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Lancashire’s junior school singing competition comes to Westholme School’s Croston Theatre in Blackburn for the heats in the search for the Last Choir Singing 2016
Special guest judge includes Paul Nuttall (Managing Director of Reidys Home of Music), along with Sue Eames (Singing Teacher and Choral Director, Westhome School), Tyndale Thomas (world renowned gospel musician and educationalist) and Martin Westhorp (Musical Director)
Last Choir Singing, (www.lastchoirsinging.co.uk), Lancashire’s school choir singing competition, is holding its prestigious Heats, featuring some of Lancashire’s top school singing talent at the magnificent Westholme School’s Croston Theatre. Schools from the Blackburn area will be performing on Tuesday 15th and Saturday 19th March.
Last year, the team from lead supporter and organiser, True Bearing Chartered Financial Planners, along with expert singing judges, were blown away with the quality of the choirs that took part. Now schools participating in Central, South and East Lancashire will be travelling to Westholme School to battle it out to become winners in their heat, taking them one step closer to winning the coveted title Last Choir Singing 2016. Taking part on the 15th March is Padiham St Leonard's C of E Primary School (Burnley), Stoneyholme Primary School (Burnley), St Mary's RC Primary School (Langho), Manor Road Primary School (Clayton-le-Woods), St Andrews CE Primary School (Oswaldtwistle), St Peter's Roman Catholic Primary School (Blackburn), Trinity C of E Primary School (Chorley).
On the 19th March, schools from in and around the Preston area will perform. Choirs from Whitefield Primary School, Tarleton Community Primary School, St Catherine's RC Primary School, Whitechapel Primary School, Tarleton Holy Trinity Primary School, Great Eccleston Copp CE Primary School and Forton Primary School will have the audience on the edge of their seats waiting to find out which choirs will make it through to the Grand Finals at King George’s Hall on 17 June.
The Last Choir Singing competition was established in 2014 by True Bearing Chartered Chairman, George Critchley, who wanted to give something back to a community that has supported his firm for over 12 years. As organiser and main sponsor, True Bearing is keen to raise awareness of singing in junior schools and to demonstrate that music education is alive and well in Lancashire.
Anita Shaw, Project Manager for Last Choir Singing, is delighted with the success of the competition, she said: “Much is at stake with only the winners of each heat proceeding to the Grand Final at the King George’s Hall, Blackburn, on 17 June where Tom Newall, Conductor at Blackburn Cathedral, is confirmed as a judge.
“I'm so thrilled to be involved in this fantastic project, the competition really shows off the very best in choral singing and lets Lancashire see and hear how great our school choirs really are.” In addition to True Bearing Chartered Financial Planners, Last Choir Singing is also supported by Pennine Wealth Solutions, Chorley Building Society and BBC Radio Lancashire. They work in partnership with Lancashire Music Hub, Blackburn with Darwen Music Hub and Blackpool Music Education Service.
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