Choirs announced for Last Choir Standing event in Hull
The BBC today released details of the choirs performing in a giant singing workshop in the centre of Hull, 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 given by world class choral trainer Mike Brewer OBE and performances from regional choirs.
On Saturday 9 August 2008, 3pm, at The Big Screen, Queen Victoria Square, Hull, the choirs will be Chechelele and Gay Abandon, two groups with contrasting styles which encompass diversity and a love for music.
Chechelele (pronounced "Cheh-cheh-leh-leh") are an a capella choir from York, specialising in traditional world music.
Performing traditional music from just about everywhere, they describe themselves as "one of the most unusual, innovative, entertaining and fun groups on the folk and world music scene."
Their repertoire includes Pokare Kare, a Moari love song; Babethandaza, a South African hymn about freedom; Touridion, a drinking song from medieval France; and Ukwayamane, a traditional Zulu song in praise of "the stubbornest meanest most temperamental cow you ever saw!"
Performing with Chechelele, Gay Abandon is West Yorkshire's lesbian, gay and bisexual choir.
As well as their passion for music they put an emphasis on support and accessibility for all, with a wide range of musical ability and experience, as well as sign language and wheelchair accessibility at concerts.
Having been together for 10 years, the four-part mixed choir have performed in London, Paris and Berlin as well as venues throughout Yorkshire and the North of England.
The Hull event will be hosted by BBC Look North presenter Peter Levy and will be relayed onto the Big Screen for all to see.
The following week, on Saturday 16 August at 3pm, Derby will play host to its two local choirs: DaleDiva and SOSA-XA! at The Big Screen, Market Place.
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 for each of the events 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 will need to register for tickets at 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 email@example.com.
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.