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Hospital sponsors charity choir contest

Benenden Hospital is sponsoring a Hospice in the Weald choir competition – with the final taking place at the Assembly Hall Theatre in Tunbridge Wells on Saturday 27 February.

Six local choirs are through to the final which will be an X Factor style event, with an expert panel of judges giving their verdicts on each group before announcing the winners.

The event is being held to raise funds for the charity which needs £7 million a year to maintain vital services.

One choir hoping to build on a run of success will be an all-female group, Green Street Blues from Badgers Mount, who were named choir of the year at the Bournemouth Festival in June with their wide range of song styles, including modern, show tunes and pop. They will be up against five rivals with a wide range of styles.

Antiphony, from the Marden area, sing a cappella arrangements of popular songs, jazz standards and original material. Mumma Mia, a group of school mums, have had such success since they formed that they were featured in Woman magazine and Meridian News. Hilden Grange School choir has 84 members currently and regularly takes part in festivals. CREATE Community Choir was born out of community arts staged around Camden Road, Tunbridge Wells. And Kilndown Community Choir, with members aged from 10 to 90, perform everything from pop songs to sacred music.

Tickets for the final are £15 per adult, £12 concessions and £5 for under-16s. Music lovers can book at the Assembly Hall Theatre or alternatively they can phone Ellie Sawyer on 01892 820547 or email

Published on 14 January 2016