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Choirs on song at Cadogan Hall

15th May 2008

ACM Gospel ChoirSixty choirs from the length and breadth of Britain arrived at Cadogan Hall for a weekend of auditions, hoping to make it through to the next round of 'Last Choir Standing'.

The London venue was crammed with choirs from a wide range of ages, sexes and backgrounds - all aiming to impress the panel of judges.

From school choirs, to fisherman choirs, gospel and chamber, every style of singing imaginable was performed in front of the three judges - Russell Watson, Suzi Digby and Sharon D. Clarke.

Many of the choirs travelled overnight to get to the auditions from as far away as Perth in Scotland and Belfast in Northern Ireland. Some have been singing together for decades, while others have come together more recently - but all had one thing in common... the desire to be the Last Choir Standing.

The tension was high as each choir filed into the hall, feeling nervous but excited. After a brief chat with the judges, the choirs performed two songs - and then waited for the decision. To get through, the choirs needed at least two of the judges to say 'yes'.

The judges had to make some tough choices and at times there were heated exchanges and nail-biting moments when the third judge had to make the deciding vote.

Inevitably there were tears of disappointment, along with tears and screams of joy from the choirs who made it through.

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