St Peter’s Church of England Primary School, Portishead, are delighted to announce that their Majors Choir have been named as one of the six finalists in the BBC’s ‘Songs of Praise’ Junior School Choir of the Year Competition 2015. This is a national event which is held annually and competition is fierce, with hundreds of school competing to win the coveted title.
The choir, conducted by Key Stage 1 leader Catrin Battista and accompanied by Year 6 teacher Jemima Napier, submitted recordings of two songs as their entry for the competition. They performed the traditional hymn “What a Friend I have in Jesus” and the inspirational song “From a Distance” to make it through to the finals. Forty children, out of the sixty strong Majors Choir, took part in the recording. The children in the choir are all aged between 8 and 11.
The choir will travel to Nottingham in March to perform in the final at the Albert Hall before the judges. In previous years judges have included Gareth Malone, Suzi Digby, David Grant and Myleene Klaas. The recording of their performance will be shown on Songs of Praise later in the Spring.
Mrs Battista has congratulated the choir on their performance saying that:
“Music is a very important part of life at St Peter’s and we are hugely excited to have got through to the final stages of this competition. The choir have worked incredibly hard to reach an excellent standard and this is great recognition for all their effort. We can’t wait to perform in front of the judges.”
Head teacher Sharon Roberts, added:
“The whole St Peter’s school community would like to celebrate the success of our Majors Choir. They, and our choir director and pianist, have worked incredibly hard over the past few months and richly deserve this success. We are all looking forward to the recording and seeing them perform on national TV.”
The school’s involvement in the competition began earlier this academic year when, as one of hundreds of hopefuls from across the UK, they recorded their initial entry on CD. They were assisted in this by A-level students at Gordano Secondary School. This is the second competition success for the choir. The choir won the Bristol School Choir of the Year award, run by The Bristol Old Vic. As champions of this event they performed in front of a full house at the Old Vic on the opening night of Swallows and Amazons.