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Winners of BBC’s The Choir perform in Shrewsbury this Spring

Semi-Toned, an all-male acapella group from Exeter University have been crowned the ‘best in Britain,’ after winning the finals of Gareth Malone’s The Choir on BBC Two.  Shrewsbury School are delighted to be hosting the group in concert in early 2017.

Founded in 2010 and featuring past Shrewsbury School pupil Rob Cross, the group have been the subject of some high profile attention in recent years; having featured on Olly Murrs’ UK-wide tour in 2015 and receiving five star reviews for all their Edinburgh Fringe Festival shows to date.    Their new tour ‘Sing Theory’ will be coming to Shropshire on Friday 17th March and will burst in to Shrewsbury School’s Maidment Auditorium with the energy and individuality that won the group the title of best amateur choir in Britain.

Describing themselves as "13 geeky boys with deeply suspect dance moves”, Semi-Toned is made up of a bunch of self-confessed choir-nerds, musical theatre enthusiasts and disillusioned rock musicians. They’re one of many choirs established as part of the UK’s burgeoning university a cappella scene.   A cappella music has risen in popularity in recent years following the smash hit movie ‘Pitch Perfect’ and many schools and universities having their own acapella groups. 

Gareth Malone OBE, the country’s favourite Choirmaster, crowned the group winners after they fought off competition from a whole host of vocal groups from every corner of the Britain.  Gareth Malone said: "I'm thrilled to bring a fresh search for the musical rough diamonds among the British public to BBC2. Having discovered the best a cappella groups the nation has to offer last year, this series goes one step further, pitting groups from all types of music head to head."

Gareth Malone has won two BAFTAs, an International Emmy Award and numerous other accolades for his previous series, and he was awarded an O.B.E. for his services to music in 2012.  He has quickly become a national treasure thanks to his ability to nurture otherwise hidden musical talent from a broad demographic of the British public.

He said: ''I'm so delighted for all the groups who applied and took part in this year's series. It has been an amazing experience getting to know the groups.

"Although the other two finalists came on leaps and bounds during the contest, they were pipped at the post with a fantastically spirited performance.''

The group will be performing in Shrewsbury School’s Maidment Auditorium on Friday 17th March 2017 at 7.30pm, and tickets are available from www.ticketsource.co.uk/shrewsburyschool or 01743 280812 at £10.00 each.

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