Chester singer wins Chorister of the Year

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We are thrilled to announce the winner of BBC Radio 2's Young Chorister of the Year is Ischia Gooda from St Peter's Prestbury.

The grand final of the competition took place recently in the BBC Philharmonic Studios in Salford, and was hosted by Songs of Praise presenter Josie d’Arby.

Radio 2 Young Choristers of the Year, now in its 31st year of broadcast, celebrates young talent singing for worship in churches, chapels, cathedrals and beyond. Eight contestants battled it out in the grand final, with youngsters from around the UK performing in front of a panel of expert judges including world renowned soprano and Head of Vocal Studies and Opera at Royal Northern College of Music Professor Lynne Dawson, organist Simon Lole and musician and comedian Vikki Stone.

From the eight finalists, one girl and one boy were selected to win the title BBC Radio 2 Young Chorister of the Year. The two winners each received a trophy and also have the opportunity to take part in a range of radio and television programmes over the year for BBC Religion and Ethics, in addition to wider BBC engagements.