FMVC Young Choir of the Year 2011 Competition
21st May 2011
Previous to 2011, FMVC held a Young Musician of the Year Competition. Winners and history of this event are available to view here.
When did it start?
The choir conductor in 1986 was John Stone, a music and drama teacher in Flint High School, and it was his idea to instigate this event and it has continued until 2010 when it was decided to change the format.
How did it start?
John Stone was naturally interested in promoting music to young people and he persuaded the choir committee to organise the first competition. At that time it was only open to young people attending Flint schools, but this was soon seen as too restrictive and it was made open in 1990. Now it has to change again
The first competition was hosted by Flint High School in their drama theatre and was won by a tiny pianist, Ben Saul, (you should see him now). The entry fee was just £1.50, but the conditions and rules were basically the same . Of course things have to change, they have to develop so as to keep up. Standards are so much higher today than then and so professional adjudicators have to be brought in to ensure fairness and equality.
Over the years, different venues have been used, schools, churches, clubs, but as the competition increases in stature and audience so the venue must offer wider facilities. It has been held since 2008 at the Masonic Buildings in Flint who very kindly place their excellent premises at our disposal free of charge.
From the beginning the choir members have been actively involved and it is now standard practice for them to give a performance during the adjudication process.
We now have a further development. In 2010, due to a dearth of entries, we only had four, the competition had to be suspended and we took a fresh look at the concept with advice from teachers and parents.
2011 will see a new choral competition for junior and senior school choirs to be held on the 23rd of May at the Gwynedd School in Flint. Entry forms and information are being distributed throughout the area and we hope it will breathe new life into this event.
The prizes and the rewards
There are 2 trophies in each section, first and second with cash prizes of £200 and £100 accordingly. The choir adjudged the “Choir of the Year” will be invited to sing at a prestigious concert with Flint Male Voice Choir.
The new trophies, sponsored by generous choir members, will be adapted to suit the new competition and we hope that the considerable sponsorship donated annually by local supporters will continue.
The Rules and Entry Form
The Rules of the Competition can be found here, and a printable entry form can be found here: