Following last year’s inaugural Music In The Community prize – created to reward an outstanding individual in the voluntary music world - Gramophone has again joined forces with The Times newspaper, and now with the Association of British Choral Directors (abcd) for this year’s follow-up. This time, the search is on to find a choral director who has inspired communities through song.
Experts at Gramophone, abcd and The Times have drawn up a shortlist of five nominees – Islington Music Centre’s Richard Frostick, the National Youth Choir of Wales’s David Lawrence, Cornwall Boys Choir’s Angela Renshaw, Grenville Jones who founded the Golden Oldies, and the Scunthorpe Co-Op Junior Choir’s Sue Hollingworth. The winner will not only bag this special Gramophone award, they will also be invited with their choir to sing at a high-profile abcd concert to honour the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee in 2012. In the meantime one of the abcd’s most admired members, Mike Brewer, has offered his services to help prepare the choir for the big day.
But first, it’s up to Times readers to decide which of the deserving nominees should join Gramophone at the Dorchester Hotel on October 1 to collect their award. You can vote at The Times website (registration required). Check The Times on the morning of October 1 or this website later that day to find out the identity of the winner.