The search is on! Lichfield Festival has launched a brand new competition to find the inaugural Midlands Choir of the Year. The winning vocal group will not only receive a cash prize but the chance to perform live at the 40th Lichfield Festival in 2021.
Open to amateur, adult singing groups, the festival is keen to hear from ensembles of all types and from all musical genres – from gospel to barbershop, classical to jazz, rock to a cappella, sacred or secular – and entries are being encouraged from across the Midlands region, including Derbyshire, Herefordshire, Leicestershire, Lincolnshire, Northamptonshire, Nottinghamshire, Rutland, Shropshire, Staffordshire, Warwickshire, West Midlands and Worcestershire.
Semi-final and final rounds will be held live during this year’s festival, with the final itself taking place in the stunning surroundings of Lichfield Cathedral.
The winning group will lift the first Midlands Choir of the Year trophy on 12 July and the victorious singers will then be offered a prestigious performance opportunity at the 40th Lichfield Festival in 2021.
Choirs need to complete an online application and send their recorded entry ahead of the closing date of 31 March 2020. Full details of how to enter, plus full terms and conditions, are available at the Midlands Choir of the Year website www.mcoty.org.
Photo caption: Lichfield Festival. Image courtesy of Redlock Photography.