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City battle of the choirs; 08 Days A Week.

Byline: by CATHERINE JONES Culture Reporter

THE UK's largest amateur singing competition comes to Liverpool next week.

BBC Radio 3 Choir of the Year, the inspiration behind the Beeb's Last Choir Standing, will hold its prestigious category finals at the Philharmonic Hall as part of Capital of Culture celebrations.

TV star Aled Jones will host the extravaganza on November 8-9.

Choirs, who have beaten more than 180 others to get to the finals, will compete to win one of six places in the grand final at London's Royal Festival Hall on December 7.

Categories include pitch perfect performance where 24 of the finest amateur choirs in the country attempt to out-perform each other.

There will also be a chance for members of the audience to discover their hidden singing talent with sing-a longs and workshops.

And five children's choirs perform throughout the weekend in the foyer as part of Sing Up's Taking the Stage.

Aled Jones, who performed at the Hope Street hall himself earlier this year, said: "Liverpool has amazing singing heritage from the Beatles through to Liverpool and Everton football fans singing their supporters' songs."

Judges are Last Choir Standing's Suzi Digby and composer Howard Goodall.

Highlights of the Liverpool Category Finals are broadcast on BBC Radio 3's The Choir on Sunday November 16 and Sunday November 23 at 6.30pm, presented by Aled Jones.

Details on the category finals are available on www.choiroftheyear.co.uk and tickets from the box office on 0151-709 378.

catherinejones@liverpoolecho.co.uk

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