A Song Born of Heartache in Britain’s Got Talent 2017

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A must-watch performance that will move you to tears: the Missing People Choir’s rendition of hauntingly beautiful ‘I Miss You‘.

  • Britain’s Got Talent’s most moving song ever
  • Words from a father’s heart to his missing child
  • Loved ones disappeared without a trace

Be prepared to be moved to tears by the hauntingly beautiful song rendered by the Missing People Choir.

The poignant highlight of Britain’s Got Talent 2017 Auditions Week 1, a choir comprising people with missing loved ones sang I Miss You written for a child who vanished nearly 30 years.

The piece penned by 70-year-old grandfather Peter Boxell was for his only son Lee Boxell, who disappeared in 1988, after leaving home to watch a football match just a few miles away.

Lee, 15, never made it to the match. There have been no sightings. His body has never been found.

The words the song spoke straight from the father’s heart to his lost son:

“In my dreams, I see your face, walk with you, hold you safe.”

Peter said: “It’s me saying, ‘Where are you? I hope you are safe and well.'”

Lee’s parents spent months searching for their son, leaving no stone unturned. They had no news at all for more than two decades. Then, five years ago, they thought there was a breakthrough.

The police told the family that they believed Lee’s remains were in a local graveyard near an informal youth club known to be targeted by paedophiles. Officers excavated the site but found nothing.

It was at this time that Peter wrote his first song, ‘Where Is Lee?‘ He performed it to 800 people in Central London and soon moved on to writing a new song – the one that so impressed Simon Cowell and his fellow judges.

The judges gave the choir a standing ovation and put them through to the next round. Cowell said: “I have to pay you absolute respect for what you’ve just done. It was incredible.”

Peter joined the Missing People Choir in 2015.

“I am 70 now and the memory of those first few months does fade and the pain does somewhat ease,” said Peter. “I want to know Lee is still alive, I want to know if he is still OK, how he is. Unfortunately, I have to accept the reality that he probably was murdered, but I don’t know.”

He fears he may die without ever knowing what happened. He said: “I am getting old now and I don’t have many years left to find out. But I guess when I die, I will meet my son and be able to tell him what has been happening all of these years.”

During the choir’s performance, photos and details of missing loved ones were flashed on the screen behind them. Like Peter, the other choir members hope someone out there might recognise and have information on their lost ones.

“If there is no hope, what will we have to live for…there will be nothing,” said Peter.

Echoing Cowell, one can only respect this unique choir for their strength and hope that shine through years of pain and anguish.