Wellensian Consort named Choir of the Year

On Sunday 28 November, after a wonderful exhibition by the best Britain has to offer in choral performance, the Wellensian Consort was awarded the coveted accolade of Choir of the Year 2010.

Jez lifts the trophy

During a stunning afternoon and evening at the Royal Festival Hall, six choirs from across the country gave their all, charming a packed auditorium as well as the five judges. Nearly 160 choirs entered this year's competition, but over the course of the year these were whittled down to sixteen for the Category Finals held at Birmingham Symphony Hall in early November. The winner of each of the four categories went forward to the Grand Final, together with two wildcard entries, including the Wellensian Consort.

The consort sang three varied pieces, chosen to demonstrate their skill and dexterity:

  • A Choral Fanfare - John Rutter
  • Abendlied - Josef Rheinberger
  • Didn't My Lord Deliver Daniel - Spiritual arr Richard Allain

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The judging panel, including accomplished composer, conductor and lecturer, Eric Whitacre, were very gracious in their comments:

"... real excitement ... fantastic dynamics ... very good blend and wonderful colour" - Elin Manahan Thomas

"... wide palettes of different colours ... rhythmically very tight, very balanced, fantastic." Ken Burton

The Wellensian Consort is a hugely accomplished choir, demonstrating technical mastery, smooth musicianship and wonderful phrasing, producing a warm fantastic sound throughout the range, and are the deserving winners of Choir of the Year 2010.” Mary King, Chair of Judges

Watch part of the performance here.

The Press Release from Choir of the Year and more photos are available from these links.

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Photos by Oliver Dixon/Imagewise with thanks.