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The Manchester Amateur Choral Competition

Join together in song at the city's first choir competition

Published on November 19th 2008.

The Manchester Amateur Choral Competition

Manchester welcomes its first ever choir competition this Saturday. The one-day, annual event will bring together talented choir groups from across the country with performances covering everything from small harmony ensembles to full-scale semi-professional choirs. You can go along to listen in, or you can take part yourself – more details below. Either way, it looks set to be a spirit-rousing event, with choirs performing songs from genres including gospel, blues, jazz and pop, as well as traditional choral music.

Those appearing include Crystal Chords, an all-female a cappella chorus, Harmony Revival, a 40-strong, traditional barbershop group from Stockport, and the Arden Youth Choir, an award-winning ensemble of girls aged 10 to 18.

The choirs will be competing for free studio time and the chance to record their own CD, with performances judged by experts including vocal coach and singer Ian Chesworth, and head of voice at MMU's drama department, Jeffrey Lawton.

Although the acts must be desperate to get their hands on the star prize, the main aim of the event is to bring together choirs from a range of different backgrounds and communities. The organisers want to give people a chance to perform in a creative and friendly environment.

Singing in an amateur choir is becoming an increasingly popular pastime in the UK. Recent studies show that collective singing can have a hugely positive effect on a person's social and emotional well-being by reducing depression and feelings of isolation. So if you're suffering from the winter blues, get yourself down there this Saturday.

To mark the occasion, a selection of choirs will also be performing at the Manchester Museum and at St Ann's Square Christmas Market on Saturday. The competition is open to everyone – if you fancy your chances visit www.themacc.org.uk for more details.

The event takes place on 22 November at the Royal Northern College of Music. Performances begin at 10am and the winner will be announced at 5pm. Tickets cost £5 and can be booked online at www.rncm.ac.uk.

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