BOLTON School girls are hoping for victory in The Bolton News Xmas Factor competition with their rendition of the beautiful poem Something Told the Wild Geese.

It is sung by the 75 strong Middle School Choir formed by the girls of years seven, eight and nine who have been busy rehearsing the song for the Ceremony of Carols.

The concert will take place in Great Hall on Tuesday at 7.30pm.

music teacher at Bolton School girls’ division, Vivienne Carter, said she hoped the song would be a Christmas message to all who listen to it.

She told The Bolton News: “We picked the song on account of its haunting melody and beauty of melodic line.

“The unusual words give a clear Christmas message.

“The girls had a lot of fun experiencing a live recording and reaching a wide audience.”

She added: “The people of Bolton can listen and watch 75 girls having fun singing and bringing their Christmas message to all.” Choir members say they hope the people of Bolton will enjoy listening to their performance.

Fourteen-year-old Megan Smethurst, who is in year nine, said she hoped the enjoyment the choir got out of their performance will be obvious to the viewers and listeners.

She said: “I hope people will enjoy listening to the words and message.

“They will see the smiling faces of girls singing and enjoying what they are doing.”

She added: “It was cool being filmed, everyone was a bit nervous and worried if they looked ok but it was great fun.

“In the choir we work really hard throughout the year and love attending rehearsals every week, meeting friends and we especially enjoying singing to the community at Christmas time.

“Winning would be a great reward for all of us.”

Something Told the Wild Geese was written by American poet and children’s author Rachel Field.

It was adapted for music and has been a favourite song for children’s choirs and singing groups.