The St Peter’s Primary School choir

St Peters Primary School, Portishead school choir.

St Peters Primary School, Portishead school choir. - Credit: Archant

A SCHOOL choir from Portishead has been chosen to take part in the BBC Songs of Praise School Choir of the Year finals.

The group from St Peter’s Primary School is one of just six which have been chosen out of hundreds of entrants to take part in the final in March.

The school entered the competition after deputy headteacher Janine Ashman saw it advertised on TV last year.

The choir, made up of pupils from years four to six, was tasked with recording a traditional hymn and also an inspirational song with a Christian message.

They recorded the songs with the help of A-level Gordano School music students, Sam Hughes and Tim Brown, before sending them off to be judged.

Mrs Ashman said: “There were three people judging the entries and they gave a unanimous decision to put our choir through.

“They did so well to get through to the last few.”

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In March, the children will travel to Nottingham to take part in the final when six choirs will be whittled down to three before the winner is chosen.

This will be filmed and then broadcast in April.

In the meantime, the BBC will visit the school to film rehearsals and will also send a musical director along for a day to give the choir and teachers some tips ahead of the contest.