In the run up to Christmas 2020, pupils and teachers in the Bolton, Greater Manchester district were getting ready and rehearsing their submissions for the Bolton Schools’ Song of Hope contest. The public were then invited to decide who wins. The singing competition organised by Bolton Market Place in conjunction with Trust Music brought joy across the region and gave local Bolton schools the chance to win valuable funds to buy musical instruments and to support music projects with a prize of £500 being presented to the winning group’s school. The ‘Bolton Schools’ Song of Hope’ project aimed to offset the lockdown gloom and bring cheer in these difficult times.

With many entrants and outstanding quality performances, it was a lovely way to get into the Christmas spirit and the public got behind the choirs and cast their votes for their favourite songs.

Voting is now closed and your winners are… Rivington and Blackrod High School with their submission of ‘A Thousand Years’. View Rivington and Blackrod High School’s winning submission here.

The runners-up were Mytham Primary School, Dolphin Class, with their submission of Brighter Day Tomorrow, Out of the Ark, who will receive a Christmas hamper from Hotel Chocolat. View Mytham Primary School’s submission here.

Thank you to everyone who participated and entered:

  • Bolton Parish Church School
  • Harper Green High School
  • Kearsley Academy
  • Kearsley West Primary School
  • St Peter’s C.E Primary
  • Thornleigh Salesian College

And thank you to YOU the public for taking the time to vote, we hope that this has brought some much needed cheer and fun, during this difficult year. View all schools’ submissions here.

Thank you to Trust Music for donating the winning prize fund and for encouraging the creation of songs of hope in the Bolton community.

From the Market Place Centre

Happy Seasons Greetings to all. The centre is dressed and open for Christmas with safer parking, safer access and safer shopping 🎄 #lovelocal #safeshopping

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