‘BBC Radio Ulster School Choir of the Year Competition’ Success

Congratulations to Grosvenor Grammar School’s Chamber Choir which was recently victorious in the recorded Country Antrim (including Belfast) heat of the prestigious ‘BBC Radio Ulster School Choir of the Year Competition’ in association with the Ulster Youth Choir. 

Grosvenor’s participation at the event came following success in the selection stage, following submission of a CD recording to the Ulster Youth Choir, and saw them perform a heart-rending version of ‘Be Thou My Vision’, to the traditional ‘Slane’ tune, arranged by Philip Stopford and featuring soloist Zoe Harrison, as well as a, by contrast, upbeat and energetic ‘This is the Day’ by Gerald Smith, arranged by Stephen Doughty, with soloist Jenna McCready.

Adjudicators at the competition were Ciaran Scullion, Head of Music at the Arts Council of Northern Ireland, Dominic Peckham, Conductor of the Ulster Youth Training Choir and Richard Yarr, Senior Producer for BBC Radio Ulster.

Grosvenor’s performances on the day saw them defeat four other competing schools, each of whom also produced performances of the highest standard, receiving highly favourable comments from the adjudicators; they now progress to the province-wide Senior School Choir Final, which will be held at the Ulster Hall on the afternoon of Sunday 26th April.

Well done to all twenty-nine members of the Chamber Choir who excelled themselves at the event as well as Head of Music Miss Rosemary Foster and fellow Music teacher Mr Jonathan Arnold, without whose dedication and diligence such impressive performances would not have been possible.  All associated with Grosvenor now wish the Chamber Choir the best of luck at the overall final of the contest next month.

 

Grosvenor’s Chamber Choir, with John Toal (centre), presenter of ‘Sounds Classical BBC Radio Ulster’, following its victory in the Country Antrim (including Belfast) heat of the prestigious ‘BBC Radio Ulster School Choir of the Year Competition’ in February