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AGM Video 2016 - Devon YFC win the national choir competition final


Devon members have been named winners of the national choir competition following their bold performance at Blackpool’s Winter Gardens.

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Devon were named the winners of the 2016 national choir competition
Devon were named the winners of the 2016 national choir competition

The group wowed the judges with their performance ‘Don’t You Forget About Me’ and then latterly, ‘One More Day’ from Les Miserables.


Members were tasked of presenting a maximum 10-minute performance consisting of a semi-directed piece of any song originally performed in series five of Glee and also a contrasting piece of their own choice.


Judging the competition was Neill Oldham, head of expressive arts and teacher of Music Bispham Performing Arts School, Blackpool and Janice Pounds, arts adviser, accent music education hub, Warrington.


The groups were marked on the contrast and difficulty level of their chosen songs, accuracy and intonation, tone quality and balance and interpretation of the music.





Speaking to Farmers Guardian, Mr Oldham praised Devon members for their high standard and accomplished singing.


“Janice and I were totally blown away with the winning performance from the Devon group.


“They had such a sense of fun in their first piece, which was a well-polished performance and I really wanted to be on stage joining in with them.


“In contrast, the second piece was a real challenge in term of the musical content and skill level.


“This performance was an absolute highlight of the event.”


Herefordshire YFC were placed in second and Glamorgan YFC in third.


Second place - Herefordshire County Team

Second place - Herefordshire County Team

The Herefordshire County Team sung Pompeii by Bastille and The Turtledove.

Third place - Neath YFC, Glamorgan

Third place - Neath YFC, Glamorgan

Neath YFC sung The Rose, by Bette Midler and traditional Welsh folk song, Cyfri'r Geifr.

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