This is the competition for the “Best Classical Act” in The News (Portsmouth) newspaper. The choir won it back in 2015 and it would be great to win it again.
The selection is a shortlist arising from recommendations made by classical musicians who write reviews for The News.
These awards rely on people voting for them online from a long list of contenders.
Click on https://bit.ly/2DXMDMe
Go to around 1/3 down the very long page and find the link for voting. (Click on “skip survey” if it pops up – it’s a fairly cluttered page!). You can vote only once using one email address. Pass it onto your friends. Voting closes Sunday 30 December. The winners are announced on Monday 28 January.
The nominations are as follows.
1. Meon Valley Orchestra, the area’s newest large ensemble. The Orchestra has gone from from a handful of folk musicians to a full blown orchestra of forty five players. Their charity concerts have raised nearly £8,000.
2. The Renaissance Choir for their imaginative programming and their blend. “Their excellent sound seems as if it comes from a single person”.
3. Solent Symphony Orchestra for their performance of Saint-Saens’ organ symphony. “An orchestra whose skill and performing eloquence is equal to much larger and better known ensembles.”
4. Colin Jagger of Portsmouth University for his 15 years of bringing class acts to the Portsmouth Chamber Music series.
5. The Kalore Trio “for their exquisite music, beautifully played; the outcome of which was a truly memorable Sunday afternoon in Holy Trinity Gosport”.
6.The Petersfield Orchestra, described as “a class act whose sound was clear and resonant, with energetic and accomplished playing”.
7. The chamber choir from Portsmouth Grammar School who performed with the internationally famous Tallis Scholars. They sang with accuracy and panache, unawed by their professional neighbours.
8. Portsmouth Choral Union for their performance of Vaughan Williams’ titanic Sea Symphony in a memorable concert from “a well-schooled group of talented singers”.
9. Beechwood Opera for their performance of the Marriage of Figaro at the New Theatre Royal. A young, entrepreneurial, ambitious, local, opera company producing exciting performances.
10. Readers’ choice.