Revival Productions is delighted to announce the shortlist of the inaugural Great British Prom Choir Competition. As part of the judging process, all choirs on the shortlist were posted on The Great British Prom’s Facebook page on 8th May and have already been viewed by over 60,000 Facebook users, with over 3,000 reactions, comments and shares. Anthony Inglis, the world-famous conductor of the National Symphony Orchestra, will have the ultimate decision on the winning choir, but will take into account the number of “likes” each choir receives on the social media platform.
The Great British Prom sees 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. The winning choir will have a once in a lifetime opportunity to perform “Jerusalem” with the orchestra and join a star-studded line up that also includes, globally renowned soprano Annette Wardell, Classical Brit Award-winning Welsh vocal group Only Men Aloud and The Band of the Home Counties Pipes and Drums. The concert will culminate in a spectacular firework display, choreographed to the music in the delightful outdoor setting of Knebworth Park on 20th August.
All choirs that have been shortlisted are local to Knebworth. They are:
City Chorus: A community choir established 2010 and based in Letchworth. They perform several concerts per year including an ‘afternoon tea’ concert where they invite residents of local sheltered housing and after singing for them, serve afternoon tea. Their repertoire varies from classic choral to show-tunes with every variation in between.
- Classical Chorus: Based in St. Albans, with over 100 singers from all corners of the county. They have performed at social gatherings and charity concerts in renowned venues and informal outdoor events and theatres. Most recently they performed at St. Albans Abbey and future engagements include Harpenden Armed Forces Day and a charity Christmas concert at Shendish Manor.
- Next Stage Choir: A community choir founded in 2010 in Marlow and St. Albans with 80 members. They are a dynamic, innovative and enthusiastic choir, who has had recent fame on BBC Radio 3’s The Choir and on the Absolute Radio’s Christmas Breakfast Show.
- Reed Choir: Formed in 2014 to sing at a flower festival at St Mary’s Church in Reed, with 30 regular members. Their music ranges from Mozart and John Wesley through to Elton John and Sting. They are very popular in the local community and are praised regularly for their sound and contribution to charity.
- Somewhere To Sing: The choir brings local people together across three separate choirs in Hertfordshire. With about 30 members in each, the majority of them actually have no musical or performance background and come to make friends, have a laugh and of course, sing.
The winning choir will be announced on 14th June and in addition to singing “Jerusalem” during the main part of the performance, 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:
“It’s great to see that the tradition of local amateur choirs is alive and well in this fantastic country of ours. I was pleasantly surprised by the standard of entries and am looking forward to meeting and performing with the ultimate winning choir. Truly memorable performances are those where an invisible bond occurs between the artists and the audience. By adding a local choir to our line-up of globally renowned musicians I am confident that we will achieve this.”
Lisa Ward, Director of Revival Productions, added:
“We want to thank all the choirs that entered the competition and as a mark of our gratitude have offered all entrants the opportunity to buy two tickets to The Great British Prom for the price of one. As shown by the remarkable reaction the shortlist has received on Facebook, it has clearly captured the imagination of the public. By involving the local community as much as possible, we want to The Knebworth Prom to become a permanent fixture in the Hertfordshire social calendar. It should make for an unmissable evening.”
The Great British Prom will also be visiting Bolesworth Castle in Cheshire, Blickling Hall in Norfolk and Bowood House in Wiltshire this summer where similar competitions are also taking place.
For full event details and tickets visit www.greatbritishprom.co.uk or call the event box office on 01630 674342.