The Choir of the Year competition, www.choiroftheyear.co.uk, 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 http://bit.ly/COYSemiFinal 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):
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
Cor y Cwm, Brynsadler, Pontyclun Rh.C.T
Methodist College Girls’ Choir, Belfast
Rainbow Connection Youth Choir, Doncaster
Ysgol Glanaethwy Juniors, Gwynedd, Wales
Choros Amici, Tutbury, Staffs
Les Sirenes, Glasgow
Surrey Hills Chamber Choir, Surrey
UCLAN Chamber Choir, University of Central Lancashire, Preston
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.’
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