A Linslade music teacher has certainly been on song when it comes to impressing celebrity judges on BBC1 talent show The Voice.
Patrick Golding, 40, who teaches at Cedars Upper School, is one half of the duo Joyful Soundz.
With his singing partner Simone Burnett, 35, from Dunstable, Patrick now finds himself in the latter stages of the show as he continues to impress coaches will.i.am, Sir Tom Jones, Rita Ora and Ricky Wilson.
Joyful Soundz successfully negotiated preliminary producer auditions (which aren’t broadcast) featuring 30,000 hopefuls to get on the show.
Then, during the blind auditions section of the programme they were chosen by will.i.am after singing Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell’s You’re All I Need To Get By.
Will told them: “It sounded wonderful. You guys are amazing.”
Last Saturday on the battle stage of the contest – which featured 48 acts – they lost out to fellow contestant Newtion Matthews during a performance of Shout by the Isley Brothers, with Will declaring: “That was one of the best battles of seasons 1,2 and 3...”
However they stayed on the show when Sir Tom decided to ‘steal’ them for his team and they are now through to the next stage – the final 32.
Patrick and Simon sing as part of Patrick’s large gospel choir, also called Joyful Soundz – a collection of singers from churches in Luton, Milton Keynes, St Albans and London who sing regularly across the UK. The pair attend True Vine Fellowship in Park Street, Luton, and have been singing since childhood, but have only been singing as a duet for the last three years.
Patrick said: “We sing at various events such as weddings, concerts and private functions. Our performances are interactive, uplifting and inspirational.
“Being on the Voice has so far been for us an amazing journey filled with highs and lows in its own exciting way, but now as we are here we aim to continue to do our best and keep moving forward until we go home if and whenever that will be.”