A local school choir have secured a coveted place in the national final of a prestigious choir competition.
The choir from Moate Community School are through to the grand final of the All-Island School Choir Competition, which will be shown live on RTÉ on Sunday November 16.
The students sailed through the regional heat of the competition last week to become the second choir to make it to the final. Wesley College, Ballinteer, Dublin are already through to the final.
Moate Community School’s choir saw off competition from Convent of Mercy, Roscommon; St Joseph’s Secondary School, Castlebar; St. Brigid’s Convent of Mercy, Tuam; and St Mary’s Secondary School, Ballina in the regional heat which took place in the College Chapel in Maynooth University.
The choir regularly performs at competitions, school and charity events, and various community occasions. This year the choir’s achievements include first place and best overall choir at the Kiltimagh Choral Festival.
The grand final takes place in Titanic Belfast on Sunday November 16 and will be screened live by RTÉ. In the meantime, viewers can catch the Northern Regional Final this Sunday November 2 on RTÉ One at 5.10pm.
The competition is organised by RTÉ in association with Co-operation Ireland. Over 400 choirs applied for the competition, which is now in its sixth year, and each of the regional heats has five finalists.
To catch the Moate choir in action in the regional heat, see www.rte.ie/player