Manchester plays host to semi finals of Choir of the Year contest

The Choir of the Year competition,, is the largest amateur singing contest in the UK, and the prestigious category finals that will feature the top singing talent in Britain, is to be held at Manchester’s majestic Bridgewater Hall on the 6th of October.

Tickets are now on sale and start at £10. They can be bought online from Bridgewater Hall box office at or by calling 0844 907 900.

Throughout 2012 a team of expert singing judges have scoured the UK from Belfast to Basingstoke seeing over 130 choirs of every size and style. Now just sixteen of the UK’s leading vocal groups remain and will be travelling to Manchester from far and wide to battle it out to become winners in their category and find out if they are one step closer to winning the coveted title Choir of the Year 2012.

Immerse yourself in song with extraordinary performances ranging from Classical to Glee-style numbers which will have you on the edge of your seat waiting to find out which six of the sixteen singing groups will make it through to the Grand Finals in London at the Royal Festival Hall on 28 October.
Full list of Category Finalists (Sorted by Category):
Children’s Category

Four Oaks Cluster Choir, Sutton Coldfield, West Midlands

Heathmount School Bax Choir, Watton at Stone, Herts

Lindley Junior School Choir, Lindley, Huddersfield

Rosendale Chamber Choir, South Norwood, London

Youth Category

Cor y Cwm, Brynsadler, Pontyclun Rh.C.T

Methodist College Girls’ Choir, Belfast

Rainbow Connection Youth Choir, Doncaster

Ysgol Glanaethwy Juniors, Gwynedd, Wales

Adult Category

Choros Amici, Tutbury, Staffs

Les Sirenes, Glasgow

Surrey Hills Chamber Choir, Surrey

UCLAN Chamber Choir, University of Central Lancashire, Preston

Open Category

The Alleycats, St Andrews, Fife

The Oxford Gargoyles, Oxford

The Voice Squad, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk

Ysgol Glanaethwy Senior Choir, Gwynedd, Wales

The Choir of the Year Competition is the largest competition of its kind in the UK, attracting the very best singing groups who compete for the accolade ‘Choir of the Year’. The Competition’s first rounds were held at venues across the UK, with only a select sixteen groups proceeding to the Category Finals. Here the choirs will be judged by a panel of three highly accredited judges: Shirley Court, Stuart Barr and Paul Mealor.

Much is at stake with only six choirs – one from each category and two “wildcards” – proceeding to the Grand Final at the Royal Festival Hall, London, on 28 October where west end and Broadway star Ruthie Henshall is confirmed to be a judge. The competition is recorded and broadcast by the BBC in a special Choir of the Year 2012 programme on BBC FOUR.

Paul Mealor said: ‘I’m so thrilled to be helping judge this fantastic event – 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 our choirs really are.’
Ticket Details:
The day will be split into two sessions

Morning: starts 2:00pm – Children’s and Open Category Finals

Afternoon: starts 7:00pm – Youth and Adult Category Finals

Tickets from just £10