Chantage shared the stage at the Holy Redeemer, Exmouth Market with The Fourth Choir for a joint performance the day after the UK elections. The choirs performed several joint numbers, including Faire is the Heaven for double choir, by William Harris. Chantage performed songs from their recent Album 'My Promise', and selections from Frank Martin Mass for double choir.
Chantage is delighted with all the amazing feedback and reviews for our first Prom on Saturday 16 August 2014! 5 stars in the Times, 4 stars in the Guardian, Telegraph and Independent, as well as a huge number of positive tweets and comments. Thanks to everyone who gave their feedback - here's just a sample:
Chantage took the stage with the great flamenco guitarist, Paco Pena, to perform his popular Missa Flamenco. The performance marked a new interpretation of the piece, in which an African vocal ensemble was incorporated, lead by South African composer Neo Muyanga.
Paco and Neo had discovered a certain pattern of similarity between African and Flamenco rhythms, and this concert brought together the two elements in a fantastically exciting and successful experiment.
Chantage joined with the Swingle Singers and the Urban Big Band for a concert performance of Duke Ellington's Sacred Concert, the Swingle Singers as the soloists and narrators. A new interpretation of the tap dance sequence was for two of the Swingle Singers to have a Beatboxing drum solo, in which the two vocal percussionists bounced rhythmic ideas off each other, gradually building to a climax before the band come back in.
The concert also saw the premiere of a new set of Interludes written by Ken Burton, designed to link together the choral version sections of Michael Tippett's 5 Negro Spirituals.
Chantage were invited to record at Abbey Road Studios with indie band, Elbow, in a live performance/recording of their Mercury Music Prize winning album, The Seldom Seen Kid. The recording was also broadcast on BBC Radio 2.
Over 1 million views were recorded from people pressing their Red Button or going online to watch the unique performance Elbow gave with Chantage and the BBC Concert Orchestra, making it the most popular music session ever shown on the BBC's Red Button.
Lewis Carnie, Head of Programmes for Radio 2 and 6 Music said:
"I'm delighted that so many Radio 2 listeners accessed one of the finest live performances we have ever recorded for Radio 2"
The Grand Final of BBC Radio 3 Choir of the Year took place on 9 December, 2006 at the Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff. Eight choirs (four category winners and four wildcard winners) sung for victory and the title of BBC Radio Three Choir of the Year 2006.
An audience of 2,000 people filled the venue to capacity, erupting with cheers, clapping and congratulations as Roger Wright, BBC Radio 3 Controller, announced the judges' decision, that Chantage had won BBC Radio 3 Choir of the Year 2006.
The accolade crowns Chantage as the best amateur choir in the UK. The win also secures the choir a commission for a new choral work by a composer of the choir's choice, sponsored by BBC Radio 3.
In addition Chantage also won the Audience Prize - voted for by the spectators at the Grand Final. The audience of 2,000 - made up of supporters from competing choirs and music fans - was asked to vote for their favourite choir as the judges deliberated.