Drumgreenagh’s Got Talent!

Wednesday, 3 May 2017

Drumgreenagh’s Got Talent! thumbnail Choir director, Patricia McCaughey applauds her remarkable choir as they are given the nod by Britain’s Got Talent’s four judges!

MESSAGES of congratulations were still flooding in yesterday (Monday) for St Patrick's Primary School, Drumgreenagh after their spellbinding performance on Britain's Got Talent.

The latest auditions for the ITV show saw the 39-strong local choir, made up of 31 girls and eight boys, take to the stage with their rendition of the Keane hit 'Somewhere Only We Know'.

Their performance surpassed all expectations and touched the hearts of the nation as they received a standing ovation from the audience and judges Simon Cowell, Amanda Holden, David Walliams and Alesha Dixon.

Under the guidance of choir conductor, Mrs Patricia McCaughey, the pupils excitedly spoke to the cameras as they explained how they had travelled over on the morning of their audition to the Lowry Theatre in Manchester.

One pupil said that everyone in the local area knew that they were going on Britain's Got Talent and they were often stopped by people in shopping centres to wish them well.

Another pupil said they were "very excited" to see hosts Ant and Dec and they wanted to impress everyone in the audience and make Northern Ireland proud.

"If I met the Queen I would ask her: 'What's the craic?'" one pupil quipped to the cameras.

The breathtaking performance started with a solo rendition of the song from a handful of the pupils and it didn't take the audience long to give the choir an encouraging round of applause.

David Walliams was full of smiles for the young singers and Amanda Holden was full of emotion as Simon Cowell just smiled encouragingly at the local choir.

After the pupils took a bow at the end of their performance, David said they were "incredible" while Alesha Dixon added: "Everyone sang with so much passion and I was so emotional." Head judge Simon, notorious for his harsh criticism said: "Loved it, loved it, loved it! And you are all having a great time and that is the most important thing." Amanda continued: "You have all worked so hard and it really showed." The children received four 'yeses' fro m the judges, which will see them through to the next stage of the nationwide competition.

Speaking to a Sunday newspaper, Mrs McCaughey revealed the choir is preparing for another performance in case they are one of the estimated 45 acts selected to progress into the live show heats next month.

Mrs McCaughey added: "If we do, the children will do something that will allow them to display all of their beautiful voices and to harmonise as well and let their personalities shine." Speaking about Saturday night's performance, the talented choir conductor said: "When I turned around and saw that the judges were standing up and then heard their comments, it was just unbelievable. It is the stuff that dreams are made of." Meanwhile, the school's Twitter account was continuing to receive messages of congratulations from people wishing them well, including one from X Factor winner Sam Bailey who said the performance "gave me chills".

The singing sensations have also enjoyed musical success before as they were named Northern Ireland's top junior school choir in the final of the BBC Radio Ulster School Choir Of The Year in 2016.

They have also performed at events including a Battle of the Somme commemoration in Manchester and Rathfriland's Christmas light switch-on!


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