Youngsters hit the right note

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YOUNG singers hit top note as their performance at the DW Stadium secured a place in the final of a regional music competition.

The choir from Sacred Heart Catholic Primary School in Atherton beat the competition from schools in Wigan and Boothstown to secure victory in the singing contest organised by Manchester-based charity Child Education Development and Empowerment (CEDE) Trust Fund.

Atherton Sacred Heart RC Primary School choir

Atherton Sacred Heart RC Primary School choir

The 34 youngsters in years four, five and six sang a programme of five songs in the Manchester West heat, with repertoire ranging from I Wish I Knew How It Feels To Be Free, made famous by legendary jazz singer Nina Simone, to spiritual Wade In The Water and a song called Cat and Mouse Games.

The Atherton pupils were entered for the competition after taking part in the Wigan Schools Choral Festival and Let’s Sing, with the teachers wanting to stretch the youngsters’ musical abilities further.

Teacher Victoria Woodward, who trained the choir along with colleague Kate Blezard, said: “We’re absolutely over the moon with how it went, the children were just brilliant. It was lovely to see their faces when they announced we had won.

“We had solos in the first song from Finlay Hodson and in the last one from India Sharrocks, and they really did us proud.

“We started putting the programme together in September and tried a few different things out. We got a bit of advice from the competition organisers about how we would be marked, which gave us an idea of what sort of songs to choose.

“We’ve always had a good singing tradition in school, and it gives us confidence to go forward and enter more competitions.”

The Atherton pupils will now go on to compete against the best schools from the Manchester East heat at a grand final in Stockport in April.