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About Choir of the Year

Choir of the Year is a UK-wide choral competition open to any amateur choir of between 8 and 100 singers. Founded in 1984, it celebrates our world-class choral tradition through a series of live events and BBC television and radio broadcasts.

Every two years Choir of the Year brings together choirs of all ages, music styles and backgrounds for a series of live Audition days. This is a great opportunity for choirs to pick up new performance and repertoire ideas, sing to a large audience and be supportive critics of each other. Our expert judges are tasked with providing constructive feedback which highlight choirs' qualities and achievements as well as suggestions for further development.

We would encourage any choir come along and take part, be they experienced competitors or a new group wanting to try a new challenge.

Following the Auditions, the best choirs go forward to the Finals and national acclaim. Many of our past winners have told us how success in the competition has opened up a range of exciting performance, broadcast and recording opportunities.

All our events are open to the public and include group warm-ups and singing for all the audience, so that friends and family can get involved too.

Competition Stages in brief

All 2014 audition venues are full except Glasgow and Norwich. Please call 020 7221 7883 for information.

1. Auditions

These will take place from March to May 2014 and this year will be held at

Saturday 8 March - Fairfield Halls, Croydon
Sunday 30 March - Colston Hall, Bristol
Sunday 6 April - Leeds Town Hall
Sunday 27 April - The Anvil, Basingstoke
Saturday 10 May - Warwick Arts Centre
Sunday 11 May - St John’s Smith Square, London
Saturday 17 May - St Andrew’s Halls, Norwich
Sunday 22 June – Glasgow City Halls

If your choir is based in Northern Ireland please email to register your interest.

The day is divided into two sessions with between 8 and 10 choir competing in each session. At the end of each section the adjudicators announce the ‘Choirs of the Day’ which go through to the next round, National Selection.


There is no minimum or maximum number of Choirs of the Day – the judges will put through any group they feel should be considered at the next stage.

2. National Selection
The National Selection Stage is effectively a moderation round where a panel of adjudicators listen again to recordings of all of the Choirs of the Day. They will select four choirs in each category to go through to the Category Finals. This stage does not include a public event.

3. Category Finals
Four choirs in each category will perform at the Royal Festival Hall, London, on 19 October 2014. There will be two events – the Children and Open Finals and the Youth and Adult Finals. Judges will select one winner in each category plus two ‘Wildcards’, selected from the remaining finalists, to go on to the Grand Final.

4. Grand Final
The six finalists will compete for the title Choir of the Year 2014 at Manchester’s Bridgewater Hall on 7 December 2014, broadcast on BBC Radio and TV.

Performance requirements and judging

There is no set repertoire for Choir of the Year.

We encourage choirs to demonstrate their versatility via programmes which demonstrate a variety of styles, techniques, changes of mood or pace. If your choir sings a particular style of repertoire then perform a programme that demonstrates the range of music within that.

Choirs should not feel obliged to include material which is outside their usual range or to perform choreographed pieces if they do not normally. The most important thing is to do what you do best!


Most choirs choose to perform without music scores, but it is not a requirement to sing from memory.

The judges at each round of the competition mark performances on the following criteria:

• Technical achievement
• Musicality
• Performance

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