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All-women barbershop choir top in county comp

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    All-women barbershop choir top in county comp

    KOS Kent News Item


    An all-women barbershop choir has scooped the title of this year’s Top Choir Kent winning the chance to perform at an arts festival.

    The 30 female choristers, Green Street Blues, from Sevenoaks, sang in a hard-fought final to a packed audience at Shirley Hall in Canterbury.

    Judges voted unanimously for the women and their musical director and conductor, Peter Kennedy.

    Mr Kennedy said. "
    Green Street Blues were awarded the Brett Top Choir Kent Cup by Tim Brett of the Brett Group and will now perform at this October’s Canterbury Festival as their prize.

    chorister Anne Beasley said. "
    The judges were chaired by Dr David Flood, master of choristers at Canterbury Cathedral, and included the international conductor Nicholas Cleobury and Susan Wanless, head of music at the University of Kent.

    They praised the winning choir’s enthusiasm and musical ability.

    Dr Flood said: "
    He added: "
    Rosie Turner, the artistic director of The Canterbury Festival, added: "
    The seven other finalists included The Baroque Singers, a mixed adult group from Tunbridge Wells, Royal Tunbridge Wells Orpheus Male Voice Choir, Front Room a mixed adult choir from Longfield, Sedecim from Kent College, City of Canterbury Chamber Choir, Opus 32 and St Stephens Church Choir from Canterbury.

    The Top Choir Kent competition is organised and promoted by the Rotary Club of Canterbury and all profits will go toward the club’s charitable works.

    Although the money is still being counted, it’s expected last Saturday’s final will have raised several thousand pounds for Rotary charities.

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