Children from a cross-community choir in Bellaghy excelled at the recent Portstewart Festival.
The school cross community choir which comprises children from the local village school and children from St John Bosco Primary School sang their way to first place in the School Primary School Choir class.
The adjudicator commended the children on their excellent blend of voices and precise diction.
The choir went on to win most outstanding choir of the festival, resulting in another piece of silverware for the trophy cabinet.
The choir was prepared for the competition by Caroline Jones who is a voice coach in Bellaghy Primary School.
Accompanied on piano by Judith Torrens, the children in the choir were delighted with their success and they were rewarded with an ice cream on the drive back to Bellaghy.
Following the choir’s award winning performance, eight children returned to Portstewart to participate in a variety of vocal solo classes with immense success.
Again prepared by Caroline Jones, four children were awarded top places. Athena Bruce was first in her class, Cathryn Arrell second and Abby Wilson and Luke Kirkpatrick were third. Other children participating were Robin Bruce, Abby Steele, Bethany, Emily and Rebekah Dobson, all of whom obtained most creditable marks, reflecting a high standard of performance.
Speaking about the musical success, Principal of Bellaghy Primary School, Mary-Lou Richmond said how delighted she was that a small school like Bellaghy Primary had left such an impression on the festival. She said, ‘We love making music at Bellaghy
Primary and this recent success has been very well deserved for those who work so hard to develop their musical talents.’