Drive Featured Carols - from the UK's best amateur choral societies
Monday 7 - Friday 11 December, after 6pm
Classic FM, in association with Making Music - the membership organisation for amateur music in the UK - has been on the look out for great amateur choral groups this Christmas.
So every evening this week on Classic FM Drive, in place of the usual Drive Featured Album, John Brunning will be showcasing performances by some of the country’s best amateur choral groups.
Listen in after 6pm to hear these choirs bringing you the heart and soul of Christmas:
Monday 7 December
Cadenza: Ding Dong Merrily on High
Formed in 1992, Cadenza is considered one of Scotland’s finest, most exciting amateur mixed voice choirs. They have performed throughout Scotland and beyond, with music covering all periods and most styles.
Tuesday 8 December
Sheffield Philharmonic Chorus: Joy to the World
The Sheffield Philharmonic Chorus was founded in 1935 as the resident chorus for Sheffield City Hall. The Chorus performs a challenging and exciting range of music with leading conductors and orchestras.
Wednesday 9 December
Reading Phoenix Choir: Coventry Carol
Made up of 50 singers, Reading Phoenix Choir sing a varied repertoire, mostly a cappella and from memory. They perform approximately 15 concerts each year, fundraising for many charities.
Thursday 10 December
London Oriana Choir: In the Bleak Mid Winter
The London Oriana Choir is one of London's most exciting choral groups. Its 120 members, ranging from 18 to 80, all united by a shared love of choral singing.
Friday 11 October
Four Oaks Cluster Choir: Colours of Christmas
The Four Oaks Cluster Choir from Sutton Coldfield began in April 2005 with just 20 members. Membership has since grown to over 60 singers aged 9-13 and covers numerous local schools.