BBC ‘Songs of Praise’ School Choir of the Year Competition 2013

Congratulations to Grosvenor Grammar School’s Chamber Choir which has been selected from amongst hundreds of entrants to participate in the final of the BBC’s highly prestigious ‘Songs of Praise’ Choir of the Year competition 2013.

Grosvenor’s selection for the final stage of the competition, featuring just six Schools from across the UK, came after it invited William Thompson from EMS Audio to the school to record its entry last November.  The recording saw the Choir perform a rendition of ‘Be Thou My Vision’ as its traditional piece, featuring current Northern Ireland Young Musician of the Year Andrew Douglas (Lower 6th) as flute soloist.  In addition its inspirational piece came in the form of ‘Lord of All Creation’, with both pieces being conducted by Head of Music Miss Rosemary Foster, accompanied by fellow Music teacher Mr Jonathan Arnold on piano.

The semi final/final of the competition will be recorded on Sunday 10th March at the BT Convention Centre in Liverpool, with the performances likely to be aired over three consecutive Sundays from April 7th on BBC One.

Prior to the final itself Grosvenor will welcome BBC cameras to the School in late January/ early-mid February in order to film shots of the School and the Chamber Choir in performance, and to interview selected pupils.

Congratulations to Miss Foster, Mr Arnold and the Chamber Choir on this truly outstanding achievement - as the only School from Northern Ireland to reach the final of the competition everybody involved should be extremely proud of their achievement. 

All within Grosvenor eagerly look forward to the national final in March and wish its choir members the best of luck on this exciting occasion.



Members of Grosvenor's Chamber Choir, pictured with William Thompson from EMS Audio, during the recording of their entry pieces in November