Posted June 2017

Prom Choir Competition shortlist announced

Revival Productions is delighted to announce the shortlist of the inaugural Great British Prom Choir Competition.

Blickling Prom

Once in a lifetime opportunity

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.

A star studded line up

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 City of Norwich Pipe Band. The concert will culminate in a spectacular firework display, choreographed to the music in the delightful outdoor setting of the Blickling Estate on 12th August.

The choirs that have been shortlisted for the Blickling event are:

Encore: Originally formed in 1984 as South Norfolk Amateur Operatic Society; in 2005, it was decided that the group couldn’t continue financially with big productions, so the original name was dropped and Encore…Singing for You was born. Now fully established as a choir, they perform an eclectic mix of music in and around Norfolk.
Mid Norfolk Singers: Based in Dereham, the choir has 80 members. They perform three concerts a year, most often in churches in Mid Norfolk but have also held concerts in Norwich Cathedral and St Andrews Hall.
Norwich Community Choir: Formed from humble beginnings to inspire a feeling of belonging to the community through the joy of singing, the choir consists of singers from all ages and backgrounds and is living proof that we all have music inside us.
Vocalights: is a community choir based in Aylsham. Founded in November 2014, the choir has now grown to over 40. They sing all kinds of music genres including pop, classical, jazz, gospel and seasonal, is hugely sociable with many strong friendships being made within the group and is open to all.

A complimentary ticket for guests

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 chance to perform before the main musical programme begins. They will also feature in the concert programme and each member of the choir will receive a complimentary ticket for a guest to witness their performance.

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 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.” – Anthony Inglis

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. It has clearly captured the imagination of the public as shown by the remarkable reaction the shortlist has received on Facebook. Now in its 6th year, The Blickling Proms is well established so this year it is great to be able to involve the local community. It is also a great trial for what we have planned for 2018 – watch this space!” – Lisa Ward, Director of Revival Productions

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