Vale School Crowned Junior Choir of the Year


Published 12 May 2014


Ysgol Iolo Morgannwg has won the BBC Songs of Praise Junior School Choir of the Year 2014 Competition, seeing off over 100 other school choirs.


The 36-strong choir, made up of pupils aged between 7 and 11 chorused their way through the semi-finals in Birmingham with a brilliant performance of ‘Can Hosanna’.


Led by Choir Director Mrs. Eleri Roberts and accompanied by Mrs. Deb Lewis, they were then chosen as one of three schools to go forward into a closely-fought final, along with fellow Welsh entrants Llangennech Junior School from Carmarthen.


But their rendition of ‘Cydiwn Ddwylo’ saw them crowned Junior School Choir of the Year. It is the first time a school has won the competition singing a Welsh song.


Producer Matthew Napier said: “Ysgol Iolo Morganwg sang with such enthusiasm and passion in both the semi-final and the final.  When you meet their inspirational music teacher, Eleri Roberts, you realise why!”


Head Teacher Mrs. Rhian Williams said: “The children worked very hard preparing for the competition and we are all extremely proud of their achievement.  The opportunity to perform their chosen songs in Welsh, at such a large venue, in front of cameras and a distinguished panel of judges was such a wonderful experience for the pupils. Their enthusiasm and enjoyment was apparent, not only in their performance but throughout the competition day.”


Commenting on the achievement Cllr Chris Elmore, Cabinet Member for Children’s Services, said: “I am delighted for the pupils and for Ysgol Iolo Morgannwg as a whole. The choir’s achievement is a credit to the school and to the work of Mrs Roberts.


I thought their performance was pitch perfect and I hope the choir’s success inspires other children and young people in the Vale to get involved in musical activities.”