Carnforth Rotary hosted their third Junior Schools’ Choir Competition at Carnforth High School on Friday 22nd November. Rotary District Governor, Miles Leadbeater was accompanied by his wife Lynda.
The competition was sponsored by the Peter Jackson Charity whose aim is to help promote musical performance through choral singing.
Three local schools entered the competition – St Luke’s School from Slyne-with-Hest, Wilson’s Endowed School from Over Kellet and Carnforth Christ Church School. Each choir had to perform the set piece “Ain’t gonna a let nobody turn me around” which is a traditional Negro spiritual, requiring part singing and with a strong beat which was followed by a song of their own choice with a Christmas theme.
St Luke’s choir gave a confident performance of the set piece and then sang, very movingly, their own choice “Peace be with you”.
Next to perform was Wilson’s Endowed choir, who brought well choreographed movement into their performance of the set piece, enhancing the strong beat. They then sang “Sing out with joy” with great clarity and good tone ending “Alleluia – Amen” emphasising the joy.
Carnforth Christ Church choir sang the set piece, emphasising the beat with suitably choreographed actions. Then they performed their own choice “Angels singing” beautifully interpreting the song with their hands and smiles.
Between performances MC, Rotarian Ivor Davies, kept everyone entertained with his jokes and riddles while the judges were completing their adjudication. The three choirs joined together and sing “Ain’t gonna a let nobody turn me around”. They filled the hall with a great sound to round off an enjoyable event.
First place – Carnforth Christ Church School Choir; Second place – Wilson’s Endowed School Choir; Third place – St Luke’s School Choir.
The Mayor of Carnforth, Kath Bromilow, MBE, presented the shield to Christ Church School Choir which they will keep for one year.
Rotary President, Pete Lambson, presented certificates to the three choirs and gave his closing remarks. Each choir member was presented with a participation certificate.