Preston Primary School, Goosnargh Oliversons, has made it to the final of the ‘Last Choir Singing’ competition after winning their heat on Friday 11 March in a show stopping performance at Marine Hall, Fleetwood.

In a very close competition the school choir beat off four other schools to take the Heat Two title. They have received an award of £250 to buy musical equipment for their school.

Duncan Heather (acclaimed international vocalist) who was the compere for the evening, made the announcement to an excited audience following his performance of ‘I Dreamed a Dream’.

Goosnargh’s choir consists of 25 vocalists and is led by Emma Swarbrick, who has been working with the choir since 2007.

Choral Workshops

After attending one of the Last Choir vocal training workshops held in autumn 2015, Emma decided to enter her choir into the competition. The free training sessions were an exciting new element to the competition for 2015/16 and were in response to requests from choral leaders who were looking for additional support in guiding their choirs. Tom Newall (operatic, orchestral and choral conductor) and Duncan Heather were the experts leading the workshops which were extremely well received by all those who attended.

After receiving the award, Helen Sant, Head Teacher at Goosnargh Oliversons C of E Primary School, said: “We are so pleased and proud of our choir’s performance and are delighted to have made it to the Final in June, they really did enjoy themselves.”

Judges and Supporters Comments

Competition judge Debbie Jones said: “This was our second heat and they did not fail to impress us. Considering some of these choirs had only recently formed and at such a young age, they really did show an exceptionally high standard.  The choirs and their leaders should be extremely proud of their achievements.”

Lead supporter and organiser, True Bearing Chartered Financial Planners Chairman, George Critchley said: “We have been overwhelmed with all the choirs so far. The effort and enthusiasm they have all shown has been amazing. To have a winning choir as a result of attending our choral workshops is fantastic news, the chance to get individual advice from experts such as these doesn’t come around too often and it proves to us that they were definitely worth adding to the competition.”

Most Artistic Performance Goes To…

Another choral workshop attendee, Little Digmoor Primary School, from Skelmersdale, won the title of ‘Most Artistic’ and took home a prize of £125 in musical equipment vouchers.

Heats for school choirs continue on 15 March (Westholme School) , 19 March (Westholme School) and 22 March (Blackpool Tower Ballroom). The Final of Last Choir Singing will take place on Friday 17 June 2016 to a sell-out audience at King George’s Hall, Blackburn.