Shakespeare Primary School has beaten of stiff competition to win their Heat in the Last Choir Singing 2016 competition, taking them through to the grand finals of Lancashire’s foremost school singing competition.

Shakespeare Primary School, who took part in the first of the heats at Marine Hall (Fleetwood), beat six other choirs to achieve the highly coveted prize in a very close competition. They will receive an award of £250 to buy musical equipment for their school.

In addition, they also picked up a new prize for this year, ‘Most Artistic’. Taking their total prize money to £375.

The Audience Erupted at Marine Hall

The Hall erupted with shouts and cheers as Duncan Heather (acclaimed international vocalist) made the announcement to over 600 people, with many of the audience visibly moved by the young children’s achievement.

Shakespeare’s choir consists of 31 vocalists and is led by Joanna Newson, who has been working with the choir since September 2015.

Amazing Comments from the Judges, Supporters and Winning Choir

After receiving the award, Susan Bartlett, Head Teacher at Shakespeare Primary School, Fleetwood, said: “We are delighted to have won and made it to the final. The competition has really brought out the very best in our children and they are over the moon to be performing in the final.”

Competition judge, Martin Westhorp said: “The standard of all the choirs performing here today was exceptionally high.  It is a testament to the choir leaders who form and tutor these wonderful singing groups and without whom these choirs would not reach such a high standard.”

Lead supporter and organiser, True Bearing Chartered Financial Planners Chairman, George Critchley said: “These groups show the potential singing can release in us all, the confidence it provides and the sheer enjoyment it brings to all ages. The competition provides the opportunity to sing, perform and learn together. It sets the standard, helps choirs develop and provides opportunities for performance not previously available. I congratulate all those who took part in our first heat, in particular the winners Shakespeare Primary School.

Kirkham Grammar Junior School were heat runner-up and will join Shakespeare Primary at the Grand Final on 17 June 2016 at King George’s Hall, Blackburn.

In addition to True Bearing Chartered Financial Planners, Last Choir Singing is also supported by Pennine Wealth Solutions, Chorley Building Society and BBC Radio Lancashire. They work in partnership with Lancashire Music Hub, Blackburn with Darwen Music Hub and Blackpool Music Education Service.