UK's top singing groups go head to head in the
Choir of the Year 2012
- Six choirs battle it out to win the most prestigious UK choral prize
- Judging panel including west end and Broadway star Ruthie Henshall, Greg
Beardsell and Mary King
- Broadcast on BBC Radio 3 and BBC FOUR in the run up to Christmas
As singing fever continues to spread across the nation, the UK’s most prestigious
choral competition Choir of the Year, (www.choiroftheyear.com) is preparing to bring
London alive with music at its climactic Grand Final featuring some of the UK’s top
Six of the UK’s leading vocal groups will battle it out to win the coveted title Choir of the
Year 2012 at the Royal Festival Hall on London's South Bank on Sunday 28 October
2012. Presented by Josie D’Arby and with special guest the Grammy Award winning
The Swingle Singers, each choir will impress judges with their unique styles and
Over 5,000 singers from 138 singing groups entered the competition in auditions across
the country. They have been whittled down to the final 6 choirs, with four choirs from
each category – Youth, Adult, Children and Open – plus two ‘Wildcard’ winners left
standing. They are:
- Children's Category winner: Lindley Junior School Choir - HUDDERSFIELD
- Adult Category winner: Surrey Hills Chamber Choir - EWEL
- Youth Category winner: Methodist College Girls’ Choir - BELFAST
- Open Category winner: Oxford Gargoyles - OXFORD
- Wildcard: Ysgol Glanaethwy Senior Choir - BANGOR
- Wildcard: Les Sirènes - GLASGOW
From a slick jazz a cappella ensemble from Oxford University, to an angelic primary
school choir from Huddersfield the Grand Finalists will offer something for all musical
Broadcast on BBC Four on Tuesday 13 November (time TBC) the Choir of the Year
and on BBC Radio 3 the Grand Final promises to be an infectious celebration of
singing, with opportunities for all the family to join in. The day includes:
- Outstanding performance: Six of the finest amateur choirs and vocal groups in
the country attempt to out perform each other as they sing to win the overall title of
Choir of the Year 2012.
- Discovering hidden singing talent: Audience members can unleash their inner
popstar during our audience workshop led by the world famous Swingle Singers
- Live judges' feedback: Feel the tension and witness the drama as our expert
judges including west end and Broadway star Ruth Henshall, Greg Beardsell,
musical director of the National Youth Choirs of Great Britain, and Mary King,
broadcaster and Director of the Southbank Centre’s Voicelab, provide live feedback
on each choir's performance.
- A building filled with song: Before the show, the general public is invited to join
our vocal workshop for all-comers, with guest tutors and performances from recent
graduates of two ‘Learn to Sing’ courses led by Making Music and the British
Association of Barbershop Singers. From 13.00-14.30 in the Clore Ballroom, free
Singing is the UK’s most popular participatory group activity after sport. There are over
25,000 choirs, with 500,000 singers across the country reaching an audience of 3m*.
Regular group singing has proven health benefits, from improved breathing capacity
and better posture to increased self-confidence and the feel good factor that comes
from singing your heart out with a group of friends. * Figures supplied by TONSIL.
Choir of the Year is supported by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.
TICKETS AND TIMINGS:
The Grand Final of Choir of the Year 2012, takes place at the Royal Festival Hall,
Belvedere Road, London, SE1 8XX
- Sunday 28 October, 3pm
- Tickets from £13-£25
- The show is three hours with an interval
- Box Office: 0844 875 0073 / www.southbankcentre.co.uk
Live from London
The Grand Final will be broadcast on BBC FOUR on 13 November – see TV listings –
and on BBC Radio 3 (date and time TBC).
For full information about the competition, please visit www.choiroftheyear.com
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- Children’s Choirs - Majority of singers age 12 and under.
- Youth Choirs - Majority of singers age 18 and under.
- Adult Choirs – Same or mixed voices.
- Open Choirs - There are no upper or lower age limits in this category. It's ideal for
singing groups which include children and adults, specialise in a particular cultural
tradition or style of repertoire or simply want to do something a little bit different.
About Choir of the Year (www.choiroftheyear.com)
Choir of the Year is the UK’s national amateur group singing competition and the
foremost competition of its kind – winning the competition is the ultimate achievement
for any UK choir.
138 choirs of all ages and music styles performed at regional auditions at major venues
across the UK from January to March 2012. The sixteen category finalists selected from
the auditions competed to win a place in the Grand Final at the Bridgewater Hall on 6
October. Competing choirs receive live feedback from expert judges at every stage of
Since 1984 more than 130,000 singers of all ages have taken part in Choir of the Year,
a biennial festival of singing, performing in a vast array of styles – pop, gospel,
barbershop, classical and World music. It is FREE to enter and choirs get to perform to
a live audience and have expert judges provide live feedback and written guidance
notes following the heat. Choir of the Year is more than a competition and helps choirs
to become the best they can, providing the opportunity for singers of all ages and
backgrounds to meet and exchange ideas, it raises the aspirations of thousands of
singers by promoting teamwork, dedication and a passion for singing.
Choir of the Year is supported by the National Lottery through Arts Council England and
by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland.
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