04 April 2011
University Centre Folkestone's choir has been short-listed for the prestigious, county-wide competition, Top Choir Kent 2011.
The final eight choirs will perform before a panel of judges headed by Dr David Flood, Organist and Master of Choristers at Canterbury Cathedral. Dr Flood will be joined by Susan Wanless, Director of Music at the University of Kent and David Burridge, former Kent Secondary Schools Adviser for Music.
The winning choir will receive the Brett Top Choir Kent trophy and be given the chance to perform in the 2011 Canterbury Festival. Each of the choirs appearing in the final will receive a cheque for £100 funded by competition sponsors Belmont International Ltd, Insurance Brokers.
Chris Price, Campus Director at University Centre Folkestone, said: “We're delighted that the University Centre Folkestone is represented in the final. The UCF Choir started only a couple of years ago, under the direction of the Vocal Studies tutor, the fantastically experienced and energetic Kerry Boyle, and it's now grown into one of our most well-known and best-loved groups. They do a lot in and around our local community, and they take their infectious enjoyment of singing wherever they go. We wish them luck."
Competition Director, John Harris, is looking forward to the final with great excitement. He said: “The eight finalists demonstrate what a rich singing heritage we have right across the county of Kent. All of the choirs have demonstrated extraordinary talent and I can’t wait to hear their final performances. The judges will have their work cut-out finding a winner from amongst them.”
The Top Choir Kent 2011 finals will take place on Saturday 16 April at the Shirley Hall, King’s School, in Canterbury. Tickets, priced £13 and £15, are sold online and can be obtained by visiting www.topchoirkent.org.
Notes to Editor
The competition is organised by the Rotary Club of Canterbury and any surplus generated from the event will go to Rotary charities locally and abroad.
UCF choir will compete against The Baroque Singers (Tunbridge Wells), The Oyster Singers (Whitstable), Front Room (Longfield), St Stephens Church Choir (Canterbury), Just Voices (Bromley), Viva Acapella (Orpington), St Edmunds School Chamber Choir (Canterbury).
The competition was open to amateur choirs of all ages and styles based in the County of Kent, the Medway Authority area and London Boroughs of Old Kent. More details from www.topchoirkent.org
Canterbury Christ Church University
Canterbury Christ Church University is a modern university with a particular strength in higher education for the public services.
With nearly 18,000 students, and five campuses across Kent, its courses span a wide range of academic and professional expertise.
- As a leading provider of teaching and health care courses we have produced nearly 3,500 health and social care professionals and 7,000 teachers in the last five years.
- Over 90 per cent of our graduates gain employment or are in further study in the first six months after graduating.
- Along with over a thousand undergraduate, postgraduate and professional training courses on offer, we are also home to world-leading and internationally recognised research in Education, History, Music and Sports Related Studies.
- Canterbury Christ Church University was founded in 1962 by the Church of England as a teacher training college.