BBC Northern Ireland ‘School Choir of the Year’ Competition 2019

On Thursday 7th February Grosvenor’s esteemed Chamber Choir, comprising the most elite choristers from within its Senior School, performed superbly to attain victory in the County Down heat of the prestigious ‘BBC Northern Ireland School Choir of the Year’ competition 2019.

The heat, held at Bangor Academy and Sixth Form College, saw the School line up against such formidable opposition as Ulidia Integrated College, Hunterhouse College, Bangor Grammar School and Priory Integrated College, Hollywood. Its Choir performed a specially commissioned arrangement of ‘Be Still, My Soul’ by Jonathan Rea, accompanied on piano by Grosvenor Music teacher Mr Jonathan Arnold, which was then contrasted with an unaccompanied, foot tapping ‘I’m Gonna Sing ‘Til the Spirit Sings in My Soul’, by Moses Hogan.

To the delight of all GGS representatives involved, the adjudicating panel on the day - which included Richard Yarr, Senior Producer with BBC Northern Ireland and Producer of BBC Radio 3; Ciaran Scullion, Head of the Arts Council for Northern Ireland, and Rebecca Coffey, one of Northern Ireland’s leading sopranos and vocal coach with the Ulster Youth Choir - provided the School with some exceptionally positive feedback as it prevailed despite the high overall standard of musicianship evident on the day.

Well done to all members of the Chamber Choir who performed so well at the event, the aforementioned Mr Arnold for his assured accompaniment and, last but not least, the School’s Head of Music Miss Rosemary Foster, who not only conducted on the day but has been the driving force throughout the year as the Chamber Choir has excelled at such events as Prize Day in October, The annual Service of Nine Lessons and Carols in December, Open Evenings in January and now the ‘BBC School Choir of the Year’ competition in February.

We now look forward to the Chamber Choir competing in the semi-finals of the competition, to be staged in Regent House Grammar School on the afternoon of Monday 4th March, wishing all involved the best of luck on the day.