School choir will battle it out on Songs of Praise

Oakham School EMN-160404-143530001
Oakham School EMN-160404-143530001

Oakham School’s talented Chamber Choir is through to the semi-final of the BBC Songs of Praise School Choir of the Year competition, which broadcasts on BBC One on Sunday at 4.15pm.

The semi-final, held at Sheffield City Hall and presented by Aled Jones, sees the choir performing for celebrity judges Katherine Jenkins, Ken Burton and Connie Fisher.

Three schools will be selected to sing again in the final, which will be aired on Sunday, April 24.

Director of music Peter Davis said: “We are all delighted that Oakham is one of just six senior choirs to have been selected from across the UK to take part in this prestigious and well-loved competition.

“Everyone at Oakham is really looking forward to watching the programme.”

Peter said the choir had spent the last term practising two pieces for the competition; Roderick Williams’ I want Jesus to walk with me, and an a cappella arrangement of Amazing Grace.

Choir members Alva and Will showed the BBC filming crew around the school earlier in the year, including the School Chapel.

This isn’t the first time the quality of Oakham’s Chamber Choir has been recognised in this competition – they reached the semi-final of the BBC Songs of Praise School Choir of the Year the last time they entered in 2012.

Already this year, the choir was one of seven schools chosen to participate in the Barnardo’s National Choral Competition, another competition renowned for its extremely high standards.

The school will be updating Twitter during Songs of Praise. Follow @OakhamSch.