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York Phil Win Top Awards


Established in 1903 the Eskdale Festival of Arts National Choir Day held in Whitby attracts choirs from all over the country, Held annually in March each year York Philharmonic Male Voice Choir ( York Phil ) have been a regular attender. This year they entered for the Male Voice Choir Class, The Sacred Class and the Recital. With 5 other choirs in the Sacred class the choir won with a moving rendition of Schuberts Psalm 23 and a rousing version of Battle of Jericho. In the Male Voice choir category the men won with distinction singing an eery and galloping version of' Ghost Riders in the Sky' followed by a passionate rendition of 'The Lost Chord'. The day concluded with the main event where 7 choirs competed for the recital class, each one choosing 3 pieces to showcase their ability. The York men won again with distinction. The adjudicator was Marilynne Davies who has achieved many accolades in her musical career. This includes winning the BBC childrens choir of the year and winning with her choir at the Llangollen International eisteddfod. She described York Phil's wonderful holding of harmony in 'Oh what a Beautiful Morning' and thought 'What shall we do with a Drunken Sailor' was stunning!

Berenice Lewis, the Musical Director for 'York Phil' states ‘ she was so proud of the way the choir performed and was delighted to achieve first prize in all categories’ Mike Wash the Chairman was particularly proud stating ‘ much hard work and preparation has paid off, the dedication and commitment from everyone is phenomenal and I am sure the citizens of York must also be proud to have such an outstanding choir on their doorstep’


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