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Edgware school scoops top prize in national choir competition

A talented group of singers from North London Collegiate School has clinched the top prize in the UK’s largest school choir competition for the second consecutive year.

Last Tuesday, on March 5th, Edgware’s Canons Choir mesmerised audiences at the Grand Final of the renowned Barnardo’s National Choral Competition. Their stellar performance earned them a prestigious slot to showcase their talent at the Royal Albert Hall later this year.

Competing against 21 other choirs at the Birmingham Symphony Hall, Canons Choir emerged victorious in the ‘juniors’ category after impressing the panel of judges, which included esteemed composer and conductor Douglas Coombes MBE. The event was hosted by former Blue Peter presenter Mwaka ‘Mwaksy’ Mudenda.

As one of the two winning schools, Canons Choir is now gearing up to perform at the Barnardo’s Young Supporters Concert alongside the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra later this year.

Chao Cox, Director of Music of Canons Choir, said: “I couldn’t be more thrilled and delighted for our girls. Everyone has worked extremely hard and shown amazing commitment, and it is a privilege to work with such dedicated young ladies. Everyone is at a different stage of their singing journey, but together we create something that is incredibly special, beautiful and magical to listen to.”

Katie Rawlins, Special Events Manager at Barnardo’s, added: “We are so grateful to all the talented choirs who took part in this year’s competition, and would like to extend our warmest congratulations to the brilliant young performers from the North London Collegiate School!

“At Barnardo’s, we are working to address the challenges facing the children, young people and families who need us the most, and money raised from this event will help us to continue providing specialist services across the country.”

To find out more about Barnardo’s and how you could help support children, young people and families, visit barnardos.org.uk.