A CHILDREN'S choir taught by a Bradford music teacher couldn't believe it when Simon Cowell paid them a surprise visit - and said they were going to be on Britain's Got Talent.

Millions of viewers watched the youngsters' showstopping performance of an anti-bullying song written by teacher Danny Gough. The choir, Class Dynamix, wowed judges on the hit ITV show last Saturday and had the audience on its feet.

Simon Cowell said: "We've never had a choir like you before. You're one of the best we've heard." Alesha Dixon added: "Every child in the world should be singing that song."

Danny, of Idle, set up Class Dynamix as part of a music project for Windmill and Low Row primary schools in Leeds. The choir, made up of children aged nine to 11 of mixed abilities, is aimed at boosting confidence and self esteem.

It was Danny's application to Britain's Got Talent that led Simon Cowell to Windmill Primary School earlier this year. The youngsters screamed with delight as the BGT head judge entered their classroom. After he led them out of school chanting "BGT" they headed to Manchester on a bus for the televised audition.

"It was a complete surprise for the kids," said Danny. "I think the show captured beautifully their excitement, and how spontaneous it was. The choir is about releasing feelings and building self belief, empowerment and teamwork, and the kids' team spirit was highlighted really well in the show. It was a massive thing for them to be on that stage and they were all supporting each other. I've been speaking to them and their parents all week, they're so excited. I was more nervous watching the show than when we were on it!"

All four judges put the choir through to the next round. Viewers watched jubilant scenes as the youngsters cheered with Ant and Dec. Amanda Holden called them "inspiring". David Walliams said the song was "brilliant". Danny, who conducted the choir on stage, said: "We will never forget the day Simon Cowell turned up in our school."

Because of the coronavirus pandemic, producers haven't yet revealed how Britain's Got Talent will go forward. "We'll have to wait and see," said Danny. "I feel proud that we have lifted the nation's spirits at this time; the response has been incredible. The children hadn't seen each other since school, because of the lockdown, so watching the show gave them a connection again. They've worked really hard, I'm very proud of them.

"I am so grateful to Simon and Britain's Got Talent. Doing this has shown the children what's possible. They will always remember it."