Fifteen choirs took to the stage on Tuesday 22 March in the ‘Choir of the Year’ competition to battle it out to take home the winning title as well as gain a spot in the Final of the ‘Last Choir Singing’ contest.
Choir of the Year is organised by Blackpool Music Education Hub and has been running for thirteen years.
Last Choir Co-Sponsors of ‘Choir of the Year’
The Last Choir competition, which launched last year, co-sponsors the event and takes three winning choirs through to their Grand Final on 17 June at King George’s Hall, Blackburn.
This year joining the Grand Final will be winners Norbreck Primary Academy, second place St Nicholas Church of England Primary School and Anchorsholme Primary Academy, who came third.
In addition, a new prize of ‘Most Artistic’ went to Our Lady of the Assumption Catholic Primary School.
Duncan Heather (acclaimed international vocalist) made the announcement to an audience of approximately 900 people, who cheered on the winning choirs.
Comment from Winning School
Norbreck’s Head Teacher and Choir Leader, Karen McCarter, said: “Our choir of 33 children from Years 4, 5 and 6 has been practising extremely hard for this competition. Their enthusiasm and effort has been overwhelming. As a previous runner-up of Last Choir Singing, we can’t wait to sing in the Final and we’ll be doing our very best to be crowned winner on 17 June!”
True Bearing Chartered Financial Planners organise and support the ‘Last Choir Singing’ competition. Chairman of the company, George Critchley, was at the Choir of the Year contest to present prizes to the winning schools, he said: “The atmosphere was electric and the children did a great job on their performances, we are so pleased to be involved in this event and I can’t wait to see these schools performing with our other Heat winners at King George’s Hall later this year.
“Organising such an event is no mean feat and I would like to say a big thank-you to everyone who makes this possible.”
Last Choir Singing Grand Final
Ten choirs will now battle it out at King George’s Hall on the 17 June with show stopping performances to be crowned ‘Last Choir Singing’ winner, with the winning school taking home £1,000 in musical equipment vouchers.