Your chance to be in choir for Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

Just Regional
Sep 18, 2014 3 mins read

Norfolk’s Broadland Youth Choir is on the hunt for new members to participate in the inspirational experience of singing on the Norwich Theatre Royal stage in the hit musical Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.

The musical arrives in town on October 28 for a week’s run and will star X-Factor finalist Lloyd Daniels as Joseph, TV’s Over the Rainbow winner Danielle Hope as the Narrator, and EastEnders and Dancing On Ice star Matt Lapinskas as Pharaoh.

This retelling of the Biblical story of Joseph started life as a pop cantata in 1967 when it was written for a school concert by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice – and productions today still feature a choir on stage comprised of local schoolchildren.

Broadland Youth Choir’s musical director Carole Tims, who started the choir over 20 years ago, has provided young voices for a number of visiting productions at the Norwich theatre since 1997 – including Evita and Whistle Down The Wind – and this year’s production by Bill Kenwright is no exception.

“This will be the 270th performance of the show I have seen,” she said. “I know it by heart even down to exactly what instruments play with each song.”

Carole said the choir was currently recruiting new members and any singer aged seven up to 13 or 14 with an ‘upper’ voice who joins in the next two weeks will be in with a chance of appearing in the show.

“Doing Joseph is great fun but the children have to be very disciplined and we do drill them quite hard time. But it is a good introduction into stage work and it can be inspirational. They are so lucky to get such an opportunity to work in a professional production on a stage like the Theatre Royal’s.”

The Broadland Youth Choir participates in other events too, such as the annual EDP Festival of Choirs at St Andrew’s Hall, which this year takes place on December 9, and will also be directed by Carole.

The choir has around 40 to 50 members at any one time from all over Norfolk, ranging from young juniors up to seniors who sing as tenors or basses. Some members have gone on to study music in higher education and many return to take part in the Festival of Choirs.

Rehearsals take place at the Salhouse Jubilee Hall on Friday afternoons, starting at 4.30pm for smaller children and then running from 5.30-6.30pm for the whole choir.

For more information on joining the choir, contact Carole on 01603 721912.

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat - Danielle Hope as Narrator - credit Darren Bell

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