The St Anne Trust Belfast Primary Schools Choir of the Year Competition 2018 got underway on Tuesday May 15 with some wonderful singing from two special schools.

Jordanstown School and Harberton Special School really set the bar high when, after a morning of energetic workshops, their choirs each performed two songs.

The workshops were led by Laura, Helena with Gail on the piano and as our PHOTO GALLERY shows, were thoroughly enjoyed by all.

Jordanstown School sang My Lighthouse by Rend Collective and My Aunty Came Home by Sally Allen. Conductor was Babs McGuiggan and accompanist was Sam Murray. The children also used sign language to convey the lyrics. What a great performance!

Harberton Special School, conducted by Rachael Briggs, sang One, Two, Three, Jesus is Alive by Yancy Music and Bad Times Won’t Last, by Fischy Music. A great, energetic performance all round.

The children and their teachers were welcomed by the Dean of Belfast, the Very Rev Stephen Forde, and congratulated on their performances by Mr Joseph Watson, chair of the St Anne Trust.

The Trust was established in 2016 to advance education and promote arts, culture and heritage by promoting good relations with and between young people and their families.

On Wednesday May 16 the competition continues with 11 primary schools taking part. Adjudicator Dr Joe McKee will be tasked with assessing their performances.

Everyone is welcome to come and listen to the competition which gets underway at 10am.