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Belfast School wins BBC Songs of Praise Young Choir of the Year 2018

By David Young

Strathearn School Chamber Choir has won the Songs of Praise Young Choir of the Year 2018.

The 28-strong all-female choir sang a gospel melody called 'Hallulujah! Get Happy' to win the coveted accolade against strong competition from Welsh and English choirs.

"It was completely unexpected. We didn't expect to get to the semi-finals, let alone reach the final - and win!" said music teacher Heather McIvor.

Strathearn's Geogia McCutcheon and Lexi McKechnie accepted the award from Songs of Praise host  host Aled Jones: "We're just so appreciative and grateful and shocked!" Lexi said.

Judge Ken Burton described their performance as "precise and effortless".

Judge JB Gill said: "You guys are such great performers with such a bright sound to your vocals.

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