School Choir

                                     

Caption One: Pupils from Carrickfergus Model Primary perform at the heats for the BBC Radio Ulster School Choir of the Year in Friends’ School, Lisburn. Listeners can tune in to hear how they got on in the first programme on Sunday 5 March on BBC Radio Ulster at 2pm

 

Caption Two: Pupils from Greenisland Primary School perform at the heats for the BBC Radio Ulster School Choir of the Year in Friends’ School, Lisburn. Listeners can tune in to hear how they got on in the first programme on Sunday 5 March on BBC Radio Ulster at 2pm

                               

Caption Three: Pupils from Carrickfergus Grammar School perform at the heats for the BBC Radio Ulster School Choir of the Year in Friends’ School, Lisburn. Listeners can tune in to hear how they got on in the first programme on Sunday 5 March on BBC Radio Ulster at 2pm

Carrickfergus and Greenisland Schools Take Part In BBC Radio Ulster School Choir Of The Year                                

Begins on Sunday 5 March 

BBC Radio Ulster, 2pm

The search is on to find Northern Ireland’s top junior and senior school choirs.

Following on from the success of the last two years, 60 choirs from across Northern Ireland 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 first programme begins on Sunday 5 March on BBC Radio Ulster at 2pm, culminating in a live final from the Ulster Hall, Belfast, on Sunday 30 April.

The first programme, hosted by Kerry McLean from Friends School, Lisburn, features 10 choirs all vying for a place in the grand final.

Competing in the Junior category are: Greenisland Primary School; Clough Primary School, Ballymena; Carrickfergus Model Primary School; Harding Memorial Primary School, Belfast and St Patrick’s Primary School, Holywood.

 

In the Senior category, the following schools will be competing for a place in the final: Rathmore Grammar School, Belfast; Ballycastle High School; Victoria College, Belfast; Carrickfergus Grammar School, and Bangor Grammar School.

 

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.”

The winning choirs will feature across a range of BBC Radio Ulster’s programming and events during this year.

                                                

Click on link to see our Senior choir singing at St Anne's Cathedral, December 2017