The Hallé are delighted to announce that PwC have been crowned winners of the 2016 Hallé Corporate Choir Competition.
The competition – which took place at Hallé St Peter’s on the afternoon of the 25th November – featured choirs from organisations across Greater Manchester, with each choir performing two Christmas themed songs.
PwC earned their title for their performances of arrangements of The Christmas Song and Good King Wenceslas.
PwC were the first company ever to win the Hallé Corporate Choir competition back in 2013 when the competition was established with support from the North West Business Leadership Team, and they have now become the first choir ever to win the prize twice.
Jonathan Downing, member of the PwC choir, said:
‘Our choir at work is immensely rewarding on so many levels, boosting confidence and teamwork, aside from the sheer enjoyment in the middle of the day. More than anything else, we’ve had a lot of fun singing together. With such a high standard of performance across the competition, we’re really proud of what we’ve achieved.’
The TransPennine Express choir were also recognised on the night, winning the Sir Mark Elder Award, a prize given at the judge’s discretion for a particular aspect of the performance. The award was given this year for the best acapella performance by an individual choir and was awarded to TransPennine Express for their performance of the lesser known arrangement of Away in a Manger by R Jacques.
Miranda Williams, member of the TransPennine Express Choir, said:
‘We are thrilled to have won the Sir Mark Elder Award for Best A Capella Choir. After such a fantastic afternoon listening to the other choirs, who all sounded excellent, this was the icing on the cake! There’s always such a great buzz at the Halle Choir Competition and we look forward to coming back next year.’
The competition featured more choirs than ever before this year, with other entrances coming from Brother International, Bruntwood, Cheadle Hulme School, GE Capital, The Nightingale Centre (part of South Manchester Hospital), Siemens Plc, and Together.
Matthew Hamilton – Hallé Choral Director and Corporate Choir Competition Judge said:
‘There was an astonishingly high standard from a record number of choirs this year. I’m so pleased that people working in businesses are getting such inspiring coaching from the Halle’s choral team, and that they’re evidently getting so much joy from being part of a choir.’
Watch the highlights of our Corporate Choir Competition here.