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Chester school in final of BBC Songs of Praise competition

The Queen's School choir hope to life the trophy in TV show's school choir of the year competition

Girls from The Queen's School Young Voices choir compete in the semi-finals of the Songs of Praise Junior School Choir of the Year

A Chester school choir will compete in the final of a singing competition on national television this weekend.

The Queen’s School is one of six to reach the final of the BBC Songs of Praise School Choir of the Year 2015 competition which will air this Sunday, May 17.

Girls from The Queen's School Young Voices choir prepare to compete in the Songs of Praise Junior School Choir of the Year

They will be up against Ysgol Iau Llangennech from Llanelli and Lindley Junior School Choir from Huddersfield in the junior category and Twyford CE High School choir from London, Hereford Cathedral School Cantabile Girls’ Choir and Strathearn School Chamber Choir from Belfast will compete in the senior category.

The judging panel includes JB Gill, from boy band JLS; vocal coach and opera singer Yvie Burnett from The Voice UK; and Tim Rhys-Evans, the founder of Welsh male voice choirs Only Men Aloud and Only Boys Aloud.

Aled Jones presents the final of the competition from the stage at Nottingham’s Albert Hall and Josie D’Arby interviews the choirs backstage after they have performed.

Girls from The Queen's School Young Voices choir prepare to compete in the Songs of Praise Junior School Choir of the Year

He said: “It is one of the most enjoyable things I do throughout the year and I’m always astounded by the talent on stage. I’m itching to join them in song most of the time. It is such an honour to share the stage with such fabulous young people. They are the performers of the future and what a joy to be there watching them at the start of their journey!”

Headmistress of the Queen’s Lower School Rachel Cookson said: “It was so exciting to make the final of the competition this year. The whole experience has been one that will stay with the children forever and they have enjoyed every moment. It is fantastic to be representing Chester on the national stage in this way.”

The event began in 2003 and attracts hundreds of entries from top school choirs from across the country.

Girls from The Queen's School Young Voices choir prepare to compete in the Songs of Praise Junior School Choir of the Year

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