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It is the final of the competition and celebrity judges Gareth Malone, Laura Mvula and Suzi Digby must choose which one of the best junior and senior school choirs in the country gets to take home the trophy.

David Grant presents.

45 minutes

Last on

Sun 11 May 2014 17:45

Music Played

Timings (where shown) are from the start of the programme in hours and minutes

  • Songs of Praise Signature Tune

    Composer: Robert Prizeman

  • Ysgol Iolo Morganwg

    Cydiwn Ddwylo

    Supporting Artist: Pianist: Mrs Deborah Lewis. Conductor: Eleri Roberts.

    Composer: Elywn Davies

  • Lindley Junior School

    Love Grows Here

    Supporting Artist: Pianist: Emma Binns. Conductor: Alison North.

    Composer: Don Besig

  • Llangennech Junior School

    O What a Wonderful Scene

    Supporting Artist: Pianist: Allan Fewster. Conductor: Lewis Richards.

    Composer: Joseph Horovitz

  • Highgate School

    Joshua Fit The Battle of Jericho

    Music Arranger: Moses Hogan. Conductor: Emma Price.

    Composers:Traditional / Spiritual

  • Rochester Grammar School

    Climbin’ Up The Mountain

    Supporting Artist: Pianist: John Hayden. Music Arranger: Patsy Simms. Conductor: Carolynn Woodman.

    Composer: Spiritual

  • Cantabile from Hereford Cathedral School

    I Got A Robe

    Supporting Artist: Pianist: Mr Martyn Lane. Music Arranger: Eurydice V. Osterman. Conductor: Jo Williamson.

    Composer: Spiritual

  • Laura Mvula and Gareth Malone’s ‘Voices’ Choir

    We Shall Overcome

    Music Arranger: Gareth Malone.

    Composer: Spiritual

Factsheet for Sunday 11th May, 2014

David Grant presents The Final of the School Choir of The Year competition from the International Convention Centre, Birmingham. Three of the best Junior School Choirs and three of the best Senior School Choirs perform an inspirational song of their choice in front of judges Gareth Malone, Suzi Digby and Laura Mvula. Only one choir from each category can win the trophy. There will also be a performance of ‘We Shall Overcome’ by Laura Mvula accompanied by Gareth Malone’s choir ‘Voices’ with Gareth himself conducting.

Junior School Finalists

Ysgol Iolo Morganwg

Lindley Junior School

Llangennech Junior School

Senior School Finalists

Highgate School

The Rochester Grammar School

Hereford Cathedral School


Renowned Musical Director Gareth Malone joins School Choir of The Year for the first time this year. After working at the London Symphony Orchestra directing their youth and community choirs he presented and worked with numerous choirs on the programme ‘The Choir’ and ‘Sing while you work.’

Gareth is joined by Suzi Digby who returns for her fourth year as Judge for the programme. Suzi is founder of The Voices Foundation and has worked all over the world training and conducting choirs. She has won an OBE for services to music education.

Laura Mvula completes the judging panel. Laura began her singing career with her aunt’s a capella group “Black Voices”. She studied at Birmingham Conservatoire where she graduated with a degree in composition and recently appeared with Tinie Tempah at the BAFTA’s.


Role Contributor
Presenter David Grant
Judge Gareth Malone
Judge Laura Mvula
Judge Suzi Digby
Producer Matthew Napier
Executive Producer David Taviner


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