Young singers in Chester are back in the running for a top TV trophy for the third time.

The Queen’s Lower School Young Voices Choir has made it through to the semi-finals of the BBC Songs of Praise Junior School Choir of the Year Competition.

In 2014 the choir made it to the televised semi-finals and last year got as far as the finals where they were judged to be in the top three and the best independent junior school choir in the country.

This year the girls have made it to the semi-finals again under the expert tuition of head of music Margaret Corlett.

Choir members are now preparing for the filming which will take place in Sheffield in February with the programme airing later in the year.

'Immensely proud'

The Young Voices Choir is made up of girls in Years 5 and 6 at the Lower School, and changes annually.

Head of the Lower School Rachel Cookson said: “We are immensely proud of this achievement.

“To have done this once was excellent but three times proves that we are doing something very special with our music teaching here at the Lower School.

“I would like to congratulate Mrs Corlett and the girls and wish them luck as they prepare for the competition ahead. It is certainly a very exciting time for us!”