Buxton hosts heat of top choir contest

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BUXTON Opera House will be the hottest ticket in the UK for music lovers on Sunday as the best singing groups from across the country converge to take part in a regional heat of the prestigious Choir of the Year competition, broadcast by BBC TV and Radio.

Eighteen extraordinary groups, featuring singers of all ages, will be performing a diverse repertoire of music from Barbershop to Bach, Gospel to Glee across four categories - children, youth, adult and open - in an attempt to impress a panel of expert judges and be voted through to the semi-finals.

And among the choirs competing will be Stockport-based The Affinity Show Choir, directed by High Peak resident Lesley Carson.

The all-female show choir was named the 2011 Llangollen International Eisteddfod Close Harmony Winners.

The action-packed day of entertainment and competition will be split into two sessions, starting at 9.15am and 2.45pm. There will be plenty of opportunities for audience members to sing along with top conductor Greg Beardsell.

The Choir of the Year Competition is the largest of its kind in the UK. From more than 150 choirs auditioning around the UK, only six will make it through to the Grand Final at the Royal Festival Hall in London in October, which will be broadcast on BBC television and radio.

Admission to the regional heat at Buxton Opera House is £10 per session or £16 for an all-day ticket, with discounts available.

Tickets are available from the Box Office on 0845 127 2190 or online at www.buxtonoperahouse.org.uk.