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Radio 2 Young Choristers of the Year 2009

Jacquelyne Hill and Laurence Kilsby - Radio 2 Young Choristers of the Year 2009

Jacquelyne Hill and Laurence Kilsby have been named the Radio 2 Young Choristers Of The Year 2009.

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Find out about the 2010 competition

  • Aled Jones hosted the final of the competition, where four boys and four girls each sang two verses of a hymn and an anthem in front of an audience at St Paul's Cathedral in London.

    Lindsay Gray, Director of the Royal School of Church Music, chaired the panel of judges, which included singer Barbara Dickson, singer and vocal coach Carrie Grant and composer Karl Jenkins.

    The evening also featured a special performance by Only Men Aloud, last year's winners of BBC One's Last Choir Standing.

    The eight finalists were:
    Eleonore Cockerham - St John the Baptist, Knaresborough
    Jacquelyne Hill - St Andrews, West Sussex
    Olivia Hunt - Chester Cathedral
    Lucy Taylor - Winchester Cathedral

    Callum Chamberlain - Radley College Chapel Choir, Oxfordshire
    William Docherty - Winchester College
    Toby Hession - Peterborough Cathedral
    Laurence Kilsby - Tewkesbury Abbey

    Each of the winners received a trophy and the choice of lessons with one of the UK's leading singing coaches. They will also get the opportunity to appear on national radio and TV including Radio 2's Good Morning Sunday and Radio 4's Daily Service.

    This annual competition, now in its 24th year, was open to choristers between the ages of 11 and 17 who sing regularly in a choir or music group, at services of worship of any denomination.

    The final took place on Friday 23 October and was broadcast on Radio 2 on Sunday 1 November.

    Find out about the BBC's Sing Hallelujah event and how you can take part

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