10 June 2019
The final, which aired on BBC One on Sunday 2nd June, saw Francis Holland School, Sloane Square compete against Tring Park School for the Performing Arts and Rochester Grammar School.
The climax of the nationwide competition, presented by renowned singer Aled Jones, was held at Victoria Hall in Bolton and featured judges Carrie Grant, JB Gill and Russell Watson.
Francis Holland School’s incredibly talented Senior Chamber Choir, comprised of 27 girls from Years 9 to 13, stunned judges and viewers with their heartfelt performance of Doerksen’s ‘Faithful One’ and were heavily praised for their technical assurance, expressive nuance and confidence.
After a rigorous audition process which began last November, Francis Holland School was chosen as one of five young choirs to compete in the live semi-final which aired on Sunday 26th June, where they sang Chilcott’s ‘Psalm 150’. Following the closely contested semi-final, the expert judging panel selected Francis Holland School to appear in the final alongside Tring Park School for the Performing Arts and Rochester Grammar School.
Headmistress, Lucy Elphinstone, was especially proud of the girls’ performance, stating:
“We are thrilled by the girls’ achievement. The judges had nothing but praise for their rendition of the Chilcott piece, and said they sang ‘like the angels’. We are very proud not only of their flawless performance but also their modesty and enthusiasm. We extend our warmest thanks to Miss Vickery for her inspirational leading of the choir.”
CLICK HERE TO LISTEN TO THE GIRLS’ PERFORMANCE OF FAITHFUL ONE
CLICK HERE TO WATCH THE GIRLS’ PERFORMANCE ON THE BBC IPLAYER