VOCAL talents were put to the test at a mass singing event in Basingstoke.

Hundreds of people took part in Big Big Sing at The Anvil – an event aimed at inspiring thousands of people across the UK to sing in celebration of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games.

Participants learned a song from the Big Big Sing’s Commonwealth Songbook and watched some of the UK’s best choirs compete to be crowned Choir of the Year 2014.

Singers of all ages and styles attempted to impress expert judges to be voted through to the semi-finals, and those watching heard a wide variety of styles from Bach to Barbershop and Gospel choirs to Glee clubs.

Svend Brown, director of Big Big Sing, said: “Big Big Sing is all about the good that singing can do you and getting involved.”

Big Big Sing choirmaster, Eugene Skeef added: “I’ve been away from my home South Africa for more years than I care to remember, but I have never felt more at home than when I am singing in a group with other people anywhere in the world.

“The Big Big Sing experience has brought this home to me with a massive bang like no other.”

Big Big Sing has been funded by Glasgow 2014, Creative Scotland, Glasgow UNESCO City of Music and the Spirit of 2012 Trust.