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Birmingham-based singers of all abilities wanted for Godiva Awakes Choir

  • Date: 14 January 2011
  • Area: Midlands
A lady wearing glasses is conducting a choir

Ilona Sekacz leads the Godiva Awakes Choir.

Imagineer Productions and BAFTA-winning composer Ilona Sekacz are recruiting Birmingham-based singers of all abilities - from those who have never sung before to those with experience - for the already 40-strong Godiva Awakes Choir. The Godiva Awakes Choir is an opportunity to be part of the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad.

On Saturday 29 January 12.30-3.30pm and Sunday 30 January 3.15pm and 6.15pm people with a passion for singing are invited to take part in an open workshop audition at Birmingham Hippodrome to form part of what will be a 100-strong choir. The final choir will be made up of voices from across the region who will perform in 2012 as part of the Godiva Awakes project.

Godiva Awakes is part of Artists taking the lead, a series of 12 public art commissions across the UK to celebrate the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad. Arts Council England is delivering the project in partnership with the Arts Council of Northern Ireland, Creative Scotland and Arts Council of Wales.

Imagineer Productions will create a 10-metre-high Lady Godiva, who will awake from her sleeping chamber in July 2012 to a spectacular performance and, powered by 50 cyclists, journey to London to play a part in the London 2012 celebrations. She will be a symbol of justice for the 21st century embodying the values of fair play, friendship, respect and courage that are at the heart of the Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Ilona Sekacz said: 'I hope people of all ages and singing abilities will come along to take part. The workshop will include a wide range of musical styles and vocal techniques and those chosen to form part of the Godiva Awakes Choir will have a great opportunity to get involved with a project inspired by London 2012 right here in the West Midlands.'

Kathi Leahy said: 'The choir is another way in which people in the West Midlands can get involved with the Godiva Awakes project. Choir members to-date have shown fantastic commitment to rehearsing demonstrating the role singing has in reviving community spirit and bringing people from all walks of life together. The choir amazed people in Coventry with their first public performances in September and like the team at Imagineer they too are looking forward to additional members being recruited from across the region to take part in performances planned for later this year and of course for when Godiva awakes in 2012.'

To register your interest in attending the singing workshop at Birmingham Hippodrome on either 29 or 30 January please contact Julie Boyle, Project Co-ordinator on 02476652882/07799540176 or email

To find out more about Godiva Awakes and to follow the Godiva Awakes Choir visit

Imagineer Productions are working in partnership with Birmingham Hippodrome to develop the Birmingham element of the Godiva Awakes Choir.

Godiva Awakes is supported by the Coventry and Warwickshire Partnership for the 2012 Games (CW2012) - a unique combination of public, private and voluntary organisations, working together to maximise opportunities for the sub-region arising from the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. To see how Coventry and Warwickshire as a whole is maximising the benefits from London 2012 visit