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The 1,000 voice choir set to wow the Royal Norfolk Show

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THIS YEAR’S Royal Norfolk Show is to fea­ture one of its most ad­ven­tur­ous projects yet – Show­stop­pers; a com­mu­nity mass choir to help cel­e­brate ev­ery­thing that is great about the county.

“Norfolk has a strong his­tory in mu­sic­mak­ing but never be­fore has a project of this scale been at­tempted by the county,” said Mark Nicholas, show di­rec­tor. “Show­stop­pers will be the cen­tre­piece of the show’s theme of ‘cel­e­brat­ing the arts’ and the 1,000-strong choir will have the pres­ti­gious op­por­tu­nity to per­form at the show’s clos­ing cer­e­mony in front of thou­sands of visi­tors and me­dia.”

Launched in Jan­uary this year, un­der the lead­er­ship of the Norfolk Mu­sic Hub in part­ner­ship with The Wharf Acad­emy, Young Norfolk Arts Trust and the Royal Norfolk Agri­cul­tural As­so­ci­a­tion, Show­stop­pers will fea­ture a choir of 1,000 singers as­sem­bled from all parts of Norfolk.

Show­stop­pers will per­form a spe­cially com­mis­sioned piece of mu­sic at this year’s Royal Norfolk Show, com­posed by Ch­eryl Frances-Hoad, one of the UK’s lead­ing con­tem­po­rary com­posers. The piece will have strong con­nec­tions to Norfolk and its ru­ral land­scape with a text writ­ten ex­clu­sively for the show by lo­cal li­bret­tist Molly Nay­lor and will fo­cus on the earth, agri­cul­ture, and all that our beau­ti­ful county has to of­fer.

And, to top it off, the choir­mas­ter will be Mark De-Lisser, one of the coun­try’s lead­ing vo­cal coaches. Mark has years of ex­pe­ri­ence at the very high­est level hav­ing worked on the BBC’s The Voice and as a lead men­tor on Gareth Malone’s The Naked Choir.

Mark, who spe­cialises in choirs and con­tem­po­rary choral ar­rang­ing, is rel­ish­ing the op­por­tu­nity to be part of this unique once-in-a-life­time event.

Ali­son Cor­field, from Norfolk Mu­sic Hub, said: “The stag­ing of this project is a turn­ing point for mu­si­cal ed­u­ca­tion in Norfolk and will al­low us to forge re­la­tion­ships and strengthen part­ner­ships for fu­ture sus­tain­abil­ity.

“Show­stop­pers will pro­vide a unique op­por­tu­nity for 1,000 young­sters and adult singers to come to­gether for an un­for­get­table ex­pe­ri­ence and will leave a last­ing legacy to in­spire and in­form fu­ture events. .

“With the as­sis­tance of a newly ap­pointed com­mu­nity mu­sic co-or­di­na­tor, mu­sic mak­ing in Norfolk is re­ally be­gin­ning to take com­mu­nity co­he­sion to that next level. We re­ally feel that this project will leave a last­ing foot­print on our county: a county to truly be proud of!” said Ali­son.

Ap­pli­ca­tions from choirs across the county have been flood­ing in and the num­ber of singers has al­ready passed 950. The choirs tak­ing part are a mix of school choirs and adult com­mu­nity choirs.

To be part of this unique op­por­tu­nity and to per­form at the Royal Norfolk Show please visit nor­folk­mu­sichub. org.uk/show­stop­pers to reg­is­ter and sign up. There is no age re­stric­tion, but reg­is­tra­tion closes on Fri­day, April 28. This year’s Royal Norfolk Show takes place on June 28 and 29. Tick­ets can be bought on­line from www.roy­al­nor­folk­show.co.uk

Mark De-Lisser (fourth from left) at Norfolk Mu­sic Hub Expo at Dun­ston Hall with ACM Gospel Choir

Ch­eryl Frances-Hoad

Show­stop­pers launch

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