Category Archives: Songs of Praise Choir of the Year

Check out our photo on the BBC website …

Image for School Choir of the Year (2/3)

The BBC website is starting to build anticipation for the second of the three episodes this Sunday (11th May). They’ve used a lovely snapshot of Cantabile with Jo Williamson.

It was a real honour and test of nerves to sing in front of the celebrity judges Gareth Malone, Laura Mvula and Suzi Digby  – we obviously wanted to impress!

David Grant is presenting each episode and he was great during filming. He even managed to get all the audience singing in four part harmony AND sounding surprisingly good!

Congratulations to the 2014 Junior School Choir finalists …

The first results are in – we now know the three Junior School Choirs who’ve made it through to the BBC Songs of Praise final which will be on Sunday 11th May 17:00 – 17:45. Catch-up on BBC iplayer if you missed the first of the three episodes.

Watch the Senior choirs next week on Sunday 4th May 17:00 – 17:45 to find out if Cantabile will be one of the three Senior School Choirs joining them!

Meanwhile our congratulations to all six of the junior choirs who took part:

Songs of Praise

Wow – it’s almost time to reveal the result of that weekend of singing in March.

On Sunday (27/4/14) the BBC will be showing the first of three episodes for the Songs of Praise School Choir of the Year 2014 which features the junior school choirs.

What is wonderful is the quality of choral singing which the children have achieved through sheer hard work and singing purely for the joy of it.

We hope you can support all the choirs by tuning in to all three episodes.

Birmingham and the BBC help showcase Herefordshire Talent … support our girls!

Cantabile has been named as one of ‘the very best of school choirs in the UK’ helping Birmingham reverberate with the sound of BBC’s Songs of Praise School Choir of the Year as they attempt to win the coveted title.

The other five senior school choir semi-finalists that will being singing their chosen hymn are:

The Rochester Grammar School from Kent, Lincoln Minster School, The Grey Coat Hospital School from London, “Cantabile” from Hereford Cathedral School, Godolphin from Salisbury and Highgate School from London.

It promises to be a memorable line up and ‘a real family treat for audiences’ according to Tommy Nagra, Head of Business Development, BBC Birmingham.

More details about the event and the Junior Choirs too are in the BBC news release:

‘Birmingham reverberates to sound of BBC Songs Of Praise: School Choir Of The Year’

Local coverage:

Choir of the Year – request free tickets to support Cantabile in Birmingham on 16th March 2014

Sunday 16th March is the date  for the semi-final and final of the Senior School Choir of the Year 2014.

Request your free tickets to come and support us at The International Convention Centre in Birmingham between 2:00 and 6:00 pm.

The judging line up includes the classically trained musician, singer and television presenter Myleene Klass and the internationally renowned choral expert and conductor Suzi Digby.


Cantabile through to the semi-finals of BBC’s Songs of Praise School Choir of the Year

Hot off the press – HCS’s Cantabile Girls Choir is one of six senior school choirs through to the final stages of the BBC Songs of Praise School Choir of the Year.

The semi-final and final will be held in March in Birmingham (to be confirmed). After the semi-final the judges will choose three of the junior and 3 of the senior school choirs to compete in the final.

More details will be posted when available.

BBC’s Songs of Praise Choir of the Year 2012 (22 April)

Hereford Cathedral School’s Cantabile Girls’ Choir sang ‘For The Beauty Of The Earth’ when they were picked from over 300 choirs nationally to take part in the BBC Songs of Praise Choir of the Year 2012 – Semi Final.

Choir of the Year 2012 Semi Final - BBC songs of Praise

To watch Hereford Cathedral School’s Cantabile Girls’ Choir performance on Songs of Praise on the 22 April visit the BBC iplayer at