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