Cantabile didn’t win but we didn’t lose either! As we congratulate our fellow finalists on a hard fought choral battle, we can be consoled by the truly lovely comments from the Judges Suzi Digby, Gareth Malone and Laura Mvula that recognised the quality of the singing from the Cantabile girls (and also the beautiful runners up trophy).
Listen to the performances on BBC iplayer and hopefully you will hear both the love and enthusiasm they have for choral singing as well as their technical brilliance which the Judges clearly felt singled them out and provided those ‘Magical Moments’. Jess Price sang the beautiful solo which anchored their second hymn ‘I Got a Robe’.
Jess Price sings her solo in I Got a Robe in the Final of School Choir of the Year 2014
Now the exam season is upon us, their next performance as a Choir will be at the Llangollen International Eisteddfod where they get to show a different repertoire. However choir members Serena Linley-Adams and Charlotte Pawley will also be singing in the Under 18s vocal solo competition this year with Jess Price singing in the 18 and over vocal solo competition.
School Choir of the Year 2014 3/3
The final episode of three will reveal who gets the coveted Songs of Praise School Choir of the Year trophy in 2014. It is going out slightly later than the other two episodes at 17:45 on BBC One. The BBC clip gives a flavour of the treats in store for us.
Laura Mvula and Gavin Malone share their love of singing with us in a special performance
Cantabile sing for a place in the 2014 finals
Cantabile was one of six school choirs singing for a place in the final of the 2014 BBC One Songs of Praise competition.
They delighted the judges with ‘Ex Ore Innocentium’, written by Bishop W.W.How and composed by John Ireland and secured their place in the final three along with Rochester and Highgate.
Comments from the judges about Cantabile’s performance included ‘The epitome of beauty ..’ Laura Mvula, ‘its my sort of thing …’ Gareth Malone, and ‘as an expression of faith … you also managed to bring a dimension to it that was very special’ Suzi Digby.
You can catch the whole programme on BBCiplayer or listen to clips of the individual performances. See if you agree with the Judges comments and the final three choirs!
Cantabile feature presented by Nick Owen
Nick Owen presented a feature on Cantabile’s bid for the finals of Songs of Praise School Choir of the Year today (2/5/2014).
With snippets from their rehearsals in Birmingham and interviews with the girls and Mrs Williamson, it gives a flavour of how much the competition means to them.
If you didn’t have the chance to see it, you can catch up on BBC iplayer for the next 20 hours: Cantabile and Midlands Today, 2/5/2014
BBC One – iPlayer clip published today (2/5/2014) features Cantabile in the still but gives no clue to their singing – you’ll have to watch on Sunday to find out!
Hereford Times article published online and in the paper this Thursday (1/5/2014).
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!
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:
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.