1,000 choirs entered the competition, which follows BBC talent searches to find Maria, Joseph and Nancy and Oliver in the series How Do You Solve A Problem Like Maria?, Any Dream Will Do and I’d Do Anything.
It will be presented by former Hear’Say singer Myleene Klass and Nick Knowles of DIY SOS.
The choir was formed eight years ago, when Cheshire County Council arts officer Claire Smith teamed up with Chester-born musician Matt Baker for a new project. She said: “I was working part-time after having my second son and we decided to form a choir. I literally went round my friends asking if they fancied singing, particularly those who had small children because I knew they would want a break. “Out of 40 houses on my street, there are 20 Handbags members. It was supposed to be a 10-week project but after that it just carried on and on.”
The Handbags’ repertoire includes songs by Kylie, Judy Garland, the Mamas and Papas and Queen.
The Handbags have been fitting rehearsals around day jobs including teachers, company directors, translators and full-time mums. Ten members are also taking part in the Chester Mystery Plays this week.