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Choirs set to raise the roof of Leeds Town Hall as they compete in the audition phase of the national Choir of the Year competition!

  • Leeds Town Hall, Sunday 6th April 2014, TICKETS:bit.ly/MxVXs9
  • Twenty top choirs from across the North of England and North Wales including 2012 children’s choir winner Lindley Junior School Choir (Huddersfield) and the newly formed Rock Up and Sing from Harrogate.
  • Expert judges Ken Burton (BBC’s Sing While you Work) and Gillian Dibden MBE (international choral prize-winner) will give live feedback
  • Opportunity for Audience Members to release their inner divas and get singing with leading young conductor and broadcaster Greg Beardsell.

Leeds Town Hall on 6th April 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 bit.ly/MxVXs9

Twenty talented singing groups with singers aged from 6-90 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 conductor Greg Beardsell. 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.

Ken Burton, Choir of the Year 2014 Judge said:

Since 1994, when my own choir won the competition, I have been proud to be a regular judge for Choir of the Year. It’s one of the few competitions that allow those of all ages and music styles to compete, whilst retaining a level of excellence across all of the participating groups. I am always struck by the versatility of the choirs, not knowing which musical genre they have adapted and arranged. The Audition round is full of trepidation for both the judges and the choirs, and I cannot wait to see what happens!'

Twitter: @ChoiroftheYear
Hashtag: #COTY2014
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Email: info@choiroftheyear.com
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. All choirs and audience members will participate in a Big Big Sing workshop as part of the audition session that 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.

Find out more at www.bigbigsing.org

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Ticket information

Tickets are available from Leeds Town Hall box office:
bit.ly/MxVXs9

Morning Choir of the Year event: 9.30am – 1.30pm
Morning Big Big Sing workshop: 10.30am – 12 noon

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*

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

Press information
George Eddy george.eddy@kallaway.com 020 7221 7883
Helen Price helen@choiroftheyear.com 020 7313 6273

Choirs competing in the Leeds audition are as follows:

Choir Category Choir home base

Just Midnight

Adult

Stockport

Lindley Junior School Choir

Children

Huddersfield

The Lace City Chorus

Open

Nottingham

Heartbeat Chorus

Adult

Hale

Lindley Community Choir

Open

Huddersfield

Tees Valley Youth Choir

Youth

Teesside

Cantores

Youth

Accrington

Mansfield and District Male Voice Choir

Adult

Mansfield

Rock Up and Sing! Youth

Youth

Harrogate

Leeds Vocal Movement

Adult

Leeds

The Singers

Youth

Mansfield

Ysgol Glanaethwy Junior Choir

Children

Bangor

Sutton Coldfield Youth Voices

Youth

Sutton Coldfield

Leeds Cathedral Junior Girls’ Choir

Children

Leeds

Laurel Lane Singers

Children

Stockport

Ysgol Glanaethwy Senior Choir

Youth

Bangor

Cor Aethwy

Adult

Bangor

St Aidan’s Chamber Choir

Youth

Harrogate

Masquerade

Children

Barton Seagrave, Kettering

St Chad’s CE Primary School Choir

Children

Saddleworth


Twitter:
@ChoiroftheYear
Hashtag: #COTY
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/choiroftheyear
Email: info@choiroftheyear.com
Telephone: 020 7221 788

For further information please visit http://www.choiroftheyear.com.

About Choir of the Year  (www.choiroftheyear.com)
 
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 (www.bigbigsing.com)

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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