BBC RADIO ULSTER, SCHOOL CHOIR OF THE YEAR

Posted on 22nd February 2016 | News

Before Christmas, the senior choir submitted a CD to a judging panel and were delighted to be told that they had been successful in gaining a place at one of the six regional heats.  After Christmas, the choir spent lunchtimes and even a few weekends, working extremely hard to raise their standard, as they knew they would face experienced choirs in this part of the competition. On the 10 February, twenty seven nervous and excited choir members departed for the Strule Arts Centre, Omagh: when they arrived at the theatre, they were informed that they would be first to perform. They performed two songs, ‘Love Divine’ by Howard Goodall and ‘Choo, Choo, Charlie’, by Doreen Irwin.  They rose to the challenge of the competition and performed with energy and enthusiasm.  Directly after they sang, one of the judges, Richard Yarr (head of classical music at the BBC) commented on their excellent tuning and energy.  Later, Richard Yarr announced that they had won their heat and would progress to the semi-final, to be held on 8 March.  They will joined by the 5 other regional heat winners, to battle it out for a place in the grand final.