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The UK’s biggest group singing competition heads to Birmingham’s Symphony Hall in search of the Choir of the Year 2016 Finalists

  • Category Finals for Choir of the Year competition take place on Sunday 16 October 2016 at Birmingham’s Symphony Hall
  • Presented by popular choral conductor and composer Greg Beardsell
  • Singers from age six - 80 will sing to reach the finals of the country’s most prestigious choral competition, with styles ranging from barbershop to jazz, from sacred songs to show stoppers
  • Expert judges are Mary King, acclaimed vocal coach and broadcaster, Will Todd, celebrated composer, presenter and conductor and Stephen Connolly, award-winning performer and former Kings Singer
  • Children and Open Category Finals take place at 2.00pm, Adult and Youth Category Finals at 7.00pm
  • Grand Final takes place at Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff on Saturday 3 December, 5pm
  • CATEGORY FINALS TICKETS AVAILABLE NOW from Birmingham Symphony Hall box office and website www.thsh.co.uk
  • For more information or images please contact Hayley.fletcher@kallaway.com or call 0207 221 7883

16 of the best singing groups in the UK will battle it out on Sunday 16 October at  Birmingham’s Symphony Hall for Category Finals of the National Choir of the Year 2016 competition, broadcast on BBC Radio 3. Tickets to this singing spectacular, which features live feedback from the judges, are on sale now at www.thsh.co.uk.

Finalists include choirs from across Britain, and as far afield as Northern Ireland and Jersey. These 16 groups have won through from the 160 Choirs who took part in the audition rounds earlier this year. It is the first time the 16 Category Finalists will have faced each other and the stakes are high as they bid to out perform each other and become one of the six to win their place in the Grand Final.

Choral talent appears to be on the rise in the UK with newcomers to the competition making up half the category finalists. These include The Adam Street Singers, aCentral London based choir that came to international attention with a viral flash mob video that received 1.8 million hits. They will be singing to win against competition veterans, ajazz acappella group The Oxford Gargoles, European ladies’ barbershop champions The White Rosettes from Leeds and a show choir from Doncaster, the Rainbow Connection Singers. Similarly, three of the entrants in the children’s choir, Perfect Pitch, Musical Originals Training Choir and Macosquin Primary School Senior Choir are also new to this over thirty year old National wide competition.

The 16 October competition will feature live feedback back from the judges including Mary King, Will Todd and Stephen Connolly. This adds extra excitement and provides the audience additional insights to the performances. The judges will choose a winner in each category plus two ‘wild cards’ to go forward to the Grand Final at the magnificent Wales Millennium Centre in Cardiff on 3 December 2016.

Tickets to the Category Finals are £16.50 - £24.50 [details below] and can be bought online or at the Birmingham Symphony Hall box office.

Greg Beardsell quote:  'I'm so thrilled to be presenting this fantastic event again - something I've followed and loved for years! This competition is such good fun; it really shows off the very best in choral singing and lets the world see and hear how great Britain’s choirs are. Each year I am blown away by the talent we find across the nation!'

Grand Final - Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff, Saturday 3 December, 5pm
The six top choirs in the country – four category winners and two ‘wildcard’ choices from the Category Finals – will compete to become the 2016 National Choir of the Year. Hosted by TV presenter Josie D’Arby and West End, Broadway and TV star Julian Ovenden, the Grand Final will be filmed by BBC Four for broadcast.

Full list of Category Finalists (Sorted by Category):

Choir Performers Category Choir home base

Perfect Pitch

32

Children

Derbyshire

Musical Originals Training Choir

25

Children

Jersey

Macosquin Primary Senior School Choir

37

Children

Coleraine

Kent College Choristers

43

Children

Canterbury

Musical Originals Singers

22

Youth

Jersey

Côr y Cwm

49

Youth

Rondda Valley

Côr Heol y March

40

Youth

Cardiff

Wells Cathedral School Choralia

24

Youth

Wells

Grosvenor Chorale

30

Adult

Belfast

Johns Boys

40

Adult

Wrexham

Voices of Hope

20

Adult

Newcastle

Wellensian Choralia

18

Adult

Wells

Adam Street Singers

29

Open

London

Oxford Gargoyles

12

Open

Oxford

Rainbow Connection Singers

28

Open

Doncaster

White Rosettes

65

Open

Leeds


 

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Notes to editors

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Ticket Information
Tickets available from Birmingham Symphony box office: www.thsh.co.uk
14.00 – Children’s and Open Category Final
15.00 – Youth and Adult Category Final

For any further press information, or to arrange interviews, please get in touch with:
Hayley Fletcher hayley.fletcher@kallaway.com or Georgina Church georgina.church@kallaway.com
Telephone: 020 7221 7883

About Choir of the Year  (www.choiroftheyear.com

Choir of the Year is the UK’s national amateur choral 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 be, 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.






 
 
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