A popular youth choir which has been receiving funding from Youth Music through its Vocalise programme has made it to the final of the prestigious Choir of the Year 2010 competition.
Warwickshire Boys Choir, which grew out of a project funded by the charity, received a wildcard place in the final, alongside five other winning groups.
Run by the Warwickshire County Music Service, the Vocalise-funded project was originally set up by boys’ singing groups in the county and is open to all youths aged from eight to 13 years.
And this recent success comes just two years after the choir’s conception.
More than 150 choirs of all ages and music styles involving 6,000 singers entered this year’s competition and now finalists in four categories – Children, Youth, Adult and Open – and two wildcards will battle it out to become Choir of the Year 2010.
Just one choir will walk away with the winner’s trophy and a BBC Radio 3 commission.
The winning choir has to impress a panel of expert judges including Eric Whitacre, Mary King and Ken Burton, while the event will be presented by Aled Jones and includes performances by the BBC Singers conducted by David Hill.
“The competition embraces everything I believe about singing in a choir – that singing is for absolutely everyone and that every style should be celebrated and enjoyed.” Eric Whitacre explained.
The winning choir will receive a special trophy and a commission for a new choral work by a composer of their choice, sponsored by BBC Radio 3.
Hear the results at 7.00pm tonight on BBC Radio 3 and watch the highlights on BBC Four at 8.00pm on Saturday 4th December
Choir of the Year, the UK’s largest singing competition, was created by Kallaway in 1984 as a platform to celebrate the best in amateur choral singing. Since the competition began more than 125,000 singers from over 2,000 choirs have taken part.
The choirs are judged on their musicality, performance and technical achievement and given live feedback by the panel of judges.
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