The atmosphere was charged at the Parr Hall on 20 June as the six finalists for the Primary Choral Festival joined together to compete for the title of Accent’s Primary Choir of the Year 2019. Westbrook Old Hall, St Oswald’s, St Berteline’s, St Lewis’s, St Margaret’s and Stockton Heath gained their place to compete by entering the first round of recorded entries.
Each choir had an allocated ten minutes to impress our Choral Judges, Emma Cunliffe from Chetham’s School of Music and Mel Burton, Deputy Head of Service and Vocal Strategy Lead for Resonate Music Hub- and they were VERY impressed!
All six schools gave their all and wowed both audience and judges with their performances. Song choices ranged from Traditional African songs and three-part vocal showpieces to Musical classics and Popular Music crowd-pleasers, so really something for everyone to enjoy.
Whilst the judges deliberated, the audience and competing choirs were treated to an outstanding performance from Penketh High School Choir.
Janet Whittingham, Vocal Strategy Lead, event organiser and compere on the evening said “We were delighted with the standard of competitors this year. It’s very apparent how hard schools are working towards these performances and what utter enjoyment the children get from singing together- so much so that the atmosphere backstage was simply one of friendship and genuine admiration for each other’s performances. It is truly an honour to hear these fantastic Choirs- well done to everyone for their performances!”
Unfortunately, there can be but one winner. In third place was St Oswald’s with their performances of ‘When I Grow Up’ and ‘Naughty’. In second place was St Berteline’s for their performances of ‘Warm up and Stomp’, ‘So I Could Find My Way’ and ‘Count on Me/ Sing and Shout’. Finally, huge congratulations to the overall Winners Westbrook Old Hall who performed ‘You’re Gonna Lose That Girl’, ‘Be My Baby’ and ‘Octopus’ Garden’ to take the title of Accent’s Primary Choir of the Year 2019.