Hereford Cathedral Junior School pupils will be in the spotlight again after facing tough competition from countless other schools to compete in the finals of a national singing competition.
Forty pupils from the school will now take part in the finals of the BBC Songs of Praise Junior Choir of the Year after they impressed judges Katherine Jenkins, Connie Fisher and Ken Burton last Sunday. The finals will be televised on 24 April on BBC1 – watch it here.
During the semi-finals, the children went head-to-head with five other choirs singing ‘This little light of mine’ which was accompanied with dance. They were one of three choirs selected to take part in the finals on April 24.
Katherine Jenkins said that the performance put a smile on her face. She added: “You had so many things to think about there, blending all together, your harmonies, and then when you are all trying to do the movements. It was a fantastic performance – you look like you were really enjoying it.”
The junior school’s director of music, Rachael Toolan, said: “It was lovely to have some great comments from the judges; I thought the children did really, really well. It was just great to get some positive feedback and also some tips as well.”
Last year’s Junior School Chamber Choir was crowned Barnardo’s Choir of the Year, and the 40 children were invited to sing at the Royal Albert Hall in front of thousands of people.
Last October the children also sang as part of a special concert for His Royal Highness, The Duke of Kent during his visit to the county.