Kallaway has announced the opening of Choir of the Year 2014.
Auditions will take place around the UK from March to June in Middlesbrough, London, Bristol, Leeds, Basingstoke, Warwick, Norwich and Glasgow. Any amateur choir of eight to 100 singers can take part.
The top sixteen choirs will go through to the category finals at the Royal Festival Hall on 19 October, from which six grand finalists will compete for the title at the Bridgewater Hall on 7 December, broadcast on BBC Radio and TV.
The competition is this year working with Big Big Sing, part of the Glasgow 2014 cultural programme for the Commonwealth Games, to run two workshops at each audition day. Members of the public can attend a Big Big Sing workshop in the morning and go to the Choir of the Year audition for free in the afternoon, or vice versa.
Ken Burton, judge for Choir of the Year 2014, and recent judge for BBC’s The Choir: Sing while you Work’ said: ‘The UK has a world-class choral tradition which continues to grow and evolve and it’s fantastic that there has been an explosion of new choirs in recent years. Choir of the Year brings together established choirs and new groups seeking a challenge, and provides a platform to celebrate the wealth and diversity of singing talent in communities across the UK.
‘The auditions are a great day of singing for choirs and audiences alike. As judges we aim to give positive and constructive feedback which builds confidence and would encourage any choir to give it a go!’
Places are still available at the Warwick, London (St John’s Smith Square), Norwich and Glasgow auditions. All other audition days are now full.
2 March – Middlesbrough Town Hall
8 March – Fairfield Halls, Croydon
30 March – Colston Hall, Bristol
6 April – Leeds Town Hall
27 April – The Anvil, Basingstoke
10 May – Warwick Arts Centre
11 May – London St John’s, Smith Square (TBC)
17 May – St Andrew’s Halls, Norwich
22 June – Glasgow City Halls
19 October – Category finals, Royal Festival Hall, London
7 December – Grand finals, Bridgewater Hall, Manchester