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Date:- 27 March 2006

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LIVERPOOL CHOIR TRIUMPHS IN FIRST ROUND OF BBC RADIO 3 COMPETITION

SENSE of Sound, a multi-cultural urban singing group from Liverpool, triumphed in the adult category at the regional auditions of BBC Radio 3 Choir of Year www.choiroftheyear.co.uk or www.bbc.co.uk/radio3, the UK’s largest national amateur group singing competition, to make it through to the next stage.

BBC Radio 3 Choir of the Year is searching the country for the nation’s best amateur singing group. Over 5,000 singers from choirs as diverse as Gospel and beat box are taking part, reflecting the range and depth of music making in communities across the UK. All choirs are singing to win a place in the Grand Final in December broadcast on BBC Radio 3 and BBC 4.

Sense of Sound’s 25 singers impressed judges with powerful performances of four songs – Artful Dodger’s Think About Me and Sting’s Fragile.

BBC Radio 3 Choir of Year judge, Gillian Dibden, conductor and music coach, said:- “Sense of Sound were an accomplished choir conveying the full joy of performance. I was very impressed.”

Sense of Sound was one of 11 choirs taking part in the audition held at Manchester’s Royal Northern College of Music. Five choirs across the four categories, including Sense of Sound, go forward to the next stage at which judges select the category finalists.

BBC Radio 3 Editor, Edward Blakeman, said:- “Choir of the Year is a fantastic opportunity to bring together choirs from all musical traditions and from all parts of the country and we look forward to a really exciting final in December.”

Category and Grand Finals..

v Category Finals, 11 and 12 November – Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff

v Grand Finals, 10 December – Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff.

Tickets:- Music lovers and singing fans can reserve tickets for the audition rounds by contacting competition organisers, Kallaway Ltd, on 020 7221 7883. Information for tickets for the Category and Grand Finals will be posted on www.choiroftheyear.co.uk during the competition.

Entering the Competition:- Singing groups and choirs can find out full details of the competition and apply to enter through a new dedicated website, www.choiroftheyear.co.uk .

BT targets heavy broadband users

BT has announced that they will be targeting customers who regularly break their monthly broadband download limits. The 3,000 customers they have identified will be given the option of paying for their high use, or risk losing their connection all together.

Karen Darby, CEO from SimplySwitch.com comments:- "Ironically, this could be good news for heavy broadband users. If BT pulls the plug on their contract, they will no longer be tied in to a product with a download limit. There are many new, competitively priced products with little or no download limits, which could be more suitable for heavy users. It is worth checking what is available before signing up to an alternative BT tariff. Savings of over £100 a year are possible, however not all 'unlimited deals' are actually 'unlimited', so we always check the small print for customers."

What do you our readers think of this move by BT?

European Space Camp In The Land Of The Midnight Sun

IF you are interested in space and science, aged between 17 and 20 and would enjoy the experience of launching your own rocket, then apply to take part in this summer's European Space Camp, to be held in northern Norway at the Andoya Rocket Range.

Students from all over the world interested in physics, space and electronics can apply to take part in the summer camp which takes place from 28 July to 6 August. The course and accommodation are provided but students have to pay for, and make, their own travel arrangements.

For more information about the event see this website.

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