| The competition
The adjudicators at each round of the competition will
be judging your performance on the following criteria:
We encourage choirs to demonstrate their versatility via
programmes which demonstrate a variety of styles, 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. The adjudicators recognise
that many choirs sing a particular style of repertoire.
Most choirs choose to perform without music scores, but
it is not essential to sing from memory.
Do not feel obliged to include material which is outside
your choir's usual range or to perform choreographed pieces
if you dont normally.
The most important thing is to do what you do best!
Stuart Barr, one of the judges for BBC Radio 3 Choir of
the Year 2008, shares his observations on the last competition:
Being a judge on Choir of the Year is a tough
job, such is the talent in the competition. So varied
were the styles and musical choices that we were forced
to step back and really question what makes a top choir.
Some choirs are good at rehearsal discipline and attention
to detail. Some relish the adrenalin and truly rise to
the occasion of singing in front of 1,000 people. Others
ooze sheer musicality in every phrase they sing. Yet when
we found a choir that excelled at all three, we were won
over almost immediately - as were the audiences.
One of the highlights was the number of good youth choirs
coming through: by far the biggest category in 2008. It's
so good to see teenagers coming together to make music
to such a high standard - it gets to the core of why music
making is such a positive force for society."
Meet the Judges