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Amateur choirs needed for The Great British Prom Choir Competition

PUBLISHED: 10:24 07 March 2017

Only Men Aloud to perform at Bowood

Only Men Aloud to perform at Bowood

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The winning choir of The Great British Prom Choir Competition will perform "Jerusalem" with the National Symphony Orchestra, Philippa Healey and Only Men Aloud at Bowood House on August 6 2017

Revival Productions is delighted to announce that all amateur choirs based in or around Wiltshire have the opportunity to enter a competition to perform live at the inaugural Great British Prom at Bowood House on 6 August 2017.

The Great British Prom will see the National Symphony Orchestra, one of the leading orchestras in the country, perform a veritable feast of iconic and rousing anthems from all corners of the United Kingdom. Conducted by world-famous Anthony Inglis, the orchestra will be accompanied by globally renowned soprano Philippa Healey, Classical Brit Award-winning Welsh vocal group Only Men Aloud and a traditional Scottish pipe band. Furthermore, the concert will culminate in a spectacular firework display, choreographed to the music in the delightful outdoor setting of Bowood.

This once in a lifetime competition is open to all amateur choirs in or around Wiltshire; be they from colleges, Women’s Institutes, local communities or the emergency services. However, as this will be an evening performance all choir members must be over 18 years of age.

Entrants are simply asked to visit: www.greatbritishprom.co.uk/choir-competition, fill in the simple form and post a one minute video of them singing a song of their choice by 29 April 2017. A shortlist of five choirs will be announced on Monday May 8. Anthony Inglis will have the final decision on the winning choir, taking into account the number of “likes” each member of the shortlist receives on The Great British Prom’s Facebook page. The winning choir will be announced on June 14 and will be required to attend rehearsals at Bowood on the afternoon of the concert.

Firework finale (c) Chris Taylor PhotoFirework finale (c) Chris Taylor Photo

In addition to singing “Jerusalem” during the main part of the performance with the National Symphony Orchestra, Philippa Healey and Only Men Aloud, the winning choir will also have the opportunity to perform at the start of the concert before the main programme begins. Furthermore, they will feature in the concert programme and each member of the choir will receive a complimentary ticket for a guest to witness their performance.

Anthony Inglis commented: “Truly memorable live performances are those that witness a real connection between the performers and the audience. I am very much looking forward to discovering the talent of the local amateur choirs and performing with them. This competition adds an exciting dynamic to The Great British Prom, which should create a magical atmosphere and a night to remember.”

Lisa Ward, Director of Revival Productions, added: “We are so pleased to be bringing the Great British Prom to Bowood and want it to become a permanent fixture in the local social calendar, rather like Blickling where we have been performing for six years. By giving amateur choirs this once in a lifetime opportunity to perform with the National Symphony Orchestra and the other amazing artists, we want to involve the local community and add something unique to the programme.”

The Great British Prom will also be visiting Bolesworth Castle in Cheshire on Saturday September 2, Blickling Estate in Norfolk on Saturday August 12 and Knebworth House in Hertfordshire on Sunday August 20. Similar competitions will be taking place at each venue.

For full event details and tickets visit www.revival-productions.co.uk or call the event box office on 01630 674342.

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