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Wiltshire Choir of the Year

The Wiltshire Choir of the Year Competition is a county-wide event open to School and Youth Choirs. All singers must be aged 18 years or under.

The competition takes place on two dates in St John’s Church, Devizes. The preliminary rounds, for all choirs, will be on a weekday. The final, featuring four choirs selected from the preliminary rounds, will be on a Saturday evening. The next competition will be in May 2017.

We can present up to 15 choirs in the Preliminary Rounds which will be judged by a panel of three distinguished choir trainers, all experts in their field.

All choirs will receive a certificate and the winning choir will receive the Wiltshire Choir of the Year Trophy.

This is a wonderful opportunity to showcase your choir. It provides young people with invaluable experience of performing in a competitive but friendly and encouraging atmosphere in front of some of the country’s leading adjudicators.

We look forward to seeing your choir at the event!

Competition Rules

1   Choirs may be of any size.
2   All choir members must be aged 18 or under on 20 May 2017.
3   Two or three items to be performed lasting no more than 10 minutes in total.
4   Repertoire may be accompanied (piano, organ or CD) or unaccompanied.
5   Any CD player must be provided by the choir and must be PAT tested.
6   Choir directors are not allowed to sing with their choirs.
7   Choirs must be available to perform in the Final if selected after the preliminary round.
8   Entry to the competition is on a first-come-first served basis. Early application advised as there are places for 15 choirs only.
9   Titles of the chosen repertoire must be forwarded to the Competition Director no later than Monday, 24 April 2017.

Final 2017

The final of the competition was held on Saturday 20th May. The four finalists were :
Devizes Harmony (Devizes School)
Staverton School Choir
St John’s Academy Chorus
St Mary’s Calne Junior Choir

It was a close fought contest and the winner was :
St Mary’s Calne Junior Choir
St Marys Junior Choir

A big thank you to all our brave and marvellous finalists, and congratulations to the winners !

Preliminary Rounds 2017

The preliminary rounds of the competition took place on Tuesday 16th May. Nine choirs took part. Congratulations to all singers – and their teachers and accompanists.
The morning session comprised :
Alderbury & West Grimstead Primary School Choir
Devizes Harmony (Devizes School)
Dilton Marsh Primary School Choir
Excalibur Schools Choir
Heywood Harmonies
It was won by Devizes Harmony.
The afternoon session comprised:
Rushall School Choir
Staverton School Choir
St John’s Academy Chorus
St Mary’s Calne Junior Choir
It was won by St Mary’s Junior Choir
The runners up were St John’s Academy Chorus and Staverton School Choir.
The winners and the runners up will go through to the final on Saturday 20th May, 7pm. See information about tickets below.

Further Information

Venue:

The competition takes place in St John’s Church, Long Street, Devizes SN10 1NP

Competition Dates:

The next competition will be in May 2017
Preliminary Rounds : Tuesday 16th May 2017 between 10 am and 2.45 pm
(not 9th May as originally published.)
Final: Saturday 20th May 2017 at 7pm

Adjudicators:

The adjudicators for 2017 will be
Benjamin Costello (chairman),
Rebecca Moseley-Morgan and Jane Wilkinson

Audience Tickets:

Admission is free for families and friends in the Preliminary Round. This event is not open to the general public.

Audience tickets to the Final are £5 per adult, £2 for children. Tickets are now available from Winkworths, 4-5 Market Place, Devizes, SN10 1HT (01380 729777). Please enclose a stamped, addressed envelope for postal bookings and make cheques payable to: Devizes Eisteddfod. Tickets may be reserved by telephone, and then collected and paid for on the evening of the event from the Parish Rooms, beside St John’s church. The availability of tickets at the door on the day cannot be guaranteed.

Application:

Applications are now being taken for entry into the competition and entry is on a first-come-first-
served basis. No entries will be accepted after Friday, 31 March 2017.

St Margaret's Chamber Choir

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If you are interested in becoming the sponsor for the Wiltshire Choir of the Year then please contact Michael Johnson.


Previous Winners

The first competition took place on 10th May 2014. There were 8 choirs.

The winning choir in 2014 was Christ Church Primary School, Bradford-on-Avon

Conductor: Helen Harris, Accompanist: Victoria Jamieson.

The judges were Philip Springate, Laura Ingram Hill and Michael Johnson (Chairman)


The next competition was in 2016; there were 12 choirs.

The winning choir was St Margaret’s Chamber Choir.

The judges were David Bruce-Payne (Chairman), Sarah Jefferies and Valerie Hoppe.