Norbreck Primary Academy School has been crowned Last Choir Singing 2018 County Winner – winning Lancashire’s foremost school singing competition title at the Grand Final event held at King George’s Hall on 15th June.

Nearly 2,000 singers from 50 school choirs took part in the competition this year in heats, which took place across the County. Eleven finalists were whittled down from seven heats to make it to the Grand Final.

Norbreck Primary Academy School from Thornton-Cleveleys, who took part in the Fylde and North Lancashire heat, beat the ten other finalist choirs to achieve the highly coveted prize in a very close competition, with the runners-up, Anchorsholme Primary Academy and Edenfield C of E Primary, narrowly missing out on the title.

The Final, presented by International Vocalist, Duncan Heather, saw the eleven finalist choirs battle for the title of Last Choir Singing 2018, singing two songs each.  The performances were judged by Shirley Court (Director of the Halle Children’s Choir), Steven Roberts (Conductor and Musical Director of the Altrincham Choral Society), Chris Eaton (Songwriter) and Paul Nuttall (Managing Director, Reidy’s Music Store).

Norbreck Primary Academy choir, consisting of 37 vocalists, is led by Karen McCarter, who has been working with the choir for six years.

Comments from the winner and judge:

After receiving the award, Head Teacher, Karen McCarter, said: “Norbreck Primary Academy choir are delighted and so excited to have been awarded the title for 2018. The children worked so hard and wanted it so much yet still can’t quite believe that they were chosen. Standing on the stage with the gold paper showering down was an experience that will not be forgotten and the looks on the children’s faces; looks of pure joy are a delight to see. Our win really does demonstrate that hard work, together with ambition, really does pay off.”

Competition judge, British Musical Director, Steven Roberts, said: “Last Choir Singing creates positive musical memories that will stay with these young singers for many years. We experienced joy, excitement and saw real teamwork as the choirs desire to sing well for themselves, their teachers and supporters was palpable. There was absolutely no doubt that singing really is good for you after sharing the experience of this outstanding competition. Taking part in a well organised event, on a professional stage, and with a very appreciative audience does so much to build individual confidence and pave the way for transferable skills to be developed. A tremendous shared experience for everyone!”

Sponsor comment:

Creator, organiser and lead sponsor, True Bearing Chartered Financial Planner’s Chairman, George Critchley said: “On behalf of True Bearing, I wish to extend my congratulations to the winners and all finalists in what has been a competition of the highest calibre.

“I’m very proud of True Bearing’s creation and involvement of this much-loved competition, which enables Lancashire junior school choirs from the length and breadth of the county to come together and showcase their talent.”

A live recording of the Grand Final can be heard on BBC Radio Lancashire on Thursday, 21st June, from 7.00 pm.

This year’s finalists included:

  • Anchorsholme Primary Academy, Thornton-Cleveleys
  • Carleton Green Community Primary School, Poulton-le-Fylde
  • Edenfield Primary School, Bury
  • Manor Road Primary School, Clayton-le-Woods
  • Norbreck Primary Academy, Thornton-Cleveleys
  • St Anthony’s Catholic Primary, Fulwood
  • St Barnabas C of E Primary Academy, Darwen
  • St Catherine’s R.C. Primary School, Leyland
  • St Michaels on Wyre C of E Primary School, Nr. Preston
  • St Peter’s RC Primary, Blackburn
  • St Peter’s RC Primary, Lytham

Runners-up

Anchorsholme Primary Academy (Thornton-Cleveleys) and Edenfield Primary (Bury) took home the title of ‘runner-up’. Each sang amazingly well and very much deserved their titles.

Best Newcomer and Artistic Express Award

St Barnabas C of E Primary Academy (Darwen), scooped up a double with Best Newcomer to the competition this year, and also won the award for Artistic Expression

If you would like to enter the 2019 competition, information is available on the Last Choir website under the information section https://lastchoirsinging.co.uk/information/