Dalriada choir scoop semi-final place

The senior choir from Dalriada School, Ballymoney and their teachers who have won a place in the semi-finals of this years BBC Radio Ulster School Choir Of The Year. They are pictured after winning the heat with presenter Kerry McLean (right) and judges Rebekah Coffey, Ciaran Scullion and Richard Yarr
The senior choir from Dalriada School, Ballymoney and their teachers who have won a place in the semi-finals of this years BBC Radio Ulster School Choir Of The Year. They are pictured after winning the heat with presenter Kerry McLean (right) and judges Rebekah Coffey, Ciaran Scullion and Richard Yarr

Dalriada School, Ballymoney has won a place in the semi-final of the BBC Radio Ulster School Choir Of The Year which will take place at the Island Arts Centre, Lisburn.

Over the course of the next six weeks choirs from across Northern Ireland will be battling it out for a place in the final. Presented by John Toal and Kerry McLean, the series, part of BBC Music NI, will culminate in a live final from the Ulster Hall, Belfast, on Sunday 17 April.

Some of the choir from Dalriada School, Ballymoney who have won a place in the semi-finals of this years BBC Radio Ulster School Choir Of The Year. The Ballymoney choir beat off competition at their heat in The Guildhall in Londonderry earlier this month to win a place in the semis at the Island Arts Centre, Lisburn on Tuesday 8 March

Some of the choir from Dalriada School, Ballymoney who have won a place in the semi-finals of this years BBC Radio Ulster School Choir Of The Year. The Ballymoney choir beat off competition at their heat in The Guildhall in Londonderry earlier this month to win a place in the semis at the Island Arts Centre, Lisburn on Tuesday 8 March

Competing for a place were, Junior category: Ebrington Primary School, Londonderry; Macosquin Primary School, Coleraine; Lisnagelvin Primary School, Derry; Bellaghy Primary School; Limavady Central Primary School and Longtower Primary School, Derry.

In the Senior category, the schools were: Coleraine Grammar School; Dalriada School, Ballymoney; St Mary’s College, Derry; Thornhill College, Derry and Wallace High School, Lisburn.

However it was Ebrington Primary School and Dalriada School who impressed the judging panel, made up of Richard Yarr, Senior Producer Classical Music, BBC Radio Ulster; Ciaran Scullion, Head of Music, Arts Council of Northern Ireland and Rebekah Coffey, soprano and coach with the Ulster Youth Choir.

The competition, now in its second year, is produced in association with the Ulster Youth Choir, and supported by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland.

The winning choirs will feature across a range of BBC Radio Ulster’s programming and events during this year.

If you missed the programme, catch it again via the BBC Radio iPlayer by logging on to: bbc.co.uk/radio and follow the links to BBC Radio Ulster.

Films and photos of the choirs’ performances will be online at bbc.co.uk/schoolchoiroftheyear