Winners of Radio 2 Young Chorister of the Year 2012 announced

Date: 04.11.2012     Last updated: 18.03.2014 at 18.02
Category: Radio 2
Two young choristers from Preston and Portsmouth have sung their way to success in the prestigious BBC Radio 2 Young Chorister of the Year 2012 competition.

Louisa Jane Stirland, aged 15, from Preston, and Isaac Waddington, aged 13, from Portsmouth, were named Radio 2's Young Choristers of the Year 2012 in a special programme broadcast tonight on Radio 2.

The grand final of the Radio 2 Young Chorister of the Year Competition was presented by Aled Jones and was held at St Martin-in-the-Fields, Trafalgar Square.

The final featured eight contestants from around the UK who each performed in front of a panel of highly acclaimed judges. They included Suzi Digby, international choir director and renowned promoter of young voices, David Hill, highly respected choral advisor and Chief Conductor of the BBC Singers, Ken Burton, musical arranger and Director of the London Adventist Chorale and singer Mica Paris.

The two winners will each receive a trophy and tuition with a vocal coach. They will also get the opportunity to appear on national radio and television including Radio 2’s Good Morning Sunday and Radio 4’s Daily Service. And BBC One’s Songs Of Praise.

The BBC Radio 2 Young Choristers of the Year 2011 were Ella Rainbird-Earley from Coventry and Richard Decker from Kent. Since gaining their titles Ella and Richard have appeared on a number of broadcasts; for television they include BBC One’s Songs Of Praise and The One Show. In addition to The Daily Service on Radio 4 and Radio 2’s Sunday Half Hour and At the Foot of the Cross, Richard also sang with the Diamond Choir for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations at St Paul’s Cathedral.

Another previous BBC Radio 2 Young Chorister of the Year was Laura Wright. One of 2011’s biggest selling classical artists with an album that reached number one in the classical charts, Laura was selected to record the new Diamond Jubilee song, ‘Stronger As One’, which HM The Queen mentioned in her Commonwealth Day Message.