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Choirs set to raise the roof of Croydon’s Fairfield Halls as they compete in the first Audition of the national Choir of the Year competition!

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  • Fairfield Halls, Croydon, 8 March 2014, tickets from
  • Twenty top choirs from the South East competing including Housewives Inc and Veda Slovena Bulgarian Choir as well as Croydon based Mixed Melodyz and choirs from Coloma Convent Girls’ School
  • Expert judges Mary King (Channel 4’s Operatunity and Musicality) and Manvinder Rattan (BBC’s The Choir: Sing While you Work) will give live feedback
  • Opportunity for Audience Members to release their inner divas and get singing with west end vocal coach Stuart Barr
  • Big Big Sing - Get singing to celebrate the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games: two vocal workshops for all ages and abilities also taking place on the day

The Fairfield Halls on 8 March 2014 will be alive with music as the best singing groups from across the region converge to take part in the prestigious national Choir of the Year competition, broadcast by BBC TV and Radio.  Tickets cost just £5 [details below] and can be bought online at

Twenty talented singing groups with singers aged from 6-75 will be performing diverse repertoire spanning classical and contemporary choral music, pop arrangements and songs from around the world in an action packed day – including the opportunity for audience members to sing along with vocal coach Stuart Barr. A full list of competing choirs is given below.

The competition is the largest and most prestigious of its kind in the UK and this year the very best singing groups will compete for the accolade ‘Choir of the Year 2014’.  The Auditions are held at venues across the UK with only the very best choirs making it through to the next round, the Category Finals at London’s Festival Hall on 19 October. After that, just six choirs will make it through to the Grand Final at Manchester’s Bridgewater Hall on 7 December. The competition is recorded and broadcast by the BBC in special Choir of the Year programmes on BBC FOUR and BBC Radio 3.

Mary King, Choir of the Year 2014 Judge said: ‘Choir of the Year is a fantastic showcase for the UK’s rich choral tradition and it allows singers of all ages and abilities to flaunt their talent. It always has tremendous musical variety and I’m looking forward to hearing everything from Beethoven to Bulgarian folk arrangements. Alongside traditional and popular repertoire, Choir of the Year has a knack of reclaiming neglected jewels - so I can't wait for the entertainment to begin!’

Twitter: @ChoiroftheYear
Hashtag: #COTY
Telephone: 020 7221 788

Big Big Sing – Glasgow 2014 Cultural Programme
Do you love to sing? Always dreamt of being in a choir? The Big Big Sing is for YOU!

Choir of the Year is joining forces with Big Big Sing - a nationwide celebration of singing - to mark the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games. Members of the public can sign up to join in a workshop with an inspirational choirmaster who will get everyone singing Commonwealth style with brilliant sounds from Africa, the Caribbean, Samoa, Canada… Everyone is welcome – you don’t need any singing experience and you don’t need to read music – just come along, join in and sing up.

Participants can attend a Big Big Sing workshop in the morning and go to the Choir of the Year Audition for free in the afternoon or vice versa.
Big Big Sing workshops will take place from 11.30-13.00 and 14.30-16.00

Svend Brown, Director of Big Big Sing said:
‘At Big Big Sing our aim is to get as many people as possible singing and enjoying the health and wellbeing benefits of singing in 2014.  The Big Big Sing workshops at the Choir of the Year auditions are a fantastic way for us to connect with talented choirs across the country and we can’t wait to work with Choir of the Year and all the participants in this year’s competition over the next few months.’

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Ticket information

Tickets are available from The Fairfield Halls box office:

Morning Choir of the Year event - 9.30am – 1.30pm
Morning Big Big Sing workshop - 11.30am – 1.30pm

Afternoon Choir of the Year event - 2.30pm – 6.00pm
Afternoon Big Big Sing workshop - 2.30pm – 4.00pm

Tickets per audition session: £5
Big Big Sing Workshop Ticket: £5*

Only 100 tickets available for each Big Big Sing Workshop and each ticket includes access to one audition session during the day

Press information
George Eddy 020 7221 7883
Helen Price 020 7313 6273

Choirs competing in the Croydon audition are as follows:

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Housewives inc.



Wey Voices



Coloma Junior Chamber Choir



Cranleigh Prep School Chamber Choir



Emerald Choir



North London Collegiate Junior School Chamber Choir



Sir William Burrough Primary School



St Mary's Prittlewell School Senior Choir


Southend on Sea

Surbiton High Junior Girls' Chamber Choir



Mixed Melodyz Choir






The Jonas Singers



Veda Slovena Bulgarian Choir



Brighton and Hove High School Senior Choir



Holles Cadettes



Kent College Sedecim



Norbury Manor Choir



Osiris Ensemble



TGS Motet Choir



The St Cecilia Singers



Hashtag: #COTY
Telephone: 020 7221 788

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About Choir of the Year  (
Choir of the Year is the UK’s national amateur group singing competition and the most prestigious event of its kind – winning the competition is the ultimate achievement for any UK choir.

Since 1984 more than 130,000 singers of all ages have taken part in this biennial festival of singing, performing in a vast array of styles including pop, gospel, barbershop, classical and World music. Choirs perform to a live audience and have expert judges provide live feedback and written guidance notes following their performance.

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.

About the Big Big Sing (
An initiative of Glasgow UNESCO City of Music, Big Big Sing is set to be one of the highlights of the Glasgow 2014 Cultural Programme. It is funded by Spirit of 2012 Trust, Glasgow 2014, Creative Scotland, and Glasgow UNESCO City of Music. Today’s announcement reveals the first details of its UK-wide programme to promote singing in the run up to the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games, including the first in a series of Big Big Sing Days, the launch of the Big Big Commonwealth Songbook, and a Schools’ Songwriting Competition.

A series of Big Big Sing Days will be held across the country between February and July, welcoming participants of all ages and abilities to discover the joy of singing in some of the UK’s top music venues – no previous experience is required, singers can simply go along and enjoy a fun filled day packed with singing, workshops and a huge variety of music from across the Commonwealth.

Events kick off with Big Big Sing Days in Scotland’s largest cities before spreading across the UK. Choir of the Year will host Big Big Sing workshops as part of its 2014 audition days. 




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