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July 16th, 2008 - Bradford Girls' Choir at Llangollen Eistedffod


The Bradford Girls' Choir have just returned from Wales, where they have finished in the top 10 in an international choir competition!

The choir took part in the senior children choir class of the Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod in Wales, home of the famous "Choir of the World" competition.

They competed against choirs from Australia, Russia, USA, Ukraine, South Africa, Wales and England. This is the choir's first ever performance in an international festival: To be chosen to compete in the finals, hundreds of choirs from around the world send in CD's, from which 14 choirs are chosen to compete on the prestigious Royal Pavilion Stage in Llangollen.


 

Competing against some of the worlds finest choirs, the Bradford Girls' Choir were placed a commendable 8th place, (out of 14) which for their first international competition was a great achievement. The adjudicators praised the choir's tuning, diction and presentation noting that with further experience in such events, the choir would continue to improve.




The Bradford Girls' Choir is a choir run by the Diocese of Leeds, and is directed by Christopher McElroy (Assistant Director of Music, Diocese of Leeds.) There are 50 girls (aged 10-17) in the choir drawn from St Joseph's Catholic College, Yorkshire Martyrs, Holy Family Keighley and Catholic primary schools in Bradford and Keighley. The Bradford Youth Choir (of which they are part) is the largest Catholic youth singing programme in the country, and attracts attention nationwide: Christopher McElroy was recently interviewed by Aled Jones on BBC R3 about the programme.

The choir have just returned from a week's tour to France, where they performed concerts in Paris and Lourdes (In the Rosary Basilica, to an audience of over 1000 people!)



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