BBC 'Songs of Praise' Senior School Choir of the Year Final 2013

Congratulations to Grosvenor’s Chamber Choir which impressively sang its way to the runners-up position in the BBC’s ‘Songs of Praise’ Senior School Choir of the Year Competition 2013 on the evening of Sunday 21st April. 

The Choir, conducted by the School’s Head of Music Miss Rosemary Foster and accompanied by fellow Music teacher Mr Jonathan Arnold, achieved entry to the final following an impressive rendition of ‘Be Thou My Vision’ during the semi final stage of the competition last week, where six competing Schools from across the United Kingdom were narrowed down to just three for this week’s final.

The final itself, recorded at Liverpool’s ‘BT Convention Centre’, saw Grosvenor produce yet another outstanding performance, this time of their inspirational song choice ‘Lord of All Creation’, which met with considerable praise from expert judges Suzi Digby, David Grant and Myleen Klaas, as well as a generous reception from the studio audience in attendance.

Despite just missing out on the ultimate accolade to ‘High School of Glasgow’, Grosvenor’s choristers performed to the highest of standards throughout both studio stages of the competition, reflecting the incredible amount of time and dedication which they, Miss Foster and Mr Arnold invested during the weeks and months leading up to the event.

The School’s Principal Mr Robin McLoughlin, who was himself present at the recordings for the final, commented;  “The entire school community is thrilled to celebrate the success of the Chamber Choir, finishing as runners-up in the national BBC ‘Songs of Praise’ competition. It is a fantastic achievement and we are all very proud of the pupils. Both they and our Head of Music, Miss Foster, have worked incredibly hard over the past few months and richly deserve this success.”

In addition, Miss Foster was delighted with the efforts of her choristers throughout the competition; "The pupils were outstanding ambassadors. They displayed the key ingredients of a fine school choir: musicianship, commitment, dedication, teamwork and professionalism in the public spotlight. I wish to congratulate all the choirs that took part in making the competition such a memorable experience".

Grosvenor’s involvement in the competition began as early as last November when, as one of hundreds of hopefuls from across the U.K., they invited William Thompson from E.M.S. Audio to the school to record its initial entry.  Over the past number of years the School has deservedly earned a reputation for its high standard of musicianship, with current Lower 6th pupil Andrew Douglas securing the ‘Northern Ireland Young Musician of the Year’ title in 2012 and its choirs, over recent times, performing for such dignitaries as the Queen, the Irish President, the Northern Ireland Secretary of State and the Dalai Lama.

Well done once again to Miss Foster and the entire Grosvenor Chamber Choir on its superb, nationwide achievement – all at the School are extremely proud of their success and look forward to hearing them in performance again soon.

Grosvenor's Chamber Choir, which beat off competition from hundreds of other School Choirs from across the United Kingdom to reach the final three of this year's 'Songs of Priase' Senior School Choir of the Year competition.

The Chamber Choir, conducted by Miss Rosemary Foster and accompanied by Mr Jonathan Arnold, in performance during the School's annual Musical Evening in March.