Tring Park School for the Performing Arts have won the prestigious BBC Songs of Praise School Choir of the Year 2016 competition.
The final, which was aired on BBC One, saw the Tring Park School Choir compete in the senior category against Oakham School and St George’s College.
The choir impressed the judges, which included: world-famous mezzo-soprano Katherine Jenkins; British choral and orchestral conductor and composer Ken Burton; and West End star Connie Fisher Daniel, with their rendition of Daniel, Daniel Servant Of The Lord.
The competition final was presented by Aled Jones at Sheffield City Hall .
Tommy Nagra, executive producer from Songs of Praise, said: “This year’s finalists showcased inspiring and spine-tingling performances of the highest quality. The children, teachers and parents of all our entrants deserve real praise for embracing the competition and supporting the fine tradition of singing in schools across the UK. The judges had a tough task picking the winners who demonstrated choral excellence of the highest standard. Congratulations to Tring Park School from Hertfordshire who walked away with the coveted trophy in the senior category as winner of School Choir of The Year 2016.”
Reflecting on the choir’s achievements, Tring Park Director of Music Liz Norris said: “This is the first year that we have entered the Songs of Praise School Choir of the Year competition and even having seen it on television, we really didn’t know what to expect.
“The standard was extremely high however from all choirs competing, and to say that we were surprised and delighted with the result would be an understatement. I am unbelievably proud of the choristers for their talent, commitment, professionalism and passion and feel honoured to be able to work with such amazing young people.
“We only get the chance to rehearse during the lunch times, which, given the length and intensity of the school day, speaks volumes about the choristers’ commitment and dedication.”