St. Patrick’s PS crowned BBC School Choir of the Year

St. Patrick's PS, Pennyburn winners of this year's BBC Songs of Praise School Choir of the Year competition.
St. Patrick's PS, Pennyburn winners of this year's BBC Songs of Praise School Choir of the Year competition.
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St. Patrick’s Primary School choir have been named the BBC Songs of Praise School Choir of the Year - they can finally reveal.

The choir, under the direction of music teacher Ursula Cullen had been sworn to secrecy about the result of the prestigious competition - which was decided in Liverpool in March.

But with the programme finally being broadcast on BBC One this afternoon (Sunday) they are now looking forward to “shouting from the rooftops” about their success.

School principal Eamon Devlin told the ‘Journal: “We are going to enjoy our success fully now.

“This has been a fantastic achievement for the school, for Ms Cullen and for the children.

“We are all exceptionally proud of the children and how hard they have worked to bring this title home to the school.

“They deserve great recognition for all they have achieved.”

The choir were one of two Derry schools who made it through to the final stages of the competition. Holy Family PS also made it to the semi finals but were knocked out at that stage despite impressing the judging panel with their rendition of ‘Make Me a Channel of Your Peace’.

St. Patrick’s however secured their place in the final with a breathtaking rendition of ‘On Eagle’s Wings’.

To secure the overall title the choir performed the old negro spiritual ‘Joshua Fought the Battle of Jericho’.

Members of the choir watched the show’s broadcast this afternoon at a special screening in The Delacroix.

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