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 Boy Sopranos - Young Chorister of the Year


The Young Chorister of the Year competitions, currently sponsored by BBC Radio 2 , usually take place at the end of October each year. (Applications to compete are available in May-June.) Previous competitions have been sponsored by BET International, Rediffusion and the Royal School of Church Music. The winners are listed below in bold letters with the other finalists underneath.

  2011  BBC Radio 2 Young Chorister of the Year - BBC Event Article

Richard Decker (The Queen's Chapel of the Savoy)
Laurence Stannard (Coventry Cathedral)
Peter Waters (Winchester College)
Donal McCann (St Peter's Cathedral, Belfast)


Richard Decker (13) and Ella Rainbird-Earley (14) Photo © BBC

Ella Rainbird-Earley (Coventry Cathedral)
Helen Lacey (St Mary's Church, Lamberhurst, Kent)
Katie May Allen (Christ Church, Southgate)
Alexis Cooling (Wakefield Cathedral)


  2010  BBC Radio 2 Young Chorister of the Year - BBC Event Article

Liam Jones (Chapel Choir, Durham School)
Oliver Valentini (Brentwood Cathedral)
Tom Willock (Ripon Cathedral)
Jacob Thorn (St Helen's Parish Church, Abingdon)


Liam Jones (13) and Ella Taylor (16) Photo © BBC

Ella Taylor (Chapel of Lancing College, Sussex)
Ellen Arkwright (Marlborough College Chapel)
Jessica Holgate (St Olave's Church, York)
Erin Hughes (Dean Close School Chapel)


  2009  BBC Radio 2 Young Chorister of the Year - BBC Winners Article
Laurence Kilsby (Tewkesbury Abbey)
Callum Chamberlain (Radley College Chapel Choir, Oxfordshire)
William Docherty (Winchester College)
Toby Hession (Peterborough Cathedral)

Laurence Kilsby (11) and Jacquelyne Hill (17) with host Aled Jones. Photo © BBC
Jacquelyne Hill (St Andrews, West Sussex)
Eleonore Cockerham (St John the Baptist, Knaresborough)
Olivia Hunt (Chester Cathedral)
Lucy Taylor (Winchester Cathedral)

  2008  BBC Radio 2 Young Chorister of the Year - BBC Winners Article
Harry Bradford (Chapel Royal, St James's Palace)
Charlie McNelly (Temple Church, London)
James Orrell (Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral)
David Paynes (St Robert's Church, Pannal)

Alice Halstead (14) and Harry Bradford (12) with host Charles Hazlewood. Photo © BBC
Alice Halstead (Parish Church of St. Alphege, Solihull)
Olivia Castle (Framlingham College Chapel, Suffolk)
Anwen Hughes (St Asaph Cathedral, Denbighshire)
Jessica Smith (All Saints' Church, Northampton)

  2007  BBC Radio 2 Young Chorister of the Year - BBC Winners Article and Rebroadcast
Joel Whitewood (Canterbury Cathedral) 12
Oliver Gay (Tewkesbury Abbey) 12
Tom Lilburn (St Alphege Church, Solihull) 13
Hugo Sever (Winchester College) 12


Charlotte Louise McKechnie(15) and Joel Whitewood (12) with host Aled Jones. Photo © BBC
Charlotte Louise McKechnie (Giffnock South Church) 15
Rachel Auld (Holy Saviour Church, Hitchin) 16
Elizabeth Crawford (Worcester Cathedral) 16
Hannah-Leigh Hopper (Holy Trinity Church, Hull) 13

  2006  BBC Radio 2 Young Chorister of the Year - BBC Winners article
William Dutton (St Mark's, Harrogate) 11
Andrew Swait (Cheltenham College) 12
Sam Hall (Rochester Cathedral) 12
Ross Easton (Winchester College) 12

William Dutton (12) and Emma Whiteley (15). Photo © BBC
Emma Whiteley (Harrogate Ladies College) 15
Margaret Walker (St. Mary's Glasgow) 16
Johanna Harrison (All Saints) 13
Lexie Stobie (All Saints Worcester) 16

  2005  BBC Radio 2 Young Chorister of the Year - BBC Winners Article 1 - 2
Sam Adams-Nye (Bristol Cathedral) 13
Oliver Jones (Jesus College, Cambridge) 11
John Hewitt-Jones (Dulwich College) 13
Michael Doolan (St Alphage, Solihull) 14 'first reserve'


Laura Wright
(15) and Sam Adams-Nye (13). Photo © BBC

Laura Wright (Framlingham)
Olivia Clarke (St. Paul's Church, Mill Hill)
Alexandra Malam (St Margarets, Buxted)


  2004  BBC Radio 2 Young Chorister of the Year - BBC Winners Article
Thomas Jesty (Winchester Quiristers)
Alex Thompson (St Marys Church London)
Joseph Judge (St James the Greater, Leicester)
William Drakett (Bristol Cathedral)

Rose Setten (16) and Thomas Jesty (13). Photo © BBC
Rose Setten (All Saints Church, Werthing)
Charity Mapletoft (York Minster)
Emily Dickens (Winchester)
Christina Johnston (Suffolk) -article

  2003  BBC Radio 2 Young Chorister of the Year - BBC Winners Article - Winchester Release
Harry Sever (Buckinghamshire /Winchester College)
Ben Jones (Yetminster in Dorset)
Alexander Thompson (Longdon near Upton-Upon-Severn)
Kieran White (Sherborne)

Marie Macklin and Harry Sever. Photo © BBC
Marie Macklin (Wells Cathedral)
Sarah Kelly (Stanley in County Durham)
Laura Fursland (Shipley in West Yorkshire)
Rebecca Muhley (St Albans)

  2002  BBC Radio 2 Young Chorister of the Year - BBC Winners Article
James Eager (Llysworney in the Vale of Glamorgan)
Thomas Morley (Leicester)
Kieran White (Wells)
Tristan Russell (Louth, St. James Church)

Lucy Rhodes and James Eager with host Aled Jones. Photo © BBC
Lucy Rhodes (St. Peter's Church, Harrogate) - bio - article
Gwendolen Elias (Bexhill-on-Sea) - article
Sarah Kelly (County Durham)
Alison Sawers (Great Malvern)

  2001 BBC Radio 2 Young Chorister of the Year
Nicholas Stenning (Winchester College)
Jack Soars (St James the Greater, Leicester)
Thomas Morley (St James the Greater, Leicester)
Daniel Patchett (Louth, St. James Church)
Alicia King (Norwich Cathedral, Norfolk)
Lucy Rhodes (St. Peter's Church, Harrogate) - article
Rachel Abbott
Anya Williment

  2000 BBC Radio 2 Young Chorister of the Year
Nicholas Brown (Carlisle Cathedral)
Robert-Karlsson-Burke (Wells Cathedral)
Matthew Nicholls (Wells Cathedral)
Ben Davies (St. Peter's in St. Alban's)

Emily Gray (St. Peter's Church, Harrogate) - bio - CD
Alicia King (Norwich Cathedral)
Suzanna Gray (Llandaff Cathedral)
Susie Mercer (Sheffield Cathedral)

  1999 BBC Radio 2 Young Chorister of the Year
David Wigram (St. Albans, Herts)
Jack Soars (St James the Greater, Leicester)
Nicholas Brown (Carlisle Cathedral)
Robert-Karlsson-Burke (Wells Cathedral)
Michelle Grogan (St. Mary of the Isle, Isle of Man)
Emily Gray (St. Peter's Church, Harrogate)
Suzanna Gray (Llandaff Cathedral)
Felicity Hayward (St Mary's Church, Garforth) - bio

  1998 BBC Radio 2 Young Chorister of the Year (First year that all the boys and girls competitions are combined)
James Fox (St. Mary's Warwick)
Graham Ross (Farnham, Surrey)
James Cripps (Winchester College)
Edward Hartwell Jones (Chester Cathedral)
Eloise Irving (West Sussex)
Emily Gray (St. Peter's Church, Harrogate)
Suzanna Gray (Cardiff)

  1997 Guildford Philharmonic Choirboy and Choirgirl of the Year  - Details
Graham Ross, 12 (Farnham, Surrey)
Joss Paddick, 10 (Weybridge, Surrey)
Laurence Bartlam, 11 (Shoreham by Sea, W. Sussex)
Catherine Bosher (Bromley, Kent)
Jennifer Hay (Ashtead, Surrey)
Becky Grosvenor Taylor (Oxshott, Surrey)
    1997 BBC Choirgirl of the Year 
  Cheryl Ann Taylor (Truro, Cornwall)

  1996 Choirboy of the Year    1996 BBC Radio 2 Choirgirl of the Year 
? Helen Massey (Cheshire)

  1995 Choirboy of the Year    1995 BBC Choirgirl of the Year 
? Tabitha Watling (Kent)

  1994 Choirboy of the Year    1994 BBC Choirgirl of the Year 
? Fiona Wight (Kent) - Website

  1993 Choirboy of the Year   1993 BBC Choirgirl of the Year
? Emma Trow (Lanchester, Durham)
Helen Court
Emma Morwood

  1992 RSCM/Kestrel Communications Choirboy and Choirgirl of the Year
Gavin Moralee (Dulwich) Fiona Wight (Maidstone) - Website
    1992 BBC Choirgirl of the Year 
  Susan Moon (Crowthorne, Berkshire)

  1991 BET Choirboy and Choirgirl of the Year 
Oliver Sammons (All Saints Gresford Clwyd)
David Hamilton (Skipton Parish Church)
Tom Lowe (second place, possibly 1991). Article - Wikipedia
Joanne Lunn (Leicestershire) - CD - Bio
    1991 BBC Choirgirl of the Year 
  Michelle Godfrey (SS Michael and All Angels Bramhall)

  1990 BET Choirboy and Choirgirl of the Year  
Duncan Watts (St Thomas on the Bourne)
Duncan Watts and Paula Bishop. Photo © BET
Paula Bishop


  1990 BBC Choirgirl of the Year 
Susan Gray (Scotland)

  1989 BET Choirboy and Choirgirl of the Year 
Edward Snow (Hexham Abbey, Northumberland)
Edward Snow and Rhiannon Williams. Photo © BET
Rhiannon Williams


  1989 BBC Choirgirl of the Year 
Ruth Fortey (Sutton Coldfield)

  1988 BET Choirboy of the Year    1988 BBC Choirgirl of the Year 
Andrew Quartermain (St Mary le Tower, Ipswich)
Keith Lines (St. Mary's, Wroxham in Norfolk)
Sarah Ryan (Lichfield)- article

  1987 BET Choirboy of the Year   1987 BBC Choirgirl of the Year 
Adrian Phillips (St Matthew's, Northampton)
Ellis Cooper (St James, Trowbridge Wiltshire)
Sam Barratt (Bristol Cathedral School)
Sarah Cox (Lancashire)

  1986 BET Choirboy of the Year    1986 BBC 1st Choirgirl of the Year 
1. Daniel Ludford-Thomas (St. Matthew's, Northampton)
2. Anthony Liddell (Radley College Chapel)
3. Robert Byatt (St. Andrew's Coulsdon)
Victoria McLaughlin (Northern Ireland) - bio

  1985
1. Jonathan Cunliffe (St. Helen's, Waddington)
2. Paul Stevens (St. Edmund's Riddlesdown)
3. Gareth Markes (Preston Parish Church)

  1985 Britains Toys Young Cathedral Chorister of the Year
1. Jeremy Unwin (Westminster Cathedral)
2. Julian Gibson (Winchester College Quirister)
3. Andrew Gardner (Lichfield Cathedral)

  1984 Rediffusion Choirboy of the Year
1. David Pickering (St. Edmund's, Roundhay, Leeds)
2. Christopher Bruce (Newcastle Cathedral)
3. Keith Holah (Bridlington Priory)

  1983 Rediffusion Choirboy of the Year
1. David Clegg (Romsey Abbey)
2. Laurence Pittenger (St. David's, Baltimore)
3. Oliver Dracup (St. Mary and All Saint's bexley)

  1982 Rediffusion Choirboy of the Year
1. Robert Saunders (St. John's, Ranmoor)
2. Paul Clay (St. Edward the Confessor, Romford)
3. Vincent Penfold (St. Philip's, Norbury)

  1981 Rediffusion Choirboy of the Year
1. Andrew Hopkins (St. Philip's, Norbury)
2. David Morris (Sacred Heart, Middlesborough)
3. Kevin Beck (St. Woolos, Newport)

  1980 Rediffusion Choirboy of the Year
1. Timothy Attree (Christ Church, Bexleyheath)
2. Steven Gunter (St. Mary's, Cheshunt)
3. Barry Bladen (St. James, New Malden)

  1979 Rediffusion Choirboy of the Year
1. Simon Minns (Bath Abbey)
2. David Hunt (St. Paul's, Crofton)
3. Richard Cooke (St. George, Stockport)

  1978 Rediffusion Choirboy of the Year
1. Simon Carney (St. Peter, Stockton-on-Tees)
2. Stephen Cooper (St. Mary-le-Tower, Ipswich)
3. Paul Orchard (St. Mary's Beddington)

  1977 Rediffusion Choirboy of the Year
1. Andrew March (Tunbridge Wells)
2. Angus Day (St. John's Greenock)
3. Philip Hollows (St. Peter's, Ruddington)

  1976 Rediffusion Choirboy of the Year
1. Stephen Drummond (Holy Trinity, Cookridge, Leeds)
2. Angus Day (St. John's, Greenock)
3. Jonathan King (St. Philip's Norbury)

  1975 Rediffusion Choirboy of the Year
1. Matthew Billsborough (All Saints, High Wycombe)
2. Iain Simcock (St. Alphege, Solihull)
3. Martin Ford (St. James, New Malden)

Special thanks to the BBC and RSCM for assisting with this list.

Not sure of the dates for these competitors:
Paul Bradley ? (Wells)
David Robert T. Jones recalls being a finalist for Rediffusion Choirboy of the Year somewhere between 1980-1983

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