A Sutton-based women's choir claimed top prize at a national competition on Saturday.

Impromptu was awarded Choir of the Year at Bournemouth Music Competitions Fesitval on Saturday, which invites amateur performers from across the country compete in various categories from May 26 until July 6.

The choir has previously performed on BBC Radio 3 and scooped the top prize in Bournemouth on two occasions.

Choir member Sarah Lee said: "This was a proud day for Impromptu.

"Some of our songs were very challenging and we'd spent months polishing them, so we were very happy that all our hard work had paid off.

"The other choirs in the final were excellent, so we were overjoyed to win." Sarah Lee, choir member.

Choirs perform at Bournemouth's Pavilion Theatre, which will also be the venue for a celebration concert on Saturday July 6.

The festival was established in 1926 by Sir Dan Godfrey, the founder-conductor of the Bournemouth Municipal Orchestra, now the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra.

In the first year, 7,000 competitors travelled to the original Winter Gardens to compete in music, speech, and drama. The festival has since run every year, with a brief gap during World War II.

Impromptu will be performing their award-winning programme plus a selection of other songs from their repertoire at a concert at Sutton Baptist Church on July 11.

They will be joined on the bill by Meantime Chorus, another award-winning choir.

If you are interested in finding out more about Impromptu, or would like to join the choir, please contact them via their website