GEM Connection sang a varied programme at the Torquay Battle of the Choirs, opening with our version of Lady Gaga’s ‘Bad Romance’ and closing with more traditional barbershop singing. We came third overall in a very varied choral competition. At Derbys Arts Festival, we were awarded the Miriam Harding Memorial Rose Bowl for our Concert class performance, once again rated in the Outstanding category, which means ‘An exceptional performance, technically and artistically’. We also won the new Barbershop category at Biddulph Music Festival at the start of October. (See Regional Competition for more details). Finally,we came 4th in the national competition at Harrogate. (See Competition for more details).