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Celtic fringes claim the Songs of Praise choral crowns

29 April 2013

The High School of Glasgow and St Patrick's Primary from Pennyburn, County Derry, in Northern Ireland, have won the senior and junior sections respectively of the BBC Songs of Praise School Choir of the Year Competition 2013. Three schools in each category took part in the competition final, which was held at the BT Convention Centre, Liverpool, and was broadcast in BBC One on 22 April.

Each choir sang a hymn in the semi-final round and an inspirational song in the final. St Patrick's, conducted by Ursula Cullen and accompanied by Trevor Burnside, gave a moving performance of 'On eagle's wings' by Mark Joncas in their semifinal and then left jury member Suzi Digby with 'nothing to criticise' in a performance of the spiritual 'Joshua fit the battle of Jericho' which she described as 'loaded with drama'. The other two schools in the junior final were from Putney High School south London, and Hymers College, Hull. Glasgow High School, conducted by Frikki Walker and accompanied by Neil Macfarlane, sang 'O God you search me' by Bernadette Farrell in their semifinal round and 'Praise his holy name' by Keith Hampton in the final. They competed against Grosvenor Grammar School from Belfast and Tonbridge Grammar School from Kent. David Grant and Myleene Klass were on the judging panel alongside Suzi Digby for both categories. 

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