School Choirs 2007
Holywood Primary School
From County Down in Northern Ireland, Holywood Primary School sang their hearts out. They gave a lively rendition of We are Marching in the Light of God and their traditional hymn choice was I the Lord of Sea and Sky.
The children looked great in their red sweatshirts. They had them specially printed for the competition with Songs of Praise embroidered under the school badge.
Maltman's Green School have waited a long time to get into the finals again. They won the first ever Schools Choir competition in 2003, and the rules prevented them from entering for three years.
This year they sang Shine Jesus Shine and a moving rendition of Irish Blessing.
To guide them, their conductor wears a sparkly brooch if they need to sparkle and a smooth necklace which she points to and strokes if it's a gentle song.
St Michael's Primary
St Michael's knew they were in for a long journey travelling from Helston in Cornwall but it turned out to be a lot longer than expected. Their coach broke down in Birmingham and they had to spend 6 hours in a service station, until they could continue on their way up to Manchester.
In spite of their late night they were in great voice and sang Abba Father and Down By The Riverside.
Tonbridge Grammar School
The school used to be a girls school and although they now have boys in the sixth form the choir is all girls. Their inspirational piece Jesu Tawa Pano was specially arranged for them by their conductor Adrian Pitts.
There's a drum beat accompaniment and the girls have grown so attached to their drum they've even named it Pumba.
The choir are the school chapel choir and they usually wear white robes, so this was their first time out in their purple shirts and ties. After they sang in the competition their conductor, Colin Albery Albery was in tears - hopefully because he was pleased!
They chose to sing Angel Voices and Be Thou My Vision by Bob Chilcott.
This is Bootham's third time in the competition and the second time they have reached the final. They've ditched their green shirts which they wore last year in case they were unlucky. This year the girls wore rose coloured jumpers and the boys had matching ties.
Bootham School choir sang Love Divine and The Lily and the Rose.
The Choirs together
The choirs together, at the Royal Northern College of Music where the competition was held. The choirs behaved admirably on stage, but backstage gossip hounds suggest that their conductors were a bag of nerves on the night!
And the winners are...
All the choirs behaved exceptionally well and were very gracious.
But it was Maltman's Green Primary School who won the coveted title for Junior School Choir, and King's College the Senior School Choir title.
Songs of Praise Junior School Choir of the Year 2007
Maltman's Green Primary School, Gerrards Cross, Bucks
This is the second time that Maltman's Green has won the award. Of the school, judge Basil Meade said: "The children controlled their vocals well and maintained a lovely blend."
Director of Music: Hilary Mason
Songs of Praise Senior School Choir of the Year 2007
King's College, Taunton
Judge Katherine Jenkins was very complimentary of King's College. "In this choir's performance there was really beautiful, sensitive musical phrasing. I much enjoyed it."
Director of Music: Colin Albery