Choirs Hit The Winning Note

Two Devon choirs have hit the high note at a music competition.

Exeter Chamber Choir and the East Devon Choral Society, in Tiverton, have scooped the PRS for Music’s Unforgettable Choir title, as well as a £500 prize in the first contest of its kind.

The nationwide competition, organised by PRS for Music, set out to discover the country’s best live recording by an amateur choir, on CD or DVD.

Entries were submitted from gospel groups, school and church choirs, as well as choral societies. Each entry was rated by a panel of music industry judges.

PRS marketing manager Darren Haynes said: “The standard of all the choirs was incredible but the judges’ selection of Andrew Daldorph’s modern oratorio was unanimous.”

Andrew Daldorph, conductor of both the choirs and composer of the piece entitles Songs of Hope and Creation, said: “At the end of the performance in Exeter Cathedral there was a standing ovation. It was an unforgettable experience. It’s great to be recognised by PRS for Music.”