School’s cash bonanza after singing award

Shakespeare Primary School, winners of the Fylde and North Lancashire heat in Last Choir Singing competition
Shakespeare Primary School, winners of the Fylde and North Lancashire heat in Last Choir Singing competition
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In the third heat of the ‘Last Choir Singing’ competition held at Marine Hall, judges had some tough choices to make.

The bar was raised with 10 schools battling it out for the coveted title of a ‘Regional Heat Winner’ in the Fylde and North Lancashire heat.

Making it through to the final was winning school, Shakespeare Primary School, who did an amazing arrangement of ‘Streets of London’ and ‘Feed the Birds’.

They will receive an award of £250 to buy musical equipment for their school and will perform in the Grand Final at St George’s Hall, Blackburn on June 16.

Coming a close second and taking the ‘runner-up’ title and also going through to the final was Carleton Green Community Primary School.

The award for ‘Artistic Expression’ went to Lytham School, St Peters Roman Catholic Primary, who took to the stage with a show stopping performance of ‘Macavity’ from the musical Cats.

The Marine Hall broke into applause as Duncan Heather, an acclaimed international vocalist, made the announcement to over 650 people.

Shakespeare Primary School’s choir consists of 41 vocalists and is led by Joanna Newson and Claire Savage, who has been working with the choir since September 2015.

After receiving the award, Laura Willan, headteacher at Shakespeare Primary, said: “We are overwhelmed to have won our Last Choir heat.

“Our school choir is immensely rewarding on so many levels, boosting confidence and teamwork, aside from the sheer enjoyment it brings.

“More than anything else, they have lots of fun singing together.

“With such a high standard of performance across the competition, we’re really proud of what we’ve achieved.”

Competition judge, Tyndale Thomas MBE said: “Every year the choirs just get better and better.

“We really couldn’t decide, the bar has definitely been raised which makes it all more exciting for our fourth heat.

“The schools should be exceptionally proud of their young singers.”

Lead supporter and organiser, True Bearing Chartered Financial Planners Chairman, George Critchley said: “There has been an astonishingly high standard from a record number of choirs this year.

“The team at True Bearing were blown away by the performances, this was another brilliant heat.

“The atmosphere was electric, and each choir put their heart and soul into it.

“We are looking forward hearing more great choirs in our next heat.”