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P&O Ferries Choir stars in BBC's Proms in the Park

By Emily Stott

P&O Ferries Choir is gearing up to perform in front of 40,000 people at the BBC’s Proms in the Park.

This event will be the culmination of the BBC Proms season, and the singers have been rehearsing their hearts out in preparation.

P&O Ferries choir perform at last year's Rotary Club's Top Choir in Kent competition

It will take place at Hyde Park in London as part of the grand finale on September 13.

The choir has also been asked to rehearse the audience throughout the afternoon, to ensure the sing-a-long event runs smoothly.

Jeff ‘The Chef’ May, who sings in the choir’s bass section said: “We thought we had a big audience when we performed with Susan Boyle at the Hammersmith Apollo at the start of the year, then we found ourselves at the Leeds Castle summer concert in front of nearly 10,000 people, which was something I’ll never forget.

“Now we’re preparing to perform for 40,000 people at Proms in the Park. It is a fantastic opportunity and we’re going to give it 110 percent.”

The finale will include a medley from the Mary Poppins musical singing popular songs such as Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious as well as the Last Night classics Land of Hope and Glory, Rule Britannia, Jerusalem and the National Anthem.

After putting the audience through their paces they’ll return to the stage to help close the show, joining the BBC Concert Orchestra and The Royal Choral Society.

"It is a fantastic opportunity and we’re going to give it 110 percent.” - Jeff 'the chef' May.

The performance will be linked live to the Last Night concert at the Royal Albert Hall and the other park performances in Glasgow, Swansea and Belfast.

Sir Terry Wogan will host the proceedings and this will be broadcast to millions of BBC audiences on BBC One and BBC Two.

The P&O Ferries Choir is drawn from the company’s cross-Channel ships and shore locations in Dover and Calais.

At the end of last year they won the BBC’s talent show The Choir and dubbed the best work place choir in the country.

For more information visit www.bbc.co.uk/proms/features/proms-in-the-park.

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