Thousands of school children from throughout Lancashire are singing their hearts out as the battle to find the region’s top school choir begins.

Over 2,000 children from over 50 schools are taking part in the Last Choir Singing Competition 2018.

Manor Road Primary School, Chorley have already booked their place in the finals after winning the first of seven regional heats last week. Further heats will take place over the next two weeks in locations including Fleetwood, Colne and Blackburn.

The winners will go through to the finals on 15th June at King George’s Hall, Blackburn where 13 schools will battle it out for overall title of Last Choir winner.

Duncan Heather, the acclaimed international vocalist, acted as compère at the first heat, for the South and Central region, held at the Croston Theatre, Westholme Senior School in Blackburn last week. Manor Road Primary wooed judges with their rendition of Michael Jackson’s ‘Bad’ at the South and Central regional heat The theatre erupted with cheers as they were announced as the winners.

Jay Brown, Choirmaster at Manor Road Primary School, said: This competition is a great platform for us to showcase our singing to the wider community. The Manor Road choir goes from strength to strength. We started three years ago with approximately 20 children and now are at 35, a third of which are boys. We really wanted to showcase some harmonies this year and show how we have developed as a choir. The choir have worked so hard. It’s fantastic that we are going through to the Final.”

Duncan Heather commented: “Manor Road were wonderful and it will be great to see them in the Final in June at King George’s Hall, Blackburn. Runners up, Lea Community, shone too. In fact, the standard of every choir was high, and well done to the new choirs that took part in the Heat. They did an amazing job.”

The Last Choir Singing is organised and sponsored by True Bearing Chartered Financial Planners. True Bearing’s Chairman, George Critchley, said: “The competitions demonstrates that music education is alive and well in Lancashire and gives children a chance to discover the joys of singings. The competition is now in it’s fourth year and the number of choirs entering is increasing each year.”

Last Choir Singing is also supported by Pennine Wealth Solutions and BBC Radio Lancashire, working in partnership with Blackburn with Darwen Music Service, Lancashire Music Hub and Blackpool Music Service.

The remaining heats will take place on 14, 15 and 16 March at The Marine Hall, Fleetwood; on 17 March at Westholme Senior School, Blackburn; and 22 March at the Muni Theatre, Colne.