Oakham School choir miss out on top prize in BBC Songs of Praise School competition
Oakham School’s chamber choir were named senior runner-up in the BBC Songs of Praise School Choir of the Year Competition.
The final was screened on BBC One on Sunday when the choir got to put into action months of hard work.
Oakham competed against St George’s College, Weybridge and Tring Park School for the Performing Arts, which went onto win the competition.
Director of music Peter Davis said: “While we didn’t bring home the trophy, our choir can certainly, in the words of one of the judges, hold our heads up high.
“This is one of the most fiercely competitive and prestigious school choral competitions, and I’m incredibly proud that having only ever entered it twice, we reached the semi-finals in 2012 and now, in 2016, the finals.
“This is a real testament to the quality of music on offer at Oakham.
“The students are so deserving of this national recognition and such fulsome praise from the judges. It was an outstanding achievement to sing so well in front of the camera crews, hundreds of spectators and, of course, the judges. It’s certainly an experience they should remember proudly and fondly for the rest of their lives.”
Presenter Aled Jones called all three school choirs “magnificent” and, after Oakham’s performance, he suggested the choir had “set the bar really high.”
Connie Fisher, who won the BBC One talent contest How Do You Solve a Problem Like Maria? told Oakham School: “It was such a polished performance; I didn’t think you could get any better but you’ve just proved me wrong.”
To watch the programme visit BBC iPlayer.