Warwickshire County Boys Choir returned with pride from the final of the BBC’s Choir of the Year competition at the weekend.
This is a wonderful achievement for one of our county singing groups and my congratulations go to each of the boys.
County Music Service Director Andrew Atkins
After competing against only five other choirs in the grand final of the nation’s most prestigious amateur choral competition, the county council choir can now be considered the largest and the best boys choir in the country.
“You were brilliant.” TV personality and Choir of the Year Aled Jones told them after their performance, and internationally famous composer Eric Whitacre added: “Bravo boys – that was incredible. Maybe the most charming thing I’ve seen in my life.”
Tim Rhys Evans, conductor of the famous ’Only Men Aloud’ choir declared himself very impressed and complimented the boys on their very high standard of singing. He said: “You should be very proud. What you are achieving is very important to the future of singing in this country.”
Although not awarded the ultimate honour of Choir of the Year (this went to Wellensian Consort from Somerset) the five judges were very impressed and informed conductor Garry Jones that they had awarded the boys very high marks and considered them in very strong contention.
“That was all we needed to hear.” said Garry “To know that the Warwickshire Boys are considered by internationally acclaimed adjudicators to be one of the UK’s leading choirs is quite enough,” he continued.
County Music Service Director Andrew Atkins added: “This is a wonderful achievement for one of our county singing groups and my congratulations go to each of the boys. They delivered consistent and professional performances throughout the competition and truly deserve this recognition.”
The boys are featured in a special article ‘The Dangerous Choir for Boys’ in the current issue of Radio Times. They can be heard on Radio 3 BBC iPlayer for the rest of this week, and will also be on BBC4 TV on Saturday Dec 4 at 8pm.
For more information visit www. musicforlife.net or contact Garry Jones on 07763 757191.