Scottish Primary School Glee Challenge 2023 - NATIONAL FINAL 18th June 2023
A look back in pictures to this year's amazing Final.
A picture of this year's winners from Falkirk. Over 120 choirs started this journey, over 3800 children participated in 20 events, Sectionals, Regional Finals and the National Final. Wallacestone PS hit all the right notes to be crowned Scottish National Champions. The final was a celebration of the talent and commitment in our schools and the achievement of each child on the stage. Every choir was a winner so let's look at who all was there
Choir 1 - Ashley Road Primary School, Aberdeen
Representing the North East, with choirs from Aberdeen City, Aberdeenshire and Moray, Ashley Road PS were crowned North East Champions on April 28th at the Beach Ballroom, Aberdeen
Choir 2 - California & Shieldhill Primaries, Central
Two small schools California PS and Shieldhill Primary who came together to form a Glee choir. The choir qualified for the Regional Final after winning one of the top scoring choir spots in the sectionals before going on to achieve the title of Central Regional Champions.
Choir 3 - Denholm Primary School, Hawick
Qualifying for the National Final for the second time in a row Denholm Primary also had the longest journey to the Caird Hall. The National Final was the choirs first time on a stage. They qualified via the video route which had been created for those schools unable to travel to any of the sectionals. It's quite a leap from the small school library to one of the biggest fixed stages in Scotland which they handled well. They also went home with the title Scottish Borders Glee Champions
THE CROWD AND OUR HOSTS
Our hosts Ali Mclaren and Rachel Weir making their way through the 1200 strong crowd. Note the 'lighty' up shoes. By the way over 6000 people tuned into our livestream at some point.
Choir 4 - Our Lady and St Francis PS (Motherwell) 1st Runner Up
Our Lady and St Francis had the longest wait, just over 3 months, from their qualifier at Motherwell Town Hall back in early March to the National Final. Winners of the Lanarkshire Glee Challenge champions OLSF turned in an amazing performance to achieve the 1st runner up slot and walk away with music vouchers worth £250 and a free subscription, courtesy of Charanga, to their music learning teaching platform.
Choir 5 - St Ninians Primary School Dundee
Performing on their own turf this was the third time St Ninians had been on the Caird Hall stage. They won their Sectional in late February and were crowned Tayside Regional Glee Champions in April.
Choir 6 - St Ninians Primary School, Edinburgh
Having two St Ninians was always going to confuse but we did not too badly. This group had a slightly different journey, qualifying through a winning performance at a Fife Sectional held in the Alhambra Theatre, Dunfermline and then as one of the top scoring choirs at the Edinburgh Regional Final in Central Halls less the than 4 weeks ago.
Our Hosts - Again
This time a front view but now in their finest - note no flashing shoes
Choir 7 - St Mary's (Edin), Edinburgh Second Runner Up
One of the very few choirs who had won both their Sectional and their Regional Final. St Mary's were crowned Edinburgh and Lothians Champions a few short weeks before the National Final. They put on another amazing performance to be awarded 2nd runner up and receive £150 in music vouchers and free Charanga membership
Choir 8 - Tulliallan Primary School
Tulliallan PS qualified as one of the top scoring choirs in the Fife Sectionals to reach their Regional Final. They put in a storming performance to win their Regional Final and be crowned Fife Champions.
Choir 9 - Tulloch Primary School, Perth
Perth and Kinross schools performed in a number of regions and Tulloch PS had to wait some time until all their rival P&K schools had performed to see if they would win the Perth and Kinross crown. Which they duly did.
Choir 10 - Wallacestone Primary School, Falkirk
Wallacestone PS qualified for their sectional as a joint heat winner and then made the National Final as one of the top scoring choirs. We're not sure if they were expecting this. WELL DONE! As Scottish National Champions Wallacestone PS also received £350 in music vouchers and free Charanga
Just the Brave
Just as everybody thought it couldn't been any livelier we put these guys on
So that's Glee 2023 done see you next time
All photographs by Steve Gunn (shotbyagunn photography)