Two Newry schools win semi-final places on BBC NI School Choir Of The Year

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Tuesday, March 19th, 2019

St Clare’s Abbey Primary School, Newry and St Paul’s High School, Bessbrook are the fifth two schools to win places in the semi-finals of the BBC Northern Ireland School Choir Of The Year, which will take place at Regent House Grammar School, Newtownards.

Over the course of nine weeks, 63 choirs from across Northern Ireland will be singing to impress as they battle it out for a place in the final of BBC Northern Ireland School Choir Of The Year. 



Presented by John Toal and Kerry McLean, the series is recorded at eight venues across Northern Ireland, with the fourth programme broadcast on Sunday 10 March from Lurgan Junior High School on BBC Radio Ulster.

The series will culminate in a live final from the Ulster Hall, Belfast, on Sunday 7 April, which will also be recorded for the first time for BBC NI television.

Competing for a place in the final in the fifth round recorded at Lurgan Junior High School, with presenter John Toal, in the Junior category were: St Clare’s Abbey Primary School, Newry; Drumgreenagh Primary, Rathfriland; Ballinderry Primary School, Lisburn; St Mary’s Primary, Derrymore, Craigavon; St Ita’s Primary School, Belfast, and Bridge Integrated Primary, Banbridge.



In the Senior category, the schools competing for a place in the grand final were: St Paul’s High School, Bessbrook; Abbey Christian Brothers’ Grammar School, Newry; Newbridge Integrated, Loughbrickland; Belfast High School, and St Mary’s High School, Downpatrick.

It was St Clare’s Abbey Primary School (junior category) and St Paul’s High School (senior category) who impressed the judging panel, made up of Richard Yarr, Senior Producer Classical Music, BBC Radio Ulster; Ciaran Scullion, Head of Music, Arts Council for Northern Ireland and Rebekah Coffey, soprano and vocal coach.

BBC Northern Ireland School Choir of the Year is produced in association with the Ulster Youth Choir, and supported by the Arts Council for Northern Ireland (ACNI).



The winning choirs will feature across a range of programming and events during this year.

If you missed the programme, catch it again via the BBC Sounds app.

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