The popular 'All Island School Choir' competition returns to our screens Sunday week and will run for five weeks on RTÉ One. The event will culminate with the live final which shall be held in Belfast’s Waterfront Hall on Sunday, November 14.
Twenty schools have qualified for this year’s regional finals which take place in the School of Music in Cork, the Royal Theatre, Castlebar, the Solstice Theatre in Navan and the Market Place Theatre in Armagh.
The inaugural competition was won last year by Methodist College, Belfast and this year competitors are De La Salle Senior Choir, Waterford, Presentation Secondary School, Kilkenny, Presentation Secondary School, Ballyphehane, Cork, Saint Leo’s College, Carlow Ursuline Secondary School Chamber Choir, Thurles in heat 1 in Cork.
In Castlebar the following schools will compete - Athboy Community School, Navan, Saint Brigid’s Convent of Mercy, Tuam, Saint Joseph’s Secondary School, Castlebar, Scoil Mhuire, Trim and the Ursuline College, Sligo.
In Navan Alexandra College Choir, Milltown, Dublin take on Holy Child Secondary School Choir, Killiney, Co. Dublin, King’s Hospital Choir, Palmerstown, Co Dublin, St Columba’s College Choir, Rathfarmham, Dublin and Wesley College Choir, Ballinteer, Dublin.
Foyle View, Derry, St Dominic’s Belfast, St Mary’s Derry, St Patrick’s Maghera, Co Derry and Victoria College, Belfast will compete in Armagh.
The competition is organised by Co-Operation Ireland in association with RTÉ. Anne Cassin presents the series which was devised by RTÉ’s Northern Editor, Tommie Gorman who is also the executive producer.
The adjudicators are Seamus Crimmins, Executive Director, RTÉ Performance Groups, Dr Angela Feeney, Belfast Opera singer and teacher, Brendan O’Connor, Musical Director, Cois Cladaigh Chamber Choir, Galway and Dr Geoffrey Spratt, Director, Cork School of Music and Conductor of the Fleischmann Choir.