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Last Choir Singing - victorous winners Tarelton Community Primary School

Last Choir Singing - victorous winners Tarelton Community Primary School

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Dulcet-toned pupils from Tarleton hit the high note after raising the roof at Blackburn’s St George’s Hall.

The village’s Community Primary School choir has been crowned Last Choir Singing 2016 winners – beating more than 1,500 singers from 50 school choirs.

Over the past few months, 10 finalists were whittled down from five heats to make it to the Grand Final.

Tarleton, who took part in the Central Lancashire round, beat nine other finalist choirs to get the coveted prize in a very close competition, with the second placed Great Eccleston The Copp Primary, narrowly missing out on the title.

Tarleton Community Primary School choir, is led by Philippa Russmann, who has been working with the choir for three years.

After receiving the award, acting head teacher, Janette Higson, said: “The fact we’ve won is just fantastic.

“I feel very emotional because I know each and every one of the children has worked so hard to get here.

“It is not only an amazing achievement for us but also a brilliant opportunity for us to showcase our school.

“The competition has brought so much confidence, enjoyment and a real sense of achievement for our 
choristers.”

Competition judge Ike Rann said: “Tarleton Community Primary School won me over instantly. Their music went straight to my core and I didn’t want to miss a moment.

“This year’s finalists were incredibly impressive.

“Last Choir Singing is an incredible experience and it was utterly compelling judging this year. Seeing so many young people in this competition is wonderful – you can see that each and every one of them is enjoying it.

“Events like this are so important as they provide a great opportunity to allow the children to express themselves artistically, and these are moments they will never forget.”