Hit the high notes with the return of BBC Northern Ireland School Choir Of The Year
The search begins as applications are now open to find the very best primary and post-primary school choirs in Northern Ireland in 2019.
Presented by John Toal and Kerry McLean, BBC Northern Ireland School Choir of the Year, which returns as a yearly event, is organised in association with the Ulster Youth Choir and supported by the Arts Council Of Northern Ireland (ACNI).
It is part of the BBC Music NI, initiative supporting local talent alongside a wave of new programmes, creative collaborations and ground-breaking music initiatives.
During early 2019 the production team will be out across Northern Ireland with a series of heats which will be broadcast on BBC Radio Ulster/Foyle, culminating in a grand final, which will be screened for the first time on BBC NI television.
Emma Dunseith, Executive Editor Arts, Music and Learning, BBC Northern Ireland, said:
“BBC Northern Ireland is proud to be at the forefront of showcasing and developing new, young musical talent. And I suspect we will have even more schools participate this year in our BBC Northern Ireland School Choir of the Year which should make for a thrilling final.”
Ciaran Scullion, Head of Music, Arts Council of Northern Ireland, said:
“The Arts Council of Northern Ireland is proud to support BBC Northern Ireland School Choir of the Year Competition through National Lottery funding. This popular competition, in association with the Ulster Youth Choir, has nurtured a love of singing and inspired hundreds of school children throughout Northern Ireland since its establishment, helping to bring great art to all. I would encourage every school to take part in this very exciting competition and look forward to discovering new talent over the coming months.”
Shane Farren, Manager, Ulster Youth Choir, said:
“The Ulster Youth Choir is delighted to see the return of BBC Northern Ireland School Choir of the Year competition. The series of programmes provides an excellent platform for young singers across Northern Ireland and showcases the high quality of music provision in our schools.”
Details on how to enter BBC Northern Ireland School Choir Of The Year and full terms and conditions can be found at: bbc.co.uk/musicni
Entries are invited from all primary and post primary schools in Northern Ireland only. There will be two age categories: Primary Schools up to and including 11 years of age and Post Primary Schools up to and including 19 years of age (The children’s ages are taken to be as on 1st September 2018). The maximum number of choir members is 60 and teachers may not form part of the school choir.
Initial entry will entail submission of an MP3/WAV recording of their choir singing two contrasting pieces of their choice. The pieces can be either accompanied or unaccompanied. The combined recordings must not exceed eight minutes. Entries are to be received by Wednesday 12 December 2018 at midday, and those shortlisted will be notified accordingly.
Recordings of the choir must be of one take. Entries showing evidence of editing or digital enhancement such as layering and the use of auto-tuning will be disqualified. If a school chooses to use pre-recorded accompaniment this must be purely instrumental and not contain any vocals. Recordings must be of the current school choir and not of choir members who have now left the school.