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BBC Young Chorister Of The Year

Are you a singer aged 10-16 who loves to sing sacred music either by yourself or as part of a choir? Are you a member of a church or cathedral choir? Do you lead worship at your church, sing at school or in a gospel or show choir?

If so, the BBC is holding a competition to find the best young singers in the country, and you could be one of them!

For the second year running Songs of Praise and Radio 2 are joining together to celebrate the contribution made by young people to choirs and music groups across the UK and find the BBC Young Chorister of the Year 2021.

We’ve made it straightforward to enter - you can record your entry at home and submit it to the BBC using an online application form.

How To Enter

  • Make a simple video recording of you performing two pieces of music on your phone, tablet, laptop or camera. Remember to film in landscape. Here’s a guide to recording your entry
  • Ask a parent or guardian to fill in the online application form
  • Upload your two videos and submit your entry

What can I sing?

  • You’ll need to film yourself singing two pieces of music - each under three minutes long.
  • One MUST be a Christmas carol or song. The other can be a sacred song in any musical style, for example a hymn, a spiritual or inspirational song, anthem, aria, gospel or worship song.
  • You can sing accompanied or unaccompanied, but you must comply with the social distancing regulations at the time of recording. As an alternative to being in the same room you might ask a teacher or musical friend to play your songs on a piano and send you a digital recording.
  • If you prefer, you can sing to one (or more) of our backing tracks, but they are optional and you don’t have to use them.

What happens next?

From all the entries we receive, 5 boys and 5 girls will be chosen to sing at the televised semi-finals in front of a panel of judges. Then 3 boys and 3 girls will be chosen by the judges to sing again in the final. One singer will be crowned BBC Young Chorister Of The Year 2021 and a second singer will be the Highly Commended Runner-Up.

The Prize

In addition to the title of BBC Young Chorister Of The Year 2021 and a trophy, the winner will appear on Songs of Praise and take part in BBC Radio recordings. There may also be opportunities for the winner’s choir or music group to be broadcast on BBC Radio and a chance to experience a recording session with the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra. The Highly Commended Runner-Up will receive a trophy and will appear on BBC radio.

All applications must be received by midnight on Monday 14th June 2021. Please apply in good time for your entry to upload to the site as we are not able to accept late entries.

Any questions or problems - please e-mail: sopcompetitions@avantimedia.tv

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