Bleadon Belles are choir final winners

PUBLISHED: 11:00 21 March 2015

Bleadon Belles

Bleadon Belles

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A NORTH Somerset choir has been crowned as winner of the Women’s Institute (WI) Centenary Choir Competition.

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The Bleadon Belles, the choir of Bleadon WI, fought off competition from other WI choirs and will have the honour of performing at the national organisation’s 100th annual meeting at London’s Royal Albert Hall on June 4.

The Bleadon Belles took to the stage at the final, held in Birmingham on Saturday, and performed Beyond The Sea, Seasons of Love and Somewhere Out There.

They also sang their own rendition of Jonathan Willcock’s Singing for Joy, a piece composed for the competition.

The 26 ladies beat more than 50 other choirs to take the top spot.

Photo by Andrew BillingtonPhoto by Andrew Billington

Pam Lamb, of the Bleadon Belles, said: “We were so delighted to win, we never expected to make the semi-finals let alone the final. We’ve only been singing together for a year.

“We brought a couple of bottles of fizz with us so we’ll be having a celebratory drink on the way home.

“We’re so excited to be performing at The Royal Albert Hall, we haven’t really thought about it until just now as we didn’t think we’d win.

“The village is very proud of us and everyone has been rooting for us all the way.”


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