Choir sails through auditions

Burton Latimer, Belcanto Women's Choir have entered Radio 3's Choir of the Year 'The Choir with Judy Tomlinson (pianist) and Barry Clark (conductor). 'Thursday, 15 December 2011
Burton Latimer, Belcanto Women's Choir have entered Radio 3's Choir of the Year 'The Choir with Judy Tomlinson (pianist) and Barry Clark (conductor). 'Thursday, 15 December 2011
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A women’s choir is waiting to hear if it has made it to the final of BBC Choir of the Year after coming top of its qualifying heat.

Kettering-based Belcanto was awarded Choir of the Day when it auditioned for the national competition at Milton Keynes Theatre on Sunday, February 5.

BBC judges will now listen to recordings of the auditions and choose four groups from across the country in Belcanto’s category, adult choirs, to compete in a live final later this year.

Conductor Barry Clark, 65, of Hall Close, Kettering, said: “They did very well. They sang very well.

“The adjudicators comments were very complimentary.

“We were very pleased.”

The group of singers, who rehearse at Orchard Farm in Kettering most Thursday evenings, wowed judges with music by 16th century composer Jacob Handl and two living composers, American Eric Whitacre and Romanian Gyorgy Orban.

But they may have also been helped by the snow as only three of the expected 10 choirs turned up.

After the live final, the winners of each category will go on to a grand final to be crowned Choir of the Year.

Mr Clark said: “All the choirs in the next stage will have been Choir of the Day so it will be very tight but we will have to see what happens.”

Belcanto, which Mr Clark formed with singer Alison Wise in 2008, will also be attending the Llangollen International Eisteddfod this summer.

It is the second time Belcanto has entered the contest.

The choir will find out if has got through to the final in June.

BELCANTO KETTERING