Will Be The Last Choir Standing In Liverpool?
UK's Largest Amateur Singing Competition Comes to
BBC Radio 3 Choir of the Year, (www.choiroftheyear.co.uk)
the UK's largest amateur singing competition and the
inspiration behind BBC1's Last Choir Standing
is holding its prestigious Category Finals, featuring
the UK's top singing talent at the Liverpool Philharmonic
Hall on 8 and 9 November, as part of Liverpool European
Capital of Culture '08. Tickets are now on sale
at the Philharmonic Hall's box office: 0151 709 378
TV stars Aled Jones (Songs of Praise) and Suzi
Digby (Judge, Last Choir Standing) lead the two-day
singing extravaganza, providing top quality entertainment
for all the family including:
|| Pitch perfect performance:
24 of the finest amateur choirs in the country -
in styles from gospel and hip hop to barbershop
and traditional - attempt to out perform each other
as they sing to win a place at the Grand Final at
London's Royal Festival Hall on Sunday 7 December.
Choirs in the Category Finals have beaten over 180
others to reach this point. Only six will go through
to the Grand Final.
||Discovering their hidden singing
talent: Audience members can unleash their inner
popstar during audience sing-alongs and workshops.
||Live judges' feedback: Feel
the tension and witness the drama as Suzi Digby
and Howard Goodall, the Government's 'music
tsar' and composer of famous theme tunes including
Mr Bean, Blackadder and The Vicar
of Dibley provide live feedback on each choir's
performance. Which choirs will make it through to
the Grand Final?
||A building filled with song:
five children's choirs perfor throughout the weekend
in the foyer as part of Sing Up's Taking the
Stage [details below]
Aled Jones presenter and Choir of the Year host
said: "Liverpool has amazing singing heritage
from the Beatles and the Zutons through
to Liverpool and Everton football fans
singing their supporters' songs, and we're delighted
to be coming to the City for the Category Finals. We
look forward to welcoming as many people as possible
over the weekend, from singing fans to those just discovering
the variety of modern group singing - there will be
something for everyone."
The country is going choir crazy!
The whole country is going crazy for choirs and
singing with BBC's hit talent shows Last Choir
Standing, I'd Do Anything, and Any Dream
Will Do captivating people across the country.
Choral singing is the UK's most popular participatory
leisure activity. There are over 25,000 choirs, with
500,000 singers across the country reaching an audience
of 3m*. Regular group singing has proven health benefits,
from improved breathing capacity and better posture
to increased self-confidence and the feel good factor
that comes from singing your heart out with a group
of friends. * Figures supplied by TONSIL
Singing to win: The very best choirs reach the Category
Over 8,000 singers from 200 singing groups entered the
competition in auditions across the country. This number
has been whittled down to the final 24 Choirs, with
six choirs in each category - Youth, Adults, Children
and Open. The final 24 now compete to win their
Category and, along with two wildcards, go through to
the Grand Finals on 8 December.
Suzi Digby, BBC1 Last Choir Standing and Choir of
the Year Judge said: "I've been involved
in Choir of the Year for the last five years, it is
the foremost competition of its kind in the UK, the
standard of singing is exceptional. I am looking forward
to the weekend immensely and hope as many people as
possible will be able to join us in the audience and
revel in some amazing performances, as well as the hugely
popular workshops and sing-alongs."
Roger Wright, Controller, BBC Radio 3, said:
"BBC Radio 3 Choir of the Year brings together
singers from communities across the UK and demonstrates
how music is at the heart of people's lives. The Category
Finals are no exception, the standard and range of singing
over the weekend promises to be very high."
Sing Up! Taking the Stage
The public spaces within the Philharmonic Hall will
be alive with song, thanks to the competition teaming
up with Sing Up on a project called Taking the
Stage. Five children's choirs showcase both their performing
and composing skills. Each choir has devised their own
unique version of foundscapes and soundcapes,
composed by Barry Russell, which is a graphic
score that uses pictures, colours and symbols to suggest
sounds and rhythms.
TICKETS AND TIMINGS:
BBC Radio 3 Choir of the Year 2008 Category Finals at
the Liverpool Philharmonic Hall, Hope Street, Liverpool,
8 November: Youth Final 2.30 - 5.30pm, Adult Final 7
- 10 pm.
9 November: Children's Final 2.30 - 5.30pm. Open Final
- 7 - 10pm
£12. Each show is three hours with intervals.
Box Office: 0151 709 378
Live from Liverpool
Highlights of the Liverpool Category Finals are broadcast
on BBC Radio 3's The Choir on Sunday 16 November and
Sunday 23 November at 6.30pm, presented by Aled Jones.
The Grand Finals are broadcast on BBC Radio 3 on 8 December
and BBC Four - see TV Listings. For full information
about the competition, please visit www.choiroftheyear.co.uk
For high resolution images please contact Emma Macorison
at Kallaway [details below]
Press tickets for both the Category Finals and the Grand
Final in London, can be secured from Kallaway on 020 7221
020 7221 7883
BBC Radio 3
020 7765 5887
About BBC Radio 3 Choir of the Year - www.choiroftheyear.co.uk
BBC Radio 3 Choir of the Year encompasses a vast array
of musical styles and types of singing from barbershop
and gospel to pop, musical theatre and World music. More
than 5,000 singers from communities all over the country
took part in regional auditions, ensuring the competition
reflects the rich diversity of music-making in the UK.
Choirs receive live feedback from the expert judges as
soon as they have performed.
||Open Choirs - a new category
open to all choirs and singing groups from any musical
background. There are no upper or lower age limits
in this category and it's ideal for singing groups
who want to so something different - maybe songs
from the shows, songs from the charts or world music
- and for choirs who feel they don't fit the other
||Children's Choirs - Majority
of singers 14 and under.
||Youth Choirs - Majority of
singers 18 and under.
||Adult Choirs - Same or mixed
Sing Up and Choir of the Year - Taking the Stage
Taking the Stage encourages young singers to be creative
with their voices and perform with confidence. Sing Up
is the Music Manifesto National Singing Programme, produced
by Youth Music with AMV-BBDO, Faber Music and The Sage
Gateshead, supported by Government. It aims to raise the
status of singing and increase opportunities for primary
school children throughout the country to enjoy singing
as part of their everyday lives. The timetable for Taking
the Stage is as follows:
Saturday 8 November
Foxhill Primary School Choir - conducted by Sally Hey
St Mary's Junior Choir - conducted by Wendy Thompson
Sunday 9 November
Arts in Education Choir - conducted by Sophie Pascall
& Gillian Ramshaw
Cotswold Children's Senior Choir - conducted by Jacki
St Mary's Catholic Primary School - conducted by Ann Kowalska
foundscapes and soundscapes will be available to
download from the online national Sing Up Song Bank, www.singup.org,
from February 2009.
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