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Britainís top Choirs go head-to-head in London

UK’s Most Prestigious Choral Competition Comes to Royal Festival Hall for
Semi-Finals Join the search for Choir of the Year 2014

  • TICKETS AVAILABLE NOW from Southbank Centre website
  • Royal Festival Hall, London, Sunday, 19 October 2014
  • Choral spectacular includes singers of all ages from eight to 80 with show stopping musical stylesfrom classic to contemporary
  • Expert judges Paul Mealor, composer for the Royal Wedding and the Military Wives, Joy Hill, Director of junior choirs at the Royal College of Music, and Stephen Connolly, ex-Kings Singer and Head of Vocal Studies at The Cheltenham Ladies Colleges
  • Presented talented young conductor and broadcaster Greg Beardsell
  • Join in and learn vocal pyrotechniques with special guest Shlomo - Internationally acclaimed beatboxer and World Loopstation Champion
  • Children and Open Final at 1400hrs, Adult and Youth Final at 1900hrs
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Choir of the Year, (, the UK’s largest amateur singing competition, is holding its prestigious Category Finals featuring the UK’s top choral talent at the magnificent Royal Festival Hall in London on 19 October. Tickets are officially on sale starting at £6.50 [see details below] and can be bought online fromthe Southbank Centre website -

BBC Radio 3 will broadcast highlights of the event as part of their flagship show The Choir throughout November.

Throughout 2014 a team of expert singing judges have scoured the UK from Aberdeen to Guernsey seeing over 150 choirs of every size and style. Now just sixteen of the UK’s leading vocal groups remain and will be travelling to London from far and wide in a bid to get one step closer to winning the coveted title Choir of the Year 2014.  

At the end of the day the judges will reveal the six choirs going through to the Grand Finals at Manchester’s Bridgewater Hall on 7 December.

The audience can also join in the singing and put their voices to the test in a masterclass from internationally acclaimed beatboxer and vox-master, Shlomo. As winner of the World Loopstation Championships, Shlomo brings a different approach to using the voice for everyone to enjoy.

Full list of Category Finalists (Sorted by Category):
Children’s Category
North London Collegiate Junior School Chamber Choir
Lindley Junior School Choir, Huddersfield
Westminster Boys’ Choir, London
Ysgol Glanaethwy Junior Choir, Bangor

Youth Category
Cantabile Youth Choir, Nuneaton
Lincoln Minster School Chamber Choir
Singers Limited, High Wycombe
Voices of Lions, London

Adult Category
Côr CF1, Cardiff
Côr Meibion Rhosllannerchrugog, Rhos, North Wales
Northern Spirit Singers, Durham
Salvacosta, Dorset

Open Category
The Oxford Gargoyles
Holles Singers, London
Rainbow Connection Singers, Doncaster
Ysgol Glanaethwy Senior Choir, Bangor

Choir of the Year is the largest competition of its kind in the UK, attracting the very best amateur groups who compete for the number one accolade in choral singing. The competition’s first rounds were held at venues across the UK, with only a select sixteen groups now proceeding to the Category Finals. Here the choirs will be judged by a panel of three highly accredited judges: Paul Mealor, composer for the Royal Wedding and the Military Wives, Joy Hill, Director of Junior Choirs at the Royal College of Music, and Stephen Connolly, ex-Kings Singer and Head of Vocal Studies at The Cheltenham Ladies College. Much is at stake with only six choirs - one from each category and two “wildcards” - proceeding to the Grand Final at Bridgewater Hall, Manchester, on 7 December. The final will be recorded and broadcast by the BBC in a special Choir of the Year 2014 programme on BBC FOUR. The Category Finals are presented by Greg Beardsell with special guest Shlomo.

Expert Judge, Paul Mealor, said:
'I'm so thrilled to be helping judge this fantastic event again in 2014 - something I've followed and loved for years! This competition really shows off the very best in choral singing and lets the world see and hear how great Britain’s choirs are.'

Ticket Details:
The day will be split into two sessions
2:00pm – Children’s and Open Category Final
7:00pm – Youth and Adult Category Final
Tickets from just £6.50

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

The 2014 competition categories are:

  • Children’s Choirs - Majority of singers 12 and under
  • Youth Choirs - Majority of singers 18 and under
  • Adult Choirs
  • 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.

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

Over 150 choirs of all ages and music styles performed at regional auditions at major venues across the UK from March to June 2014. The sixteen category finalists selected from the auditions are now trying to win a place in the Grand Final in Manchester at Bridgewater Hall on 7 December, broadcast by BBC FOUR. Competing choirs receive live feedback from esteemed judges at each event.

Since 1984 more than 135,000 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. In the audition round, all choirs get to perform to a live audience and have expert judges provide live feedback and written guidance notes. 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 Peter Sowerby Foundation


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