Choristers from Goosnargh sang their way to choral finals

Goosnargh Oliverson's pupils at Last Choir Singing.
Goosnargh Oliverson's pupils at Last Choir Singing.
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Goosnargh Oliverson’s CE Primary School has made it to the finals of Lancashire’s ‘Last Choir Singing’ competition for junior schools after winning their heat on Friday in a show stopping performance at the Marine Hall, Fleetwood.

The school choir beat off four other schools to take the heat two title, winning £250 to buy musical equipment for their school.

Duncan Heather (acclaimed international vocalist) who was the compere, made the announcement following his performance of ‘I Dreamed a Dream’.

Goosnargh’s choir consists of 25 vocalists and is led by Emma Swarbrick, who has been working with the choir since 2007.

After attending one of the Last Choir vocal training workshops last autumn, Emma decided to enter her choir into the competition.

The free training sessions were a new element to the competition for 2015/16 and were in response to requests from choral leaders who were looking for additional support in guiding their choirs.

Tom Newall (operatic, orchestral and choral conductor) and Duncan Heather were the experts leading the workshops which were well received by all who attended.

Oliverson’s headteacher Helen Sant said: “We are so pleased and proud of our choir’s performance and are delighted to have made it to the final in June, they really did enjoy themselves.”

Competition judge Debbie Jones said: “This was our second heat and they did not fail to impress us. Considering some of these choirs had only recently formed and at such a young age, they really did show an exceptionally high standard. The choirs and their leaders should be extremely proud of their achievements.”

Lead supporter and organiser, True Bearing Chartered Financial Planners chairman, George Critchley said: “We have been overwhelmed with all the choirs so far. The effort and enthusiasm they have all shown has been amazing. To have a winning choir as a result of attending our choral workshops is fantastic news, the chance to get individual advice from experts such as these doesn’t come around too often and it proves to us that they were definitely worth adding to the competition.”

Another choral workshop attendee, Little Digmoor Primary School, from Skelmersdale, won the title of ‘Most Artistic’ and took home a prize of £125 in musical equipment vouchers.

Heats for school choirs were to continue yesterday at Westholme School on Saturday at Westholme School and on Tuesday, March 22 at Blackpool Tower Ballroom.

The final of ‘Last Choir Singing’ will take place on Friday, June 17, at King George’s Hall, Blackburn, and is set to be a sellout.

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.

The competition aims to showcase musical education throughout the region and the winning choir will receive £1,000 towards music equipment for their school and the runner-up £500. The winner will also be awarded with the True Bearing Chartered Last Choir Singing Trophy.

This is the second such competition for Lancashire’s junior schools and returns after the success of last year.