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Britain's Top Choirs

About Britain's Top Choirs™

Britain's Top Choirs™ is a virtual forum created to showcase the vast choral talent in the U.K. and hosted by FeelitLIVE, the all-in-one digital entertainment platform.


Britain's Top Choirs™ shines a spotlight on choirs in the U.K. that make beautiful music every day and get together to celebrate teamwork, resilience, talent, diversity, hope, and positivity. Choirs from across the U.K. are invited to upload a song performance recorded and performed between 1st September 2021 - 28th October 2022, to enter Britain's Top Choirs™ competition on or before Friday, 28th October 2022.


A jury of leading choral experts will evaluate each entry and shortlist the Top 10 choirs. The shortlisted choirs will be revealed and their performances showcased at Britain's Top Choirs™ Grand Finale event on Sunday, 13th November 2022, at 8 PM BST. There will also be live audience voting during the Grand Finale event.

The Grand Prize Winner will be chosen and announced at the Grand Finale based on both the judges' scores and the audience votes, at which time the four Category Winners based on the judges' evaluation will also be announced.

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Registration

To enter the Britain's Top Choirs™ competition, please click on the button below and follow the prompts. The entry fee is £50. Please add our domain (feelitlive.com) to your safe sender list to ensure you don't miss any of our communications.

Registrations close on Friday, 28th October 2022

The Judges

Hilary Campbell

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Conductor Hilary Campbell has been an innovating force in British choral music, not only as founder and director of her own mixed voice chamber choir, Blossom Street but as a composer and arranger.

Describing herself as a freelance choral specialist,  Hilary has also directed several other major ensembles as a guest or on an ongoing basis. She has two master's degrees, one in conducting from the Royal Academy of Music (where she won three prizes as a student) and one, with distinction, in vocal studies at the University of York. She has also done post-graduate work in singing at Trinity College of Music. In 2012 she returned to the Royal Academy of music as a Meaker Fellow; she was the first choral conductor so honoured, and she has continued to teach at the school and to be associated with it creatively.

Throughout this period, Hilary was working as director of Blossom Street (also known as the Blossom Street Singers), which had been founded in 2003 and with which she issued the holiday album Sleep, holy babe in 2011. She has recorded several more albums with the group on Naxos, including 2019's This Day: Celebrating a Century of British Women's Right to Vote. Hilary has also served as musical director of the Bristol Choral Society, the Chiswick Choir, and the Music Makers of London. She has conducted a large variety of top British ensembles as a guest, including the BBC Symphony Chorus and, as of 2018, the BBC Singers.

Hilary co-founded the VOCALIZES music workshop and the Voices of London Festival. She served as composer-in-residence for the Ebor Singers and has won several awards for her choral compositions. Her arrangement of God Save the Queen was performed on the ITV1 television network and at Wimbledon New Theatre in honour of the 60th birthday of the Prince of Wales.

Neil Ferris

Neil Ferris

 

Neil Ferris is the Artistic Director and conductor of the professional chamber choir Sonoro and Music Director of Wimbledon Choral Society, one of London’s leading amateur choirs. In 2017 he was appointed the new Chorus Director of the BBC Symphony Chorus and guest conductor of the National Youth Choir of Wales.

In demand as guest conductor at some of the finest choirs in the UK, Neil has worked with the London Symphony Chorus, the Bach Choir and the BBC National Chorus of Wales, the Choir of the Age of Enlightenment and the BBC Singers. He has prepared choirs for internationally acclaimed conductors including Valery Gergiev, Sir Simon Rattle, Marin Alsop, Bernard Haitink, Sakari Oramo, Carlo Rizzi, Ed Gardner, Donald Runnicles and Martyn Brabbins.

Formerly Head of Choral Conducting at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, Neil helped establish the international reputation of the choral conducting course and developed the conservatoire’s choral ensembles. He is recognised as one of the country’s leading teachers of choral conducting and has led masterclasses in the UK, USA, Ireland and Denmark.

Neil has conducted the London Symphony Orchestra, Welsh National Opera, New Queens Hall Orchestra, London Mozart Players, Orchestra of the Swan, Orchestra Vitae and Florilegium. He made his Royal Opera House debut in a ROH2 production of Will Tuckett’s ballet The Wind in the Willows.

Recordings include an album of the choral music of Jonathan Dove with Convivium Singers released on the Naxos label and Fauré’s Requiem on the Convivium Records label. Resonus Classics has recently released Sonoro’s debut album Passion and Polyphony featuring works of James MacMillan and Frank Martin

Dr. Manvinder Rattan

Manvinder Rattan

Manvinder Rattan is a Choral and Orchestral conductor and trainer of conductors.

Manvinder is the CEO of The Voices Foundation, a national music charity working to help schools, academies, Music Education Hubs, and other partners from across the UK to establish effective music education since 1993.

Manvinder is Musical Director of Hertford Choral Society and Hertford Chamber Choir and has served as Musical Director of the John Lewis Partnership Music Society since 1995. Having inherited one choir, the society now has over eighteen choirs, an orchestra and a jazz band. Manvinder is also Head of Conductor Training for Sing for Pleasure, where the team of tutors teaches around 300 conductors most years, with 100% of respondents rating the training as good to excellent.

Freelance engagements also keep Dr. Rattan busy - guest conducting and teaching both here and abroad - and occasional performances as a soloist, specialising in singing the Adhaan from Karl Jenkins' popular work, The Armed Man and a regular workshop leader for the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden.

In 2012, Manvinder was invited to join Gareth Malone as he filmed his next series of 'The Choir,' this time working on singing in the workplace. Manvinder was a judge in the series broadcasted in September 2012 on BBC2. In 2014 he formed his own professional chamber choir, Serafine, and chamber orchestra, Serafine Sinfonia, with whom he recorded Oliver Tarney's Magnificat, to critical acclaim. 2014 also saw Manvinder's Royal Albert Hall conducting debut, and in 2016, his Royal Festival Hall and Indian conducting debuts.

In 2016, Dr. Rattan was awarded an honorary doctorate by his Alma Mater, York St John University, in recognition of his achievements in the fields of music and conducting. In 2021, he was awarded the Fellowship of the Royal Schools of Music in Choral Directing.

Hilary Campbell - BTC

 

Conductor Hilary Campbell has been an innovating force in British choral music, not only as founder and director of her own mixed voice chamber choir, Blossom Street but as a composer and arranger.

Describing herself as a freelance choral specialist,  Hilary has also directed several other major ensembles as a guest or on an ongoing basis. She has two master's degrees, one in conducting from the Royal Academy of Music (where she won three prizes as a student) and one, with distinction, in vocal studies at the University of York. She has also done post-graduate work in singing at Trinity College of Music. In 2012 she returned to the Royal Academy of music as a Meaker Fellow; she was the first choral conductor so honoured, and she has continued to teach at the school and to be associated with it creatively.

Throughout this period, Hilary was working as director of Blossom Street (also known as the Blossom Street Singers), which had been founded in 2003 and with which she issued the holiday album Sleep, holy babe in 2011. She has recorded several more albums with the group on Naxos, including 2019's This Day: Celebrating a Century of British Women's Right to Vote. Hilary has also served as musical director of the Bristol Choral Society, the Chiswick Choir, and the Music Makers of London. She has conducted a large variety of top British ensembles as a guest, including the BBC Symphony Chorus and, as of 2018, the BBC Singers.

Hilary co-founded the VOCALIZES music workshop and the Voices of London Festival. She served as composer-in-residence for the Ebor Singers and has won several awards for her choral compositions. Her arrangement of God Save the Queen was performed on the ITV1 television network and at Wimbledon New Theatre in honour of the 60th birthday of the Prince of Wales.

Neil Ferris

 

Neil Ferris is the Artistic Director and conductor of the professional chamber choir Sonoro and Music Director of Wimbledon Choral Society, one of London’s leading amateur choirs. In 2017 he was appointed the new Chorus Director of the BBC Symphony Chorus and guest conductor of the National Youth Choir of Wales.

In demand as guest conductor at some of the finest choirs in the UK, Neil has worked with the London Symphony Chorus, the Bach Choir and the BBC National Chorus of Wales, the Choir of the Age of Enlightenment and the BBC Singers. He has prepared choirs for internationally acclaimed conductors including Valery Gergiev, Sir Simon Rattle, Marin Alsop, Bernard Haitink, Sakari Oramo, Carlo Rizzi, Ed Gardner, Donald Runnicles and Martyn Brabbins.

Formerly Head of Choral Conducting at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, Neil helped establish the international reputation of the choral conducting course and developed the conservatoire’s choral ensembles. He is recognised as one of the country’s leading teachers of choral conducting and has led masterclasses in the UK, USA, Ireland and Denmark.

Neil has conducted the London Symphony Orchestra, Welsh National Opera, New Queens Hall Orchestra, London Mozart Players, Orchestra of the Swan, Orchestra Vitae and Florilegium. He made his Royal Opera House debut in a ROH2 production of Will Tuckett’s ballet The Wind in the Willows.

Recordings include an album of the choral music of Jonathan Dove with Convivium Singers released on the Naxos label and Fauré’s Requiem on the Convivium Records label. Resonus Classics has recently released Sonoro’s debut album Passion and Polyphony featuring works of James MacMillan and Frank Martin

Manvinder Rattan

Manvinder Rattan is a Choral and Orchestral conductor and trainer of conductors.

Manvinder is the CEO of The Voices Foundation, a national music charity working to help schools, academies, Music Education Hubs, and other partners from across the UK to establish effective music education since 1993.

Manvinder is Musical Director of Hertford Choral Society and Hertford Chamber Choir and has served as Musical Director of the John Lewis Partnership Music Society since 1995. Having inherited one choir, the society now has over eighteen choirs, an orchestra and a jazz band. Manvinder is also Head of Conductor Training for Sing for Pleasure, where the team of tutors teaches around 300 conductors most years, with 100% of respondents rating the training as good to excellent.

Freelance engagements also keep Dr. Rattan busy - guest conducting and teaching both here and abroad - and occasional performances as a soloist, specialising in singing the Adhaan from Karl Jenkins' popular work, The Armed Man and a regular workshop leader for the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden.

In 2012, Manvinder was invited to join Gareth Malone as he filmed his next series of 'The Choir,' this time working on singing in the workplace. Manvinder was a judge in the series broadcasted in September 2012 on BBC2. In 2014 he formed his own professional chamber choir, Serafine, and chamber orchestra, Serafine Sinfonia, with whom he recorded Oliver Tarney's Magnificat, to critical acclaim. 2014 also saw Manvinder's Royal Albert Hall conducting debut, and in 2016, his Royal Festival Hall and Indian conducting debuts.

In 2016, Dr. Rattan was awarded an honorary doctorate by his Alma Mater, York St John University, in recognition of his achievements in the fields of music and conducting. In 2021, he was awarded the Fellowship of the Royal Schools of Music in Choral Directing.

Britain's Top Choirs™ Rules

Britain's Top Choirs™ is an online submission competition focused on choirs across the United Kingdom. 

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Submission requirements

  1. Song entry: Submit one song per choir, performed and recorded in the year between 1st September 2021 - 28th October 2022.
  2. Song length: Less than 5 minutes.
  3. Entry format: Provide a link to a downloadable high-resolution mp4 video file.
  4. Music type: Can be any form of music – original or adapted, and of any genre.
  5. Live participation: The choir director will need to make her/him/themselves available for video interaction with the jury on the date of the Grand Finale – Sunday, 13th November 2022. This interaction will be live-streamed on FeelitLIVE.
  6. Other: Provide the sheet music, any writeup, if applicable, for the song submitted, and a short bio of the choir and choir directors.
  7. Entry fee: There is a £50 entry fee to be paid by credit/debit card for each entry when filling in the online form.

Full terms & conditions

Key dates

Monday, 3rd October 2022 - Tickets for Britain's Top Choirs™ Grand Finale go on sale

Friday, 28th October 2022 - Deadline for choirs to submit entries

Sunday, 13th November 2022, 8 PM BST - Britain's Top Choirs™ Grand Finale broadcast

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Evaluation

Evaluation

  1. A jury of leading choral experts will evaluate each entry and shortlist the Top 10 choirs. The shortlisted choirs will be revealed and their performances broadcast at Britain's Top Choirs™ Grand Finale event on Sunday, 13th November 2022, at 8 PM BST. There will also be a live audience vote during the Grand Finale event. 
  2. The decision of the jury is final and cannot be contested.
  3. Each performance will be evaluated according to the following:
    1. Technical evaluation – 10 points 
      1. Intonation
      2. Tone
      3. Rhythm
      4. Dynamics
      5. Blend
      6. The overall sound quality of the choir
    2. Music and artistic criteria – 10 points 
      1. Interpretation
      2. Style
    3. Overall artistic impression – 10 points 
      1. Song selection
      2. Song integrity
      3. Presentation
    4. Audience poll – 10 points (only for the top 10 finalists)
      The audience will be live polling during the Grand Finale broadcast, and this will be factored into the overall team tally

Prizes

Grand Prize Winner

The entry with the highest score will be named Britain's Top Choirs™ 2022 winner and will receive:

  • £2,000 cash prize
  • An opportunity to claim their Xperience Hub (a branded digital home for your choir) on FeelitLIVE - worth £300 per year
  • Host a live or on-demand event using the Pro Plan (>£400 in value) features for FREE on FeelitLIVE

Category Winners

The categories below will also be selected from all the entries received.

The winner in each category will be awarded a £400 cash prize and the opportunity to claim their Xperience Hub on FeelitLIVE - worth £300 per year as well as host a live or on-demand event using the Pro Plan (>£400 in value) features for FREE on FeelitLIVE

  • Best creative visuals
  • Best choreography
  • Outstanding live performance
  • Best audio/video engineering

 

Top 10 Finalists

The top 10 entries selected by the judges will be entitled to:

  • Broadcast their entry at Britain's Top Choirs™ 2022 Grand Finale
  • An opportunity to claim their Xperience Hub on FeelitLIVE - worth £300 per year
  • Host a live or on-demand event using the Pro Plan (>£400 in value) features for FREE on FeelitLIVE

All contestants

All choirs taking part in the competition will be entitled to:

  • Host a live or on-demand event using the Pro Plan (>£400 in value) features for FREE on FeelitLIVE
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