Hereford pupils ‘sing to win’

Hereford Cathedral juniors to compete in semi-finals of BBC choir competition

Pupils in Hereford Cathedral Junior School Chamber Choir have qualified for the semi-finals of the BBC School Choir of the Year. 

Junior School Headmaster, Chris Wright, said: “There was much excitement of course – and we are all looking forward to travelling to Sheffield for the filming of the semi finials in February.”

Last year’s Junior School Chamber Choir was crowned Barnardo’s Choir of the Year, and the 40 children were invited to sing at the Royal Albert Hall in front of thousands of people.

The young choir performed a solo piece entitled ‘Never let go of your dream’ by Mary Donnelly and George Strid under the direction of Hereford Cathedral Junior School’s Director of Music, Rachael Toolan. In addition, they formed part of a thousand-strong massed choir to take part in the Barnardo’s young supporters’ concert.

Mr Wright added that he was extremely proud of the children. “The children were absolutely brilliant. They conducted themselves perfectly and they gave an impeccable performance. Singing a solo at the Royal Albert Hall can be daunting at any age but the children took it all in their stride. 

“It was a wonderful experience and one that the children will remember for a lifetime. There were an awful lot of proud parents.”

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