YOUNG songsters from Huddersfield are the only northern choir in a national competition.
The talented young singers of Lindley Junior School Choir are finalists in the junior category of the BBC Songs of Praise Choir of the Year 2008.
And cameras were in school yesterday to film the 50-strong choir and musical director Alison Watkins perform the two numbers which have gained them the finalist place from 173 entries.
“We’re all very nervous, but I am sure the girls and boys will do well.
“They are extremely quick at picking things up and really enjoy our twice- weekly rehearsals,” said Alison.
Cameras filmed a video of the choir performing the hymn Dear Lord and Father of Mankind and Cy Coleman’s Rhythm of Life.
They also took part in a workshop with conductor and composer Douglas Coombes, a BBC consultant.
The video will be shown to the judging panel, with three of the six finalists being chosen for the televised grand final in February.
The selection is the latest feather in the cap of the choir, which has had success after success since it was formed in 1999.
It continues to win classes at local festivals, it reached the semi-finals of the BBC Radio 3 Choir of the Year in 2006 and this summer performed at the National Festival for Youth Music in Birmingham.
It has also appeared previously on Songs of Praise.
The success is made all the more remarkable by the fact that each year, the choir loses half its membership and each September, has to rebuild as its senior members leave for high school.