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October 18, 2012

Swingle Singers host BBC's Choir of the Year show

As singing fever continues to spread across the nation, the UK’s most prestigious choral competition Choir of the Year, is preparing to bring London alive with music at its climactic Grand Final featuring some of the UK’s top singing talent.

Six of the UK’s leading vocal groups will battle it out to win the coveted title Choir of the Year 2012 at the Royal Festival Hall on London's South Bank on Sunday 28 October 2012. Presented by Josie D’Arby and with special guest the Grammy Award winning The Swingle Singers, each choir will impress judges with their unique styles and challenging repertoire.

Over 5,000 singers from 138 singing groups entered the competition in auditions across the country. They have been whittled down to the final 6 choirs, with four choirs from each category – Youth, Adult, Children and Open – plus two ‘Wildcard’ winners left standing.

From a slick jazz a cappella ensemble from Oxford University, to an angelic primary school choir from Huddersfield the Grand Finalists will offer something for all musical tastes.

Singing is the UK’s most popular participatory group activity after sport. 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.

Choir of the Year is supported by the National Lottery through Arts Council England. Read more.

Posted by acapnews at October 18, 2012 12:00 AM