Top Choir Kent 2011 - Report

The all-women close-harmony choir, Viva Acappella from Orpington, took the title of Top Choir Kent 2011 after a thrilling, hard-fought, final in front of a packed audience (500 people) at Shirley Hall in Canterbury on Saturday. (16th April).

The choir, made up of 26 women singers under their musical director, Gaynor Dugay, was the judges' unanimous choice.

The chairman of the judges, Dr David Flood, who is Organist and Master of Choristers at Canterbury Cathedral, praised the energy and enthusiasm of Viva Acappella. He said: “Their performance was underpinned by great discipline, great teamwork and great diction.” He added: “They really reached out to the audience”.

Viva Acappella were awarded the Brett Top Choir Kent Trophy by Bill Brett, Managing Director of the Brett Group and they will now perform at this year's Canterbury Festival as their prize.

Gaynor Dugay, the Musical Director and conductor of Viva Acappella was bowled over at the result. She said: “It’s been a fantastic evening. The standard of all the choirs has been superb – but to win was beyond our wildest dreams.” She added: “We’re ecstatic.”

The other seven other finalists – who each received £100 for taking part - all received high praise from David Flood, who made these encouraging comments about the runner-up choirs:

The added bonus of the evening was a performance by last year’s Top Choir Kent winners, Green Street Blues from Sevenoaks who sang whilst the judges considered their verdict.

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