St. Joseph’s Girls Primary School from Tipperary Town won the inaugural School Peace Choir Contest which took place in Tipperary Town.
The event was organised by Tipperary Peace Convention with the aim of promoting and fostering the concept of peace, through music and song, at primary school level.
Four schools participated in the final, which was staged in St. Joseph’s Primary School Hall, and a capacity audience enjoyed great performances from each of the finalists. Each choir performed three songs each, and all songs had a theme of peace.
Twenty-nine choir members made up of girls from 4th, 5th and 6th classes represented St. Joseph’s School, who were under the baton of conductor Helen Colbert.
The songs they performed were: ‘A Little Peace’ which won the Eurovision for Nicole in 1982, ‘Happy Xmas (War is over)’ by John Lennon and ‘I heard the bells on Christmas Day’.
There was great excitement when Martin Quinn announced that St. Joseph’s Choir had won the day, and a beautiful bronze trophy was presented to representatives of the winning school by Martin on behalf of Tipperary Peace Convention.
Previous performances by St. Joseph’s Primary School Choir include an award winning performance in RTE Lyric FM’s Choirs for Christmas competition.
This culminated in their inclusion on the RTE Lyric FM Choirs for Christmas CD which features eight of the top youth choirs in the country recording their favourite festive choral works with the RTÉ Concert Orchestra conducted by David Brophy. The CD is now available and is priced at €9.99.
Tipperary Peace Convention are hoping that this year’s Choir Contest will be the start of a major National School Peace Choir contest and intend to open the competition up to all Primary Schools in the country next year.
The other choirs in the final were: St. John the Baptist Girls School, Cashel, Moycarkey National School and Scoil na Maighne, Moyne.