Songs of Praise have begun this year’s search for the next BBC Gospel Choir of the Year, this year it could just be you!
The competition is returning for its fourth year and the six finalists will perform at the world famous Hackney Empire in London, the same venue as the massively successful Jonathan McReynolds concert that took place this January.
Like the saying goes, “you’ve got to be in it to win it”, and this is your chance to enter. The entry process for the competition is very simple. All completed applications must be received by Friday 1st April 2016. All the filming takes place on one day – Saturday 9th July.
On the day of recording, the finalists get to perform for the audience and three judges, who will decide which choir returns home as the Gospel Choir of the Year.
Past judges include singers Ruby Turner and Mica Paris, musical directors Bazil Meade and Muyiwa Olarewaju, vocal coach Carrie Grant, and West End star Sharon D. Clarke.
This competition is a great platform for gospel choirs to show-off their talents to over a million BBC One viewers. Previous finalists have gone on to receive recording contracts and to perform at venues like the Royal Albert Hall.
The BBC Songs of Praise series producer, Matthew Napier, said: “Gospel Choir of the Year is a fantastic showcase for the quality and range of choirs across the UK. We love to receive entries from lots of different choirs, whether they’re big or small, church or community based. All the previous finalists have found entering terrifically enjoyable and worthwhile. These programmes are an important part of the BBC Songs of Praise year, and I hope the competition continues to go from strength to strength.”
So, if you think your choir has what it takes to win this years BBC Gospel Choir of the Year crown why not go ahead and enter and see what God will do! All the details of how to enter the competition can be found at: bbc.co.uk [spacer style=”1″]
Over to you
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