After tLCS1wo months of entries, shortlists and performances, ‘The Last Choir Singing’ Song Writing Competition, has a winner!

‘Genius’ by Ikevald Rannap, will be performed by the school choirs who make it to the Last Choir Singing County Final, at King George’s Hall in Blackburn, on 17 June.

Judges including Steve Balsamo (prolific singer/songwriter); Chris Eaton (songwriter including Cliff Richard’s ‘Saviour’s Day’); and Ben Rapp (Regional Manager for Lancashire Music Service) whittled down a total of twenty-eight songs to six. These were then performed in front of a live audience by Duncan Heather on 24 February on BBC Radio Lancashire’s John Gillmore Show.

After eight days of public voting, a winner was announced by True Bearing Chairman, George Critchley, live on air on 4 March.

The song writing contest is a new addition to the Last Choir Singing Choir Competition, which was launched last year by True Bearing Chartered Financial Planners. The competition is a great opportunity for junior school children throughout the region to showcase their skills in a supportive and fun environment. Last year’s competition was a huge success with around 1,500 children taking part in 45 choirs, which proved that music education is thriving in Lancashire.

In addition to the song being performed at the Final on Friday 17th June, Ikevald Rannap will be able to have his own EP (4 songs) professionally recorded in a studio, or a cash prize of £250.

Project Manager, Anita Shaw, said, “It has been an incredible opportunity for anyone with musical ambitions. We were delighted to add an extra element to the Choir Competition and were amazed by the response. Congratulations to Ikevald! We wish him all the best with his future musical ambitions and do hope he can join us on 17 June to hear the choirs sing ‘Genius’.”