Renaissance wow the judges

PUBLISHED: 09:49 06 November 2008 | UPDATED: 09:57 10 June 2010

Renaissance, Exmouth's Ladies barbershop chorus, has just returned from successfully competing in the Jersey International Choral Competition.

Renaissance, Exmouth's Ladies' barbershop chorus, has just returned from successfully competing in the Jersey International Choral Competition. The girls, all from East Devon, came third in their class, but wowed the festival organiser, Nick Cabot and the compere of the evening show, Gareth Malone of the BBC The Choir and Boys can't sing, so much that they were invited to open the second half of the Winner of Winner's Show.

" We were very pleased at how we sang during the competition and felt even better when Gareth Malone asked to be introduced to our musical director, Marie Hoppins, to congratulate her on our performance. Unfortunately, the judges did not share his enthusiasm and placed us third. This was very disappointing as only the top two of each class went onto the Winners' Show in the evening," said Kay Richards. "You can imagine our surprise and elation at being asked by Nick and Gareth to open the second half of the Winner of Winners. The evening was fantastic, there were choirs from all over Europe in the auditorium and, when we finished singing, they gave us a standing ovation."

Renaissance spent four days in Jersey, singing at local schools, churches and putting on shows with choirs from England, Norway, Holland, Slovakia, Ireland and Denmark.

"We had a brilliant time and have been asked to compete in Jersey's next festival. We were also asked whether we wanted to go to Norway next year, but that we have will have to see about," concluded Kay.

For any lady interested in singing with Renaissance, they meet at Christchurch Hall, Exmouth, on Tuesday evenings at 7.30pm.

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