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ITV-style voting for choir competition

Young composers from around the world have been to Canterbury to hear their work premiered by Caritas - the Kent-based choir. Ragnar Bohlin, director of the San Francisco Symphony Chorus, has judged the works. But in an effort to involve the audience, for the first time the concert-goers will also cast their vote. Think of it as an X-Factor style competition - without Simon Cowell

Canterbury choir aim for competition success

A Canterbury Choir will tonight sing six new pieces in a young composer competition.

The Caritas Chamber choir invited 18 to 30 year olds to write a composition inspired by Chaucer's Canterbury Tales.

Sarah Saunders caught up with the finalists at rehearsals at the University of Kent.


  1. Tom Savvides

The choir that can't sing

Now, they might not be able to hit the high notes but that hasn't stopped them from singing. Yes, four tuneless choirs have been set up in the country, including one in Maidstone and another in Maidenhead. The choir allows people to belt out songs without being judged on how good or bad they are. We sent Tom Savvides along to see what they sound like.

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Gospel choir hits the high notes and lifts the mood

Now, hitting the high notes can, apparently, be good for your health. Just ask members of a choir in Sussex and they'll gladly confirm that's the case. Brighton goes Gospel has gone from strength to strength since it was set up sixteen years ago and now has 130 singers from all walks of life. They've been rehearsing for two concerts, which take place tomorrow. Tom Savvides joined them for a practice session.

Gospel choir hits the high notes ahead of concerts

Brighton Goes Gospel choir has been rehearsing for two major concerts in the city at the weekend.

The group, which has 130 members, has gone from strength to strength since it was set up sixteen years ago.

The choir will perform 'FEELIN' GOOD' in matinée and evening concerts tomorrow at Roedean School in Brighton.

Members say 'feel-good factor' is one of the many reasons membership continues to grow - they point to a recent study by Tenovus Cancer Care and the Royal College of Music, which has shown that singing in a choir for just one hour boosts levels of immune proteins, reduces stress and improves mood.

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Gospel choir hits the high notes and strikes a pose

Some are experienced singers, others have never sung before but they are all coming together on Saturday to put on a spectacular show. More than a hundred and twenty members of Brighton's Gospel Choir will take part in a summer concert at the Clarendon Centre and a special guest will also be performing. Tom Savvides caught up with the choir during rehearsals.


Gospel choir hits the high notes

More than a hundred and twenty members of Brighton's Gospel Choir will take part in a summer concert at the Clarendon Centre on Saturday. We caught up with the choir members in rehearshals.

Choir flying high with record breaker

Gospel singers from the region have created a new world record by staging the highest ever carol concert thousands of feet in the air. It was on a plane from Gatwick to Geneva and was rsising money for the charity Unicef. Mike Pearse watched the fun.

Flying high and singing higher

Choir sings at 39,000 feet in the air Credit: ITV Meridian

A choir with members from all over the south have just broken a world record for holding a carol concert 39,000 feet in the air.

It is the highest altitude carol concert ever and has been certified by the Guinness Book of Records.

Members of the ACM Gospel Choir broke the record on an Easyjet flight from Gatwick to Geneva a short time ago.

Twelve members of the choir encouraged the entire plane of passengers to join in the fun and help set the record.

Let's hear it for the girls: first rehearsal of Canterbury Cathedral's choir ends 1000 years of male domination

Canterbury Cathedral Girls Choir rehearses for the first time with choir director David Newsholme Credit: Press Association

A rehearsal has taken place of the first girls' choir at Canterbury Cathedral after more than thousand years of male-dominated singing.

Their first ever public performance will be later this month.

Sixteen local girls aged between 12 and 16 were selected for the Canterbury Cathedral Girls' Choir, the first to be assembled under the name of the seat of the Archbishop of Canterbury.

Saskia Jamieson-Bibb (left) and Ellen Spurling get to try on their Cassocks

They met, rehearsed and tried on cathedral cassocks for the first time yesterday ahead of their public debut at Evensong on January 25

Being a chorister at the cathedral has historically been an exclusively male preserve but leaders have said introducing a girls' choir would be an "exciting addition"

The girls' first service later this month will include music by Ralph Vaughan Williams, George Dyson and Samuel Sebastian Wesley.

The cathedral has a long tradition of choral music and some notable musicians have distinguished themselves there over the years, including Harry Christophers, Trevor Pinnock and Sir Mark Elder.

Senior figures at the cathedral said the girls' choir would add to the cathedral's historic choral tradition but exist as a separate entity to the boys.

The girls will initially sing at services when the boy choristers, who are boarders at St Edmund's School, are on their twice-termly breaks.

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