On song: Great British Proms reveal choir competition shortlist

The National Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Anthony Inglis, make their debut at Blickling to celeb

The National Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Anthony Inglis, make their debut at Blickling to celebrate British music from across the home nations. They will be joined by Classical Brit Award winning Welsh male vocal group Only Men Aloud, Soprano Annette Wardell and traditional piped band, for performances of Proms favourites, closing with a spectacular firework display. Picture: Chris Taylor - Credit: Chris Taylor

Four amateur choirs from across Norfolk have been shortlisted as part of a competition to perform on stage with some of the biggest stars in the country at one of the hottest parties of the summer.

Concert-goers attending the Great British Prom are invited to take a picnic along and make a night o

Concert-goers attending the Great British Prom are invited to take a picnic along and make a night of it. There will be a magnum of champagne for the best dressed British iconic character. Picture: Chris Taylor - Credit: Chris Taylor

Vocalights, a community choir based in Aylsham; Mid Norfolk Singers based in Dereham; Encore, originally formed in 1984 as South Norfolk Amateur Operatic Society; and Norwich Community Choir are all in the running to play at starring role at The Great British Prom at Blickling, near Aylsham, on August 12 following a public vote.

However, only one choir will be given the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to join the National Symphony Orchestra on stage to perform Jerusalem before the open-air concert, in front of thousands of revellers, culminates with a spectacular fireworks display.

The final decision will be made by world-famous conductor Anthony Inglis on June 14.

The winning choir will also be invited to perform at the start of the concert before the main 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.


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Mr Inglis, who is also music director for Welsh mezzo-soprano Katherine Jenkins, said: '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.

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'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.'

As part of the judging process, all choirs on the shortlist were posted on The Great British Prom's Facebook page and have already received more than 60,000 views.

Lisa Ward, Director of organisers 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.'

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.

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

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