A Jersey choir received the top prize at the successful Moore Stephens International Choir Festival of Jersey held 6 – 8 October. The Festival attracted choirs from around the world including the UK, Slovenia, Ireland, Sweden and the Channel Islands with the Choir of Choirs finale taking place at Fort Regent on the Saturday evening competition.
Jersey Symphony Orchestra conductor, Philip Ellis, was guest compere for the main competition in which local choir, The Musical Originals Singers, impressed the most, taking the Choir of Choirs award and the £1000 prize. They reached the final as winners of the youth choir section. The young singers, who are all aged 11 to 15, with their conductor Imogen Nicholls also took the audience choice award for their rendition of Kurt Bestior’s Prayer of the Children. Jersey’s other home competitors, adult choir Eight, came top in the chamber choir section.
Moore Stephens Jersey put together its own choir, which performed throughout the Festival and consisted of staff, clients and friends, many of whom had never sung before. Festival organiser, Nick Cabot, undertook the task of melding together the elements of the fledgling choir and to help them learn their parts he produced personalised CDs for the participants to learn from in the lead up to the event. The enthusiastic Moore Stephens staff listened to their CDs in the car on the way to work and colleagues noticed that as the event got nearer choir members were frequently heard singing their parts as they moved around the offices or at their work stations. The CDs proved to be an invaluable learning tool together with months of rehearsals which resulted in a wonderful performance heartily applauded by members of the other competing choirs. It was a remarkable achievement realised in only three months.
Popkoor Kolok from the Netherlands, who performed but did not compete in the Festival, surprised the general public with a flash mob performance in the Central Market, St. Helier in Jersey. Shoppers were taken by surprise as the exceptional choir started to break into song whilst walking around the market.