workshop in London featuring George Blagden, Kerry Ellis, Jamie Muscato, Maiya Quansah-Breed and Karl Queensborough.