Birmingham reverberates to sound of BBC Songs Of Praise: School Choir Of The Year

It’s fantastic to welcome this iconic BBC One show to Birmingham. School Choirs from across the UK will be performing in this world class venue. It promises to be a real family treat for audiences.”Tommy Nagra, Head of Business Development, BBC Birmingham
Date: 05.02.2014     Last updated: 18.03.2014 at 18.08
BBC Songs Of Praise: School Choir Of The Year, the highly anticipated annual choir competition, is recording at The International Convention Centre in Birmingham in March, broadcasting on consecutive Sundays this spring on BBC One.

Celebrating 12 years on BBC television, the programme showcases the very best school choirs in the UK as they attempt to win the coveted title of 'BBC Songs of Praise School Choir of the Year'.

Tommy Nagra, Head of Business Development, BBC Birmingham, comments: “It’s fantastic to welcome this iconic BBC One show to Birmingham. School Choirs from across the UK will be performing in this world class venue. It promises to be a real family treat for audiences.”

Twelve junior and senior school choirs, who have made it through the preliminary rounds, will go head to head to try to impress the celebrity judges in Birmingham. The judging line-up includes the classically trained musician, singer and television presenter Myleene Klass and the internationally renowned choral guru Suzi Digby.

In the first programme the six junior school choir semi-finalists sing a hymn of their choice before the best three chosen by the judges go forward to the final.

The junior semi-finalists are:

Queen’s Lower School from Chester, St Martin’s Ampleforth from Yorkshire, Llangennech Junior School from Carmarthenshire, Lindley Junior School from Huddersfield, Ysgol Iolo Morganwg from Cowbridge in The Vale of Glamorgan and Blackheath Preparatory School from London.

In the second programme the six senior school choir semi-finalists sing their chosen hymn. The schools are:

The Rochester Grammar School from Kent, Lincoln Minster School, The Grey Coat Hospital School from London, “Cantabile” from Hereford Cathedral School, Godolphin from Salisbury and Highgate School from London.

In the final, the best three junior and best three senior choirs come together to each sing an inspirational song to the audience and judges one more time before one choir from each category is declared the BBC Songs of Praise School Choir Of The Year 2014.

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