Our Lady’s in bid to win School Choir of the Year title
Tuesday, 7 March 2017
OUR Lady's Grammar School, Newry, are bidding to become the top senior school choir in one of the most prestigious choirs of its kind.
They are one of 60 choirs from across Northern Ireland who will be singing to impress as they battle it out for a place in the final of the BBC Radio Ulster School Choir Of The Year 2017.
Presented by John Toal and Kerry McLean, and recorded at seven venues across Northern Ireland, the school features in the second programme, which airs this Sunday, March 12, on BBC Radio Ulster at 2pm, culminating in a live final from the Ulster Hall, Belfast, on Sunday 30 April.
Other local schools are expected to take part in later heats.
Hosted by local man John Toal from The Share Discovery Village, Lisnaskea, this heat features 10 choirs all vying for a place in the grand final.
They will be competing for a place in the final against St Mary's College, Londonderry; Royal School, Dungannon; Wellington College, Belfast and Drumragh Integrated College, Omagh.
They will be performing for judges Richard Yarr, Senior Classical Music Producer with BBC Northern Ireland; Ciaran Scullion, Head of Music with The Arts Council of Northern Ireland and Rebekah Coffey, Soprano and Ulster Youth Choir coach.
BBC Radio Ulster School Choir of the Year is produced in association with the Ulster Youth Choir, and supported by the Arts Council for Northern Ireland (ACNI).
Fergus Keeling, Head of Radio, BBC Northern Ireland said: "At BBC Radio Ulster/Foyle we are dedicated to providing our listeners with the best music, and nurturing new talent is something we are extremely passionate about. We are delighted once again to be involved in finding some of the best young choirs in Northern Ireland and helping our listeners follow their exciting journey towards the live grand final in the Ulster Hall."
Ciaran Scullion, Head of Music, Arts Council of Northern Ireland, said: "The Arts Council is delighted to support the third year of the BBC Radio Ulster School Choir of the Year in association with The Ulster Youth Choir. It offers a fantastic opportunity for schools to engage and participate in high-quality arts, nurturing a love of music and developing untapped talent in our young people."
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