LINDLEY pupils are taking part in a televised choral competition this weekend.
The children at Lindley Junior School have made the shortlist for the Songs of Praise School Choirs of the Year contest.
Pupils will perform two songs which will be filmed and broadcast on BBC One next month.
The children have been getting used to the limelight and have made a short film about their school and community, which will feature in the programme.
Teacher and pianist Emma Binns will accompany the choir. She said: “I think they are nervous but excited about taking part. We are all thrilled to be asked as we have never taken part in anything like this before. A television crew came into school for the day and they were following the pupils around, so the children know what to expect from the filming.
“But we don’t know the scale of the production so that could be a bit nerve-wracking.”
The Lindley school will take 46 members to the show which will be filmed in Manchester.
They have been busy preparing since Christmas and will sing Dear Lord and Father of Mankind along with the Rhythm of Life as part of the competition.
The Huddersfield school is one of just six finalists to win a place in the finals, beating off competition from hundreds of others in the preliminary rounds.
Lindley will face pupils from schools in Hertford and Putney in the final.
Presented by Aled Jones, the competition is taking place today and tomorrow at the Manchester Monastery.
Judges Lesley Garrett, a soprano singer, and composer Howard Goodall will decide their fate.
If they win, the school will be presented with £1000 to buy musical equipment.
The competition and finalists’ gala concert will be filmed for two Songs of Praise programmes which will be broadcast in March.