Choir hits right notes at contest

Anchorsholme Academy choir have been crowned Blackpool choir of the year.  Pictured are members of the choir with musical director Andy Morley, choir leader Clare Felvus and headteacher Graeme Dow.
Anchorsholme Academy choir have been crowned Blackpool choir of the year. Pictured are members of the choir with musical director Andy Morley, choir leader Clare Felvus and headteacher Graeme Dow.
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These choristers raised the roof to be crowned Blackpool’s Choir of the Year.

Anchorsholme Academy’s choir hit the right note to impress judges in the 12th annual competition.

And this year the pressure was really on as the contest, arranged by Blackpool Council’s Music Service and Music Education Hub,served as a heat for a regional Last Choir Singing competition.

Hundreds of school children, from 11 schools across the resort, went head to head at Blackpool Tower Ballroom.

Clare Felvus, music co-ordinator at Anchorsholme Academy, said: “We had to perform for no longer than 10 minutes.

“We took 41 Year 4, 5 and 6 pupils who had been rehearsing once a week for a couple of months. They sang the most technically difficult songs they have ever done.

“We are really proud of them.”

The school choir, which is also led by headteacher Graeme Dow and musician Andy Morley, sang Colours of the Wind which features in Disney film Pocahontas, as well as Firework by Katy Perry, which all the schools were asked to perform. Anchorsholme was presented with a Choir of the Year shield as well as £250 towards buying new musical instruments thanks to part sponsors of the contest True Bearing.

Christ The King, Devonshire, Stanley, St Bernadette’s, Roseacre, Westcliff, Holy Family, Baines 
Endowed, St Nicholas and Norbreck Primary Academy took part in the competition on Monday.

Norbreck Primary Academy choir will join Anchorsholme in the regional contest after coming second place.

Thirty-nine pupils performed I Will Sing with the Spirit by John Rutter, and Joshua Fought the Battle of Jericho.

Karen McCarter, headteacher and choir director of Norbreck Primary Academy, said: “We were feeling really happy and confident on the night and we’re pleased our runner-up position has given us the chance to get through to the regional finals.

“A huge amount of team work goes into being in a choir.

“The children form strong bonds as well as learn about musicality – from diction to dynamics.”

An Andrew Lloyd Webber medley featuring songs from Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Star Light Express and Whistle Down the Wind helped St Nicholas’ CE Primary to third place.

Stephanie Darkins, key stage two tutor at the Marton school, said: “Everyone was feeling nervous but excited.

“We’ve previously come second and third – it all gets quite competitive!”

Choir member George Robertson, 11, who performed a solo, said: “The choir is really good, we like singing different songs.

“I was nervous but when it was announced we were third everyone was clapping and screaming.”

The Last Choir Singing competition will be held in Blackburn in June.