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Stratford choir starring in television singing competition

PUBLISHED: 17:00 22 September 2015 | UPDATED: 17:13 22 September 2015

Gareth Malone is hosting The Naked Choir (picture: Twenty Twenty Brighton/Mark Johnson)

Gareth Malone is hosting The Naked Choir (picture: Twenty Twenty Brighton/Mark Johnson)

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A Stratford choir is taking centre stage on a BBC Two programme tonight.

Stratford East Singers are one of eight choirs taking part in the programme (picture: Twenty Twenty Brighton/Mark Johnson)Stratford East Singers are one of eight choirs taking part in the programme (picture: Twenty Twenty Brighton/Mark Johnson)

Stratford East Singers, who are based at Theatre Royal Stratford East, are one of eight choirs featured on The Naked Choir with Gareth Malone.

The 15-strong a capella group were among around 125 to audition for the show back in February.

“During the auditions we were nicknamed Team No Sleep because we rehearsed so much,” said singer Abena Adofo.

“We were really excited to get through.”

Tonight’s opening episode will see choirmaster Gareth work with four groups before they face a live audience and a jury.

One group will then be eliminated from the six-week contest.

“It was great working with Gareth and the coaches,” said Abena.

“He’s so humble and he seemed like he really wanted you to get through.”

The competition focuses on the challenge of a capella singing – performing without instruments or backing tracks.

Abena said that she hoped the choir could “do Newham proud”.

“We’re a community choir, and we’re the only one of the eight where you don’t have to audition,” she said.

“We’re of different sexualities, different religions, different ages.

“It’s lovely that you get to meet so many different people.”

The Naked Choir with Gareth Malone will air on BBC Two at 9pm tonight.


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