Newcastle choir Voices of Hope, featuring many Newcastle University graduates and staff, were crowned BBC Choir of the Year 2016.
After winning the Adult Category at Symphony Hall, Birmingham in October, Voices of Hope competed in the Grand Final at the Millennium Centre in Cardiff, and were announced as the winner by chair of the judges, Harry Christophers.
Musical Director and Founder, Simon Filder, said: "Voices of Hope is thrilled to have won the National Choir of the Year competition 2016. It is the culmination of five years' work together and we feel very proud to represent Newcastle and the north east. We thank Newcastle University for the vital role it has played in our development.
"Professor Agustin Fernandez recognised our potential early on, inviting us to sing his music and making us artists in residence for a spell. The music department has generously given us rehearsal spaces when needed and offered support at various times. We are proud to count university staff, students and alumni among our number and look forward to continuing our close relationship as the choir moves on to new challenges."
published on: 27 January 2017