These choristers had a wildcard at the ready to ensure a top place in Blackpool’s annual Choir of the Year competition.
The youngsters from Baines Endowed CE Primary School, Marton, were keen to be named best in the resort for their singing skills, taking on 12 other schools in the event.
So their choirmaster composed a special song for the group to sing in the competition as well as staging rehearsals year round to perfect harmonies and solos.
And all the effort paid off – the band of 45 youngsters, aged from seven to 11, wowed judges when they raised the roof of the Blackpool Tower Ballroom, scooping the first place prize.
Proud teacher Huw Jones, who wrote the song Space and Time, said: “We did a really good job the year before but didn’t quite win, so this year we were quite determined. We wanted to give it our best.
“I wrote a song for the children to perform so it gave them a certain extra boost to sing it.”
The choir also sang When I Grow Up, from Matilda The Musical, and the traditional song This Old Man at the competition, promoted by Blackpool Music Education Hub and Music Service.
Mr Jones added: “They really rose to the occasion, I was extremely proud of them. It was a fantastic feeling to win.”
The Year Three teacher has worked with colleague Samantha Brewster to teach the children at the Penrose Avenue school a range of skills.
He said: “The skills the children have learned this year have been incredible – doing harmonising, different parts – and we have some fantastic soloists.
“They’ve been working for months, the commitment and dedication they’ve shown has been fantastic.”
Headteacher Jo Snape added: “There were so many talented choirs we were just thrilled to be part of an evening of musical treats.”
Second place was awarded to St Nicholas CE Primary School, conducted by Stephanie Darkins, and third to Norbreck Primary Academy, conducted by Karen McCarter.
All 600 participants were praised by Blackpool’s mayor, Coun Val Haynes. She said: “It was a pleasure to listen to such a wide range of talent and be able to pass on my congratulations to all the young performers.
“This is the type of event that showcases all that is good about our Blackpool schoolchildren.”