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Derry schools win BBC Northern Ireland School Choir Of The Year

Ebrington Primary School, Londonderry, winners of the junior section of BBC Northern Ireland School Choir Of The Year. Photo by William Cherry/Presseye
Ebrington Primary School, Londonderry, winners of the junior section of BBC Northern Ireland School Choir Of The Year. Photo by William Cherry/Presseye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 07th April 2019 - Photo by William Cherry/Presseye Ebrington Primary School performing during BBC Northern Ireland School Choir of the Year at the Ulster Hall, Belfast earlier today. Catch up with the radio programme again via BBC Sounds. A special TV highlights programme will be shown on BBC One NI on Sunday 14 April at 5.30pm
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 07th April 2019 - Photo by William Cherry/Presseye Judges Richard Yarr, Carrie Grant, Ciaran Scullion and Andrew Nunn with Emma Dunseith (centre), Executive Editor, Music & Arts BBC NI at this year’s BBC Northern Ireland School Choir of the Year, live on BBC Radio Ulster from the Ulster Hall, Belfast, earlier today (Sunday) Photo by William Cherry/Presseye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 07th April 2019 - Photo by William Cherry/Presseye Presenters John Toal and Kerry McLean welcome choirs from across Northern Ireland to this year’s BBC Northern Ireland School Choir of the Year, live on BBC Radio Ulster from the Ulster Hall, Belfast, earlier today (Sunday)
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 07th April 2019 - Photo by William Cherry/Presseye A packed Ulster Hall, Belfast, during this year’s BBC Northern Ireland School Choir of the Year, which was live on BBC Radio Ulster. Catch up with the radio programme again via BBC Sounds. A special TV highlights programme will be shown on BBC One NI on Sunday 14 April at 5.30pm
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 07th April 2019 - Photo by William Cherry/Presseye A packed Ulster Hall, Belfast, during this year’s BBC Northern Ireland School Choir of the Year, which was live on BBC Radio Ulster. Catch up with the radio programme again via BBC Sounds. A special TV highlights programme will be shown on BBC One NI on Sunday 14 April at 5.30pm
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 07th April 2019 - Photo by William Cherry/Presseye Presenters John Toal and Kerry McLean welcome choirs from across Northern Ireland to this year’s BBC Northern Ireland School Choir of the Year, live on BBC Radio Ulster from the Ulster Hall, Belfast, earlier today (Sunday)
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 07th April 2019 - Photo by William Cherry/Presseye Macosquin Primary School performing during BBC Northern Ireland School Choir of the Year at the Ulster Hall, Belfast earlier today. Catch up with the radio programme again via BBC Sounds. A special TV highlights programme will be shown on BBC One NI on Sunday 14 April at 5.30pm
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 07th April 2019 - Photo by William Cherry/Presseye Pond Park Primary School performing during BBC Northern Ireland School Choir of the Year at the Ulster Hall, Belfast earlier today. Catch up with the radio programme again via BBC Sounds. A special TV highlights programme will be shown on BBC One NI on Sunday 14 April at 5.30pm
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 07th April 2019 - Photo by William Cherry/Presseye Presenters John Toal and Kerry McLean welcome choirs from across Northern Ireland to this year’s BBC Northern Ireland School Choir of the Year, live on BBC Radio Ulster from the Ulster Hall, Belfast, earlier today (Sunday)
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 07th April 2019 - Photo by William Cherry/Presseye Dalriada School performing during BBC Northern Ireland School Choir of the Year at the Ulster Hall, Belfast earlier today. Catch up with the radio programme again via BBC Sounds. A special TV highlights programme will be shown on BBC One NI on Sunday 14 April at 5.30pm
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 07th April 2019 - Photo by William Cherry/Presseye Macosquin Primary School performing during BBC Northern Ireland School Choir of the Year at the Ulster Hall, Belfast earlier today. Catch up with the radio programme again via BBC Sounds. A special TV highlights programme will be shown on BBC One NI on Sunday 14 April at 5.30pm
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 07th April 2019 - Photo by William Cherry/Presseye Ebrington Primary School performing during BBC Northern Ireland School Choir of the Year at the Ulster Hall, Belfast earlier today. Catch up with the radio programme again via BBC Sounds. A special TV highlights programme will be shown on BBC One NI on Sunday 14 April at 5.30pm
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 07th April 2019 - Photo by William Cherry/Presseye Pond Park Primary School performing during BBC Northern Ireland School Choir of the Year at the Ulster Hall, Belfast earlier today. Catch up with the radio programme again via BBC Sounds. A special TV highlights programme will be shown on BBC One NI on Sunday 14 April at 5.30pm
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 07th April 2019 - Photo by William Cherry/Presseye Judges Richard Yarr, Carrie Grant, Ciaran Scullion and Andrew Nunn with Emma Dunseith (centre), Executive Editor, Music & Arts BBC NI at this year’s BBC Northern Ireland School Choir of the Year, live on BBC Radio Ulster from the Ulster Hall, Belfast, earlier today (Sunday) Photo by William Cherry/Presseye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 07th April 2019 - Photo by William Cherry/Presseye Thornhill College performing during BBC Northern Ireland School Choir of the Year at the Ulster Hall, Belfast earlier today. Catch up with the radio programme again via BBC Sounds. A special TV highlights programme will be shown on BBC One NI on Sunday 14 April at 5.30pm
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 07th April 2019 - Photo by William Cherry/Presseye Carrickfergus Grammar School performing during BBC Northern Ireland School Choir of the Year at the Ulster Hall, Belfast earlier today. Catch up with the radio programme again via BBC Sounds. A special TV highlights programme will be shown on BBC One NI on Sunday 14 April at 5.30pm
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 07th April 2019 - Photo by William Cherry/Presseye Dalriada School performing during BBC Northern Ireland School Choir of the Year at the Ulster Hall, Belfast earlier today. Catch up with the radio programme again via BBC Sounds. A special TV highlights programme will be shown on BBC One NI on Sunday 14 April at 5.30pm
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 07th April 2019 - Photo by William Cherry/Presseye Macosquin Primary School performing during BBC Northern Ireland School Choir of the Year at the Ulster Hall, Belfast earlier today. Catch up with the radio programme again via BBC Sounds. A special TV highlights programme will be shown on BBC One NI on Sunday 14 April at 5.30pm
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 07th April 2019 - Photo by William Cherry/Presseye Thornhill College performing during BBC Northern Ireland School Choir of the Year at the Ulster Hall, Belfast earlier today. Catch up with the radio programme again via BBC Sounds. A special TV highlights programme will be shown on BBC One NI on Sunday 14 April at 5.30pm
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 07th April 2019 - Photo by William Cherry/Presseye Thornhill College performing during BBC Northern Ireland School Choir of the Year at the Ulster Hall, Belfast earlier today. Catch up with the radio programme again via BBC Sounds. A special TV highlights programme will be shown on BBC One NI on Sunday 14 April at 5.30pm
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 07th April 2019 - Photo by William Cherry/Presseye Dalriada School performing during BBC Northern Ireland School Choir of the Year at the Ulster Hall, Belfast earlier today. Catch up with the radio programme again via BBC Sounds. A special TV highlights programme will be shown on BBC One NI on Sunday 14 April at 5.30pm
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 07th April 2019 - Photo by William Cherry/Presseye Carrickfergus Grammar School performing during BBC Northern Ireland School Choir of the Year at the Ulster Hall, Belfast earlier today. Catch up with the radio programme again via BBC Sounds. A special TV highlights programme will be shown on BBC One NI on Sunday 14 April at 5.30pm
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 07th April 2019 - Photo by William Cherry/Presseye Pond Park Primary School performing during BBC Northern Ireland School Choir of the Year at the Ulster Hall, Belfast earlier today. Catch up with the radio programme again via BBC Sounds. A special TV highlights programme will be shown on BBC One NI on Sunday 14 April at 5.30pm
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 07th April 2019 - Photo by William Cherry/Presseye Thornhill College performing during BBC Northern Ireland School Choir of the Year at the Ulster Hall, Belfast earlier today. Catch up with the radio programme again via BBC Sounds. A special TV highlights programme will be shown on BBC One NI on Sunday 14 April at 5.30pm
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 07th April 2019 - Photo by William Cherry/Presseye Carrickfergus Grammar School performing during BBC Northern Ireland School Choir of the Year at the Ulster Hall, Belfast earlier today. Catch up with the radio programme again via BBC Sounds. A special TV highlights programme will be shown on BBC One NI on Sunday 14 April at 5.30pm
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 07th April 2019 - Photo by William Cherry/Presseye Carrickfergus Grammar School performing during BBC Northern Ireland School Choir of the Year at the Ulster Hall, Belfast earlier today. Catch up with the radio programme again via BBC Sounds. A special TV highlights programme will be shown on BBC One NI on Sunday 14 April at 5.30pm
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 07th April 2019 - Photo by William Cherry/Presseye Dalriada School performing during BBC Northern Ireland School Choir of the Year at the Ulster Hall, Belfast earlier today. Catch up with the radio programme again via BBC Sounds. A special TV highlights programme will be shown on BBC One NI on Sunday 14 April at 5.30pm
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 07th April 2019 - Photo by William Cherry/Presseye Thornhill College performing during BBC Northern Ireland School Choir of the Year at the Ulster Hall, Belfast earlier today. Catch up with the radio programme again via BBC Sounds. A special TV highlights programme will be shown on BBC One NI on Sunday 14 April at 5.30pm
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 07th April 2019 - Photo by William Cherry/Presseye Simply the best – Ebrington Primary School, Londonderry, winners of the junior section of BBC Northern Ireland School Choir Of The Year, which came live from the Ulster Hall, Belfast on BBC Radio Ulster earlier today (Sunday), with guest judge Carrie Grant (centre). A special TV highlights programme from the event will be shown on BBC One Northern Ireland, Sunday 14 April at 5.30pm
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 07th April 2019 - Photo by William Cherry/Presseye On top of the world - Thornhill College, Derry, winners of the senior section of BBC Northern Ireland School Choir Of The Year, which came live on BBC Radio Ulster from the Ulster Hall, Belfast earlier today, with guest judge Carrie Grant (centre). A special TV highlights programme from the event will be shown on BBC One Northern Ireland, Sunday 14 April at 5.30pm
Thornhill College, Derry, winners of the senior section of BBC Northern Ireland School Choir Of The Year. Photo by William Cherry/Presseye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 07th April 2019 - Photo by William Cherry/Presseye On top of the world - Thornhill College, Derry, winners of the senior section of BBC Northern Ireland School Choir Of The Year, which came live on BBC Radio Ulster from the Ulster Hall, Belfast earlier today, with guest judge Carrie Grant (centre). A special TV highlights programme from the event will be shown on BBC One Northern Ireland, Sunday 14 April at 5.30pm
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 07th April 2019 - Photo by William Cherry/Presseye On top of the world - Thornhill College, Derry, winners of the senior section of BBC Northern Ireland School Choir Of The Year, which came live on BBC Radio Ulster from the Ulster Hall, Belfast earlier today, with guest judge Carrie Grant (centre). A special TV highlights programme from the event will be shown on BBC One Northern Ireland, Sunday 14 April at 5.30pm

Londonderry's Thornhill College and Ebrington Primary School have been named as Northern Ireland’s top senior and junior school choirs in the live final of BBC Northern Ireland School Choir Of The Year.

Presented by John Toal and Kerry McLean, the final took place in Belfast's Ulster Hall on Sunday.

Sixty-two choirs battled it out over the course of the past eight weeks and six schools from across Northern Ireland took part in the live final, with three competing respectively in the junior and senior categories.

The awards to the two schools were presented by guest judge Carrie Grant, vocal coach, singer and television presenter.

The rest of the judging panel was made up of Ciaran Scullion, Head of Music, Arts Council for Northern Ireland, Richard Yarr, Senior Producer Classical Music, BBC Radio Ulster, and Andrew Nunn, Musical Director with the Ulster Youth Choir.

Each choir was invited to perform two songs and the judges decided which two choirs from the junior and senior categories would go head to head to pick up the two titles.

The choirs taking part in the Junior category final were: Pond Park Primary School, Lisburn; Ebrington Primary School, Londonderry, and Macosquin Primary School, Coleraine.

In the Senior category competing in the final were: Carrickfergus Grammar School; Thornhill College, Derry and Dalriada School, Ballymoney.

Thornhill College performed The Seal Lullaby and De Angelis, while Ebrington Primary School performed I Am A Small Part Of The World and Get On Board.

In the junior category Macosquin Primary from Coleraine and Pond Park Primary School, Lisburn were runners-up, and it was Dalriada School and Carrickfergus Grammar who were runners-up in the senior category.

Thornhill College, Derry, winners of the senior section of BBC Northern Ireland School Choir Of The Year. Photo by William Cherry/Presseye
Thornhill College, Derry, winners of the senior section of BBC Northern Ireland School Choir Of The Year. Photo by William Cherry/Presseye

The show also included a performance from the Ulster Youth Chamber Choir, followed by flautist Andrew Douglas, one of the recipients of the BBC NI/ACNI Young Musicians’ Platform Awards, accompanied by Ruth McGinley.

The winning choirs will feature across a range of programming and events during this year.

A special highlights programme will air on BBC One Northern Ireland on Sunday 14 April at 5.30pm.

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