AN AGRICULTURAL group made up of youngsters from East Staffordshire have finished runners-up in a national singing competition last week. Uttoxeter Young Farmers' Club paired up with members from Eccleshall's cohort to earn second place in the “Choir Competition” at the National Federation of Young Farmers (NFYFC) Competition Day was held at the Stafford County Showground on Saturday, July 6. The group consisted of 15 singers, some of whom had never sang publicly before the regional West Midlands competition in the previous round.
Aged between 13 and 27, members of the team were choreographed by Eccleshall representatives Imogen Bloxham and Harriet Wilson as they practiced.
The music act were required to perform two songs; one that had appeared in the UK Top 40 singles chart during the year of 2018 and another of their own choosing.
The group decided to sing “I’ll be There” by Jess Glynne and “Africa” originally performed by Toto, adding in some colourful umbrella props along the way.
Out of a possible 240 marks based on a variety of criteria, the team finished with 207 points; just five behind winners Devon Young Farmers’ Club.
Eccleshall Young Farmers’ Club chairman Harry Bowers said: “It has been great to see how the members from two clubs have all come together.
“The final performance showcased our weeks of hard work and we have come such a long way since the county competition back in November last year.”
A spokesperson from Staffordshire Young Farmers’ Club (YFC) added: “Competitions are a very important aspect of YFC, offering members new opportunities to develop their confidence, skills and learning.
“The Choir Competition is aimed to help members learn new performance techniques, develop musical skills and experience singing to a large audience which, on Saturday, was over 400 members, supporters and associates of YFC from across the country.”
There are 615 Young Farmers Clubs across England and Wales dedicated to helping youngsters who have interest in agriculture and the countryside.
Members are aged between 10 and 26 and the federation currently has 24,500 members registered with them.
The NFYFC is acclaimed to be one of the largest rural youth organisations in the UK dedicated to young people who have a love for agriculture and rural life. All young people are welcome to join, you do not have to be involved with farming.
Those interested in joining a YFC can email or visit www.staffsyoungfarmers.org.uk for more information.
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