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Lindley Junior School in BBC Songs of Praise School Choir final

The only state school to make it through to the final

They’ve been described as the crème de la crème of the country’s school choirs and are hoping to make it third time lucky.

Now pupils from Lindley Junior School Choir will be aiming to impress the judges for a third time as they appear in a national final.

The choir have been selected as finalists for the BBC Songs of Praise School Choir of the Year Competition for 2016, after previously impressing producers and finishing as runners-up for the past two years.

Lindley Junior School Choir - directed by Alison North - rehearse for Songs Of Praise.

The 40 young singers will be performing in front of a star-studded panel including the likes of soprano star Katherine Jenkins, West End star Connie Fisher and composer Ken Burton as they fight for the title at Sheffield City Hall.

Lindley music teacher Alison North said she was incredibly proud, particularly as Lindley were the only state school and only northern school to make it into the final.

“We are flying the flag for state schools everywhere,” she said.

The 40-strong choir made up from Years 4, 5 and 6, is up against Hereford Cathedral Junior School and Blackheath Preparatory School from London as they sing their piece The Lord’s Prayer from the choral Mass African Sanctus by British composer David Fanshaw.

Listen to their finals piece in the video above

Lindley Junior School Choir rehearse for Songs Of Praise.

Alison said: “The children usually prefer to sing pop songs but giving them something a bit challenging has been great. They sing it very well and it is fantastic to be selected out of hundreds of schools across the country.”

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The final will be presented by Aled Jones and aired on BBC One this Sunday, April 24.

Judge Katherine Jenkins told the BBC: “I have been so impressed by the extremely high level of singing and thrilled to see the obvious dedication and commitment from the students as well as the amazing support from the family and friends.”


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