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Calling Cheshire choirs: enter the Great British Prom Competition and sing with a top orchestra at Bolesworth

PUBLISHED: 00:00 20 March 2017

Fireworks at their outdoor gig. Photo by Chris Taylor

Fireworks at their outdoor gig. Photo by Chris Taylor

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The competition is open to all amateur choirs in or around Cheshire.

Amateur choirs based in or around Cheshire have the opportunity to enter a competition to perform live at the inaugural Great British Prom at Bolesworth Castle on September 2nd 2017.

The Great British Prom will see the National Symphony Orchestra perform a feast of rousing anthems from all corners of the UK. Conducted by world-famous Anthony Inglis, the orchestra will be accompanied by soprano Annette Wardell, Classical Brit Award-winning Welsh vocal group Only Men Aloud and a traditional Scottish pipe band. The finale will be a spectacular firework display, choreographed to the music, all in the delightful outdoor setting of Bolesworth in Tattenhall.

The competition is open to all amateur choirs in or around Cheshire; be they from colleges, Women’s Institutes, 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 April 29th 2017. A shortlist of five choirs will be announced on May 8th. 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 14th and will be required to attend rehearsals at Bolesworth on the afternoon of the concert.

In addition to singing ‘Jerusalem’ during the main part of the performance with the National Symphony Orchestra, Annette Wardell 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. Each member of the choir will receive a complimentary ticket for a guest to watch their performance.

Anthony Inglis said: ‘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, who are oganising the event, added:

“We are so pleased to be bringing the Great British Prom to Bolesworth and want it to become a permanent fixture in the 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 Bowood House in Wiltshire on August 6th, Blickling Estate in Norfolk on August 12th and Knebworth House in Hertfordshire on August 20. Similar competitions will be taking place at each venue.

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

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