Hitting a high note

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THESE young songbirds are celebrating after they were named School Choir Of The Year.

Pupils from Norbreck Primary School triumphed when they took part in the eighth annual Blackpool Music Service’s competition.

Hundreds of young vocalists gathered at Highfield Humanities College in South Shore to perform in front of judges and an audience of proud parents.

In total, nine schools competed including Norbreck, St Cuthbert’s Primary School, St Kentigern’s, St Bernadette’s, Hawes Side, Devonshire, Baines Endowed, Claremont and Stanley Primary.

Joy

But it was pupils at the Norbreck Road school who soared to victory with their versions of For the Beauty of the Earth by John Rutter and Hallelujah by Leonard Cohen.

Today headteacher Karen McCarter, who organises the choir, spoke of her joy.

She told The Gazette: “I am so proud of the children.

“I can’t thank them enough for their hard work and enthusiasm.

“They sang like angels and the adjudicators said we gave a polished and accomplished performance.

“I am so proud of them all.”

The choir, which is made up of 37 girls and one boy, had been practising for months to make sure they were pitch perfect for their two songs.

All the choirs from the Blackpool schools performed to each other at Highfield before facing the judges and the audience.

Stanley Primary and St Cuthbert’s Catholic Primary School were awarded third place and Baines Endowed primary in Blackpool clinched the second prize.

Andrew White, advisor for Blackpool Music Service, said he was thrilled with the standard of the competition.

He added: “The adjudicator’s remarks highlighted some exceptional singing from hundreds of pupils.

“All the school’s focused on singing songs the children enjoyed performing and they were wonderful to see.

“Norbreck pupils were consistently good however which is why they were given first prize.

“Well done to all the schools, this was an exceptionally enjoyable night made possible by our talented pupils and staff.”