Competition for Hertfordshire choirs to win Great British Prom concert slot at Knebworth House

PUBLISHED: 15:07 17 February 2017 | UPDATED: 15:28 17 February 2017

The Great British Prom is coming to Knebworth House [Picture: Chris Taylor]

The Great British Prom is coming to Knebworth House [Picture: Chris Taylor]

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An amateur choir is being given the chance to perform on stage with the National Symphony Orchestra at Knebworth this summer.

Fireworks at The Great British Prom, which comes to Knebworth House this summer [Picture: Chris Taylor]Fireworks at The Great British Prom, which comes to Knebworth House this summer [Picture: Chris Taylor]

Organisers of classical concert The Great British Prom are urging all amateur choirs based in or around Hertfordshire to enter a competition to perform at Knebworth House on Sunday, August 20.

The winning choir will perform Jerusalem with the National Symphony Orchestra, Annette Wardell and Only Men Aloud at the open-air concert in the grounds of the Hertfordshire stately home.

The Great British Prom will see the National Symphony Orchestra, one of the leading orchestras in the country, perform a veritable feast of iconic and rousing anthems from all corners of the United Kingdom.

Conducted by world-famous Anthony Inglis, the orchestra will be accompanied by renowned soprano Annette Wardell, Classical Brit Award-winning Welsh vocal group Only Men Aloud and a traditional Scottish pipe band.

Furthermore, the concert will culminate in a spectacular firework display, choreographed to the music in the delightful outdoor setting of Knebworth.

Revival Productions director Lisa Ward said: “We are so pleased to be bringing The Great British Prom to Knebworth and want it to become a permanent fixture in the local social calendar, rather like Blickling [in Norfolk] where we have been performing for six years.

The Great British Prom is coming to Knebworth House this summer [Picture: Chris Taylor]The Great British Prom is coming to Knebworth House this summer [Picture: Chris Taylor]

“By giving amateur choirs this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to perform with the National Symphony Orchestra (NSO) and the other amazing artists, we want to involve the local community and add something unique to the programme.”

The competition is open to all amateur choirs in the region – be they from colleges, Women’s Institutes, local communities or the emergency services.

However, as this will be an evening performance, all choir members must be over 18 years of age.

Entrants are simply asked to visit www.greatbritishprom.co.uk/choir-competition, fill in the simple form and post a one minute video of them singing a song of their choice by April 29, 2017.

A shortlist of five choirs will be announced on May 8.

Anthony Inglis will have the final decision on the winning choir, taking into account the number of ‘likes’ each member of the shortlist receives on The Great British Prom’s Facebook page.

About Only Men Aloud

Only Men Aloud was formed in 2000, with the aim of injecting new blood into the Welsh choir tradition.

September 2013 saw a complete reinvention of the group, as the choir became a honed and toned vocal ensemble.

The men bring both a new sound and a more varied and eclectic repertoire to the mix, from Welsh folk songs and hymns to music theatre and opera, barbershop and swing to pop.

Following their shake-up, the Classical Brit Award winners, who came to prominence as BBC One’s Last Choir Standing, have embarked on many extensive tours, all around the world.

Choir members were honoured to be asked to sing in the London 2012 Opening Ceremony at the very moment the Olympic Flame was lit.

The winning choir will be announced on June 14, and will be required to attend rehearsals at Knebworth Park on the afternoon of the concert.

In addition to singing Jerusalem during the main part of the performance with the NSO, Annette Wardell and Only Men Aloud, the winning choir will also have the opportunity to perform at the start of the concert before the main programme begins.

They will feature in the concert programme and each member of the choir will receive a complimentary ticket for a guest to witness their performance.

Conductor Anthony Inglis, who is also music director for Welsh mezzo-soprano Katherine Jenkins, said: “Truly memorable live performances are those that witness a real connection between the performers and the audience.

“I am very much looking forward to discovering the talent of the local amateur choirs and performing with them.

“This competition adds an exciting dynamic to The Great British Prom, which should create a magical atmosphere and a night to remember.”

As well as Knebworth House, The Great British Prom will also be visiting Bowood House in Wiltshire on Sunday, August 6, the Blickling Estate in Norfolk on Saturday, August 12, and Bolesworth Castle in Cheshire on Saturday, September 2.

Similar competitions will be taking place at each venue.

• For full event details and tickets visit www.revival-productions.co.uk or call the event box office on 01630 674342.

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