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Amelia reaches Young Chorister of the Year final

Year 12 pupil, Amelia (C), has been successfully shortlisted into the final of BBC Radio 2’s Young Chorister of the Year. Amelia, and the 7 other successful finalists, will now sing for a panel of expert judges at MediaCityUK, Salford, next month. 

The winners, a boy and a girl, will receive a trophy and may be offered opportunities to appear on BBC Radio and Television programmes throughout the year, including Songs of Praise. Sharing their gift with the nation they will have the opportunity to work with top musicians. 

The Royal School of Church Music (RSCM) organised the first UK competition for Choirboy of the Year in 1975. The competition was open only to boy choristers up until 1986 when the BBC first organized an additional separate competition for girl choristers. In 1998, BBC Radio 2 began hosting the combined boys’ and girls’ competition, with the format remaining the same up to the present day. 

As you can imagine, Amelia was delighted when the news was confirmed to her that she had made the final.  
I am so pleased to have been selected for the Final of the BBC Radio 2 young Chorister of the Year. I’m thrilled and it will definitely be a great experience.” Said Amelia. As well as the expected nerves ahead of such a big performance, Amelia is also equally excited ahead of her trip to Salford.  
I am looking forward to just being able to perform and enjoy a day with other young musicians.” Amelia said. 
Amelia also paid tribute to the Chapel Choir here at Sedbergh School, led by Mr Seymour (Head of Choral Music), which she is a key member of. 
Singing in the Chapel Choir at Sedbergh has helped me a lot.  My friends and teachers at Sedbergh have all been very supportive.” 

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