Office Choir of the Year 2017

The search for the best office choir starts here!

“Our OCOTY experience was wonderful; we got to know other workplace choirs and hear them sing and – having made it to the final  we were privileged to perform in one of London’s top classical music venues. We loved it!”
Aysha Tupman-Newbery, Citi

Applications are now open for the 2017 Office Choir of the Year Competition!

Over the course of the competition you will have the opportunity to perform Handel’s ‘Messiah’, a seminal choral work with orchestra.

This year the competition set piece will be Fauré’s masterpiece ‘Cantique de Jean Racine’.
For further information contact or download your application pack here.


Time Line of Events

September 29th – Launch Event 18:30
Citigroup Centre, 33 Canada Square, Canary Wharf, E14 5LB

November 9th 2016 – First Heat 19:30
St James’ Church Clerkenwell, EC1R 0EA

December 14th 2016 – Handel’s Messiah 19:30
St John’s Waterloo, SE1 8TY

January 2017 – Online #singOFFice Round

March 10th 2017 – Final 19:30
St John’s Smith Square, SW1P 3HA


Meet the Judges

David Lawrence
David Lawrence is one of the UK's most versatile conductors, working with orchestras, symphony choruses and national youth choirs. He has conducted in more than 20 countries, including India, the USA, UAE, Singapore, and has worked regularly in Australia since 2005. David is on the choral staff of the London Symphony Orchestra and City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, and is well known as a leader of ‘big sing’ events, such as the 700-voice Spem in Alium he conducted for BBC 4 and the Young Voices concert series, which annually sees him conduct choirs of more than 8,000 singers.
Esther Jones
Esther Jones is an established choral conductor, adjudicator and workshop leader based in London. She studied music at Oxford University and choral conducting at the Royal Academy of Music, where she was the first Open Academy Fellow and now teaches part-time. In addition she is Deputy Musical Director of the National Youth Choirs of Great Britain, Acting Artistic Director of London Youth Choir and a Project Director for ‘Created out of mind’ - an initiative at the Wellcome Collection which draws together scientists and artists to study dementia and the arts. Other recent engagements include working as a tutor on BBC TV’s The Choir: Sing while you work with Gareth Malone, conducting Britten’s A children’s crusade at Aldeburgh International Festival, and chorus-mastering NYCGB singers for an award-winning performance of Britten’s War Requiem conducted by Marin Alsop.
Lucy Griffiths
Lucy Griffiths is much in demand as a conductor, workshop leader and animateur. She is Assistant Director of Music at the University of Warwick, Conductor of the London Symphony Orchestra's Junior Choir, and Musical Director of the Severn Trent Water Choir. She has a busy and varied career, working with many of the UK's orchestras and opera companies. Lucy is a specialist in the field of choral education and engagement. She believes passionately in the power of music to positively transform lives, and enjoys working with singers of ages and from all walks of life.