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The search is on to find Northern Ireland’s top junior, senior and SEN (Special Educational Needs) school choirs and St Patrick's Primary School, Hilltown will be on air this Sunday in Belfast. 
 
Following on from the success of previous years, more than 50 choirs from across Northern Ireland will be singing to impress as they battle it out for a place in the final of BBC Northern Ireland School Choir Of The Year 2020.
 
Presented by Kerry McLean and Ande Gray, the first programme begins on Sunday 8 March on BBC Radio Ulster at 2pm, culminating in a final in the Guildhall, Londonderry in April, which will be recorded for both radio and BBC NI television.
 

The first programme features 11 choirs but only the best two choirs will be lucky enough to progress to the semi-finals.

The Drama Theatre in Stranmillis University College, Belfast hears the choral sounds of St Patrick's, Hilltown as well as Moira Primary School, Belfast's John Paul II Primary School, Cliftonville Integrated Primary School, and St.Patrick’s Primary School from Hilltown, St Mary's Primary School Derrymore and Holy Rosary Primary School in Belfast. 
 
Omagh's Strule Arts Centre also plays host to choirs from St Lawrence's Primary School in Fintona, Model Primary School in Derry, St.Mary's Primary School from Dunamore, Magherafelt's Holy Family Primary School and Gaelscoil Eoghain from Cookstown.
 
They will be performing for judges Richard Yarr, Senior Classical Music Producer with BBC Northern Ireland; Ciaran Scullion, Head of Music with Arts Council of Northern Ireland; Lynsey Callaghan, Conductor of the Dublin Youth Choir, and Londonderry-born Tenor George Hutton.
 
It is hoped that the winning choirs will feature across a range of programming and events during this year.
 
If you miss the programme, you can catch it again via BBC Sounds.
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