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The UKís most prestigious choral competition heads to Manchesterís Bridgewater Hall with Gareth Malone

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  • Inspirational choirmaster Gareth Malone to host the final of the nation’s choral competition for BBC Four
  • Six choir finalists from across the UK battle it out to win the most prestigious UK choral prize, singing show stopping musical styles from classic to contemporary
  • Expert judges include: Paul Mealor, composer for the Royal Wedding and the Military Wives Colleges; Angel Blue, a leading American soprano; Mary King, acclaimed vocal coach and broadcaster and Greg Beadsell, talented conductor and broadcaster
  • Final: 5.00pm Sunday 7 December
  • Recorded for broadcast on BBC Four on Friday 12 December at 7.30pm, presented by Gareth Malone with Josie D’Arby following the choirs through the day
  • Highlights of the competition broadcast on BBC Radio 3’s ‘The Choir’
  • TICKETS AVAILABLE NOW from The Bridgewater Hall Box Office 0161 907 9000 or website:
  • Address: Bridgewater Hall, Lower Mosley Street, Manchester, M2 3WS
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Six of the UK’s top amateur choirs are set to compete in Manchester for the coveted title Choir of the Year 2014 following a nationwide search.

Choir of the Year, (, the UK’s largest amateur singing competition, is holding its prestigious Finals featuring the UK’s top choral talent at the magnificent Bridgewater Hall in Manchester on 7 December. Tickets are officially on sale starting at £15 and half price for under 16 year olds [see details below] and can be bought online fromThe Bridgewater HallBox Office (0161 907 9000) or website:

The exciting conclusion to Choir of the Year 2014 will be recorded for broadcast on BBC Four on Friday 12 December, presented by Gareth Malone from the stage, with Josie D’Arby getting insights and reactions from the choirs. BBC Radio 3 will broadcast highlights of the full competition as part of its flagship programme ‘The Choir’ throughout November and December (full listings below).

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 six of the UK’s leading vocal groups remain and will be travelling to Manchester 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 winning choirs

Full list of Finalist Choirs (Sorted by Category):
Children’s Category Winner
Ysgol Glanaethwy Junior Choir, Bangor

Youth Category Winner
Singers Limited, High Wycombe

Adult Category Winner
Northern Spirit Singers, Durham

Open Category Winner
Rainbow Connection Singers, Doncaster

Wild Card Winners
Côr CF1, Cardiff
The Oxford Gargoyles, Oxford

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 proceeding to the Category Finals.

In the final the choirs will be judged by a panel of four highly accredited judges: Paul Mealor, composer for the Royal Wedding and the Military Wives, Angel Blue, a leading American soprano; and Mary King, acclaimed vocal coach and broadcaster and Greg Beadsell, talented conductor and broadcaster.

The Final will be recorded by the BBC and broadcast as a special Choir of the Year 2014 programme on BBC Four on Friday 12 December, presented by award-winning choirmaster Gareth Malone with BBC Young Musician and BBC Cardiff Singer presenter Josie D’Arby.

BBC Radio 3’s The Choir will broadcast highlights of the competition as follows:

  • Children’s Category: Sunday 16 November, 4pm
  • Open Category: Sunday 23 November, 4pm
  • Youth Category: Sunday 30 November, 4pm
  • Adult Category: Sunday 7 December, 4pm
  • Final: Sunday 14 December, 4pm

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 Bridgewater Hall
5:00pm – Final
£15 - £27
Tickets half price for children aged 16 years old and under
Box office: 0161 907 9000

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Press information
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For information about the BBC Four and BBC Radio 3 coverage of Choir of the Year contact Madeleine Castell – / 0203 614 3888

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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