Choirs announced for Derby's Last Choir Standing event
The BBC today announces details of the choirs performing in a giant singing workshop in the centre of Derby, in conjunction with Last Choir Standing, BBC One's new Saturday night search to find the nation's favourite choir.
Offering viewers of the show the chance to have a go themselves, the event will involve a mass singing workshop for the audience by Mike Brewer OBE, world class choral trainer, and performances from regional choirs.
The choirs at the event – at 3pm on Saturday 16 August at The Big Screen, Market Place, Derby – will be DaleDiva and SOSA-XA!, two groups with contrasting styles encompassing diversity and a love for music.
Derbyshire's newest ladies' choir, DaleDiva includes women of all ages who want to improve their singing, make new friends and have fun.
Led by founder and Chorus Director Ally Law, who has been singing in choirs for 27 years, they perform a variety of four-part, unaccompanied arrangements, mainly in the barbershop style.
Their repertoire includes Can You Feel The Love Tonight (from The Lion King), We Are Family (by Sister Sledge), Lean On Me, I Will Follow Him (from Sister Act) and You Raise Me Up.
SOSA-XA! was formed in 2001, with members from Africa and continental Europe, as well as England.
The choir explores multiple southern-African languages and singing styles, including imbube, the style made famous by Paul Simon and Ladysmith Black Mambazo on the album Graceland.
Hosted by BBC Radio Derby presenter Aleena Naylor, the event will be relayed onto the Big Screen for all to see.
Highlights will be posted on bbc.co.uk/lastchoirstanding and an audio recording of the mass sing-along will be made available to download.
Five hundred seated tickets forthe event will be available from 7am on Friday 11 July until midnight on Sunday 27 July.
To be in the seated audience, members of the public need to register for tickets either via bbc.co.uk/lastchoirstanding or by telephone on 03700 100 150 (calls cost no more than calls to 01/02 geographic numbers).
Tickets are free.
In the event that more people apply for tickets than are available, a lottery system will be used to select successful applicants.
Queries about the events and application process for tickets can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Notes to Editors
A leading figure in the choral world, Mike Brewer conducts the National Youth Choirs of Great Britain.
He is in demand worldwide for vocal and conducting workshops and guest conducting of choirs.
An advisor on world music to the International Federation of Choral Music (IFCM), he is also an assessor to Mexico's Choral programme and a consultant for over 20 prize-winning UK Choirs.
He is a frequent adjudicator for Choir Of The Year, the National Festival of Music for Youth and in international competitions.
A Musical Director of award-winning chamber choir Laudibus, he is also the author of several books on working with choirs.
His sets of African songs for choirs are performed worldwide.