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Choir of the Year Category Finals 1

Aled Jones introduces highlights from the 2010 Category Finals of the amateur choral competition Choir of the Year. With results from the Children's category and the Open category.

Aled Jones introduces highlights from the Category Finals of the UK's biggest amateur choral competition Choir of the Year, which took place at Birmingham Symphony Hall earlier this month.

Whittled down from over one hundred and fifty entrants, just sixteen choirs made it through to the Category Finals. The stakes were high, with choirs competing to win both their category and a place in the Grand Final at the Royal Festival Hall later on this month. Today we'll discover which choirs won the Children's Category and the Open Category.

1 hour, 30 minutes

Music Played

  • Karl Jenkins

    Adiemus

    Performers: Ysgol Glanaethwy Senior Choir, Cefin Roberts (conductor), Huw Griffith (piano)

  • Freddie Mercury

    Bohemian Rhapsody, arr Mark Brymer

    Performers: Ysgol Glanaethwy Senior Choir, Cefin Roberts (conductor), Huw Griffith (piano)

  • Traditional Welsh

    Yr Hedydd, arr. Einion Dafydd

    Performers: Ysgol Glanaethwy Senior Choir, Cefin Roberts (conductor), Huw Griffith (drums)

  • Patsy Broderick

    Elijah Rock

    Performers: Warwickshire County Boys Choir, Garry Jones (conductor)

  • Francis Poulenc

    Petites Voix - La Petite fille sage

    Performers: Warwickshire County Boys Choir, Garry Jones (conductor)

  • Ian Jefferson

    A Sea Change

    Performers: Warwickshire County Boys Choir, Garry Jones (conductor), Julian Grimshaw (piano)

  • Benjamin Britten

    A Ceremony of carols for boys' voices and harp (Op.28) - no.5; As dew in Aprille

    Performers: Westminster Boys' Choir, Jeremy Walker (director), Vadim Peaceman (piano)

  • Sergey Rachmaninov

    6 Choruses (Op.15) - no.6; Angel

    Performers: Westminster Boys' Choir, Jeremy Walker (director), Vadim Peaceman (piano)

  • Jeff Wayne

    Medley from War of The Worlds, arr. Paul Mellors

    Performers: Rainbow Connection Singers, Doncaster, Paul Mellors (conductor)

  • Seal

    Kiss From a Rose, arr. Paul Mellors

    Performers: Rainbow Connection Singers, Doncaster, Paul Mellors (conductor)

  • Kirk Franklin

    Hosanna

    Performers: Sing It! Southampton, Emmanuel Waldron (piano)

  • Labi Siffre

    Something inside so strong

    Performers: Sing It! Southampton, Philip Harper (djembe drummer)

  • Rupert Lang

    Cantate Domino

    Performers: Inverclyde Schools' Junior Choir, Mark Macdonald (synthesiser), Gemma McLean (director)

  • Mary Goetze

    Clear the Line

    Performers: Inverclyde Schools' Junior Choir, Gemma McLean (director)

  • Traditional Scottish

    The Cooper o' Fife, arr Ken Johnson

    Performers: Inverclyde Schools' Junior Choir, Gemma McLean (director)

  • John Rutter

    The Lord Bless You and Keep You

    Performers: New Forest Children's Choir, Alison Russell-Hayward (conductor), Doug Gould (piano)

  • Leonard Bernstein

    One Hand, One Heart (from West Side Story)

    Performers: New Forest Children's Choir, Alison Russell-Hayward (conductor), Doug Gould (piano)

  • Jan Holdstock

    The Wreck

    Performers: New Forest Children’s Choir, Alison Russell-Hayward (conductor)

  • Consuelo Velázquez

    Besame mucho, arr. Malcolm Abbs

    Performers: Take Twenty, Rachel Staunton (conductor), Dan Moriyama (piano), Dick Hobbs (double bass), Caroline Woodhouse (clarinet)

  • Irving Berlin

    Steppin' Out with My Baby

    Performers: Take Twenty, Rachel Staunton (conductor), Dan Moriyama (piano), Dick Hobbs (double bass)

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