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Dalriada and St Patrick's Rathfriland named BBC School Choirs of Year

After nine weeks of competition between 65 schools, Northern Ireland's top school choirs have been named.

Dalriada in Ballymoney and St Patrick's in Rathfriland have taken the top honours in the BBC Radio Ulster School Choir of the Year.

Dalriada - winners of the senior section - performed The Conversion Of Saul and The Lord Bless You And Keep You, while junior champions St Patrick's performed Can You Hear Me? and Ching-A-Ring-Chaw.

Yesterday's live finals were presented by John Toal and Kerry McLean from the Ulster Hall, Belfast, and broadcast on BBC Radio Ulster.

The awards to the two schools were made by guest judge Carrie Grant, a vocal coach and television presenter best-known for her work on Fame Academy and Pop Idol.

The rest of the judging panel was made up of Ciaran Scullion, head of music at the Arts Council for Northern Ireland; Richard Yarr, senior classical music producer for BBC Radio Ulster, and Dominic Peckham, artistic director with the Ulster Youth Choir.

In the junior category Holy Family Primary School from Omagh were runners-up, and Ebrington Primary School, Londonderry, were second runners-up.

Carrickfergus Grammar School were runners-up and New Bridge Integrated College, Loughbrickland, second runners-up in the senior category.

The two-hour live radio programme also included a performance from Soprano Rebekah Coffey and Capella Caeciliana.

The two winning choirs will feature across a range of Radio Ulster's programming and events during this year.

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