Young chorister from Rugby School and RSCM Bath course attendee wins BBC Radio 2 Young Choristers of the Year 2017

Young chorister from Rugby School and RSCM Bath course attendee wins BBC Radio 2 Young Choristers of the Year 2017

Raphael Bellamy Plaice from Lancing College and Ischia Gooda from Rugby School were announced as the winners of BBC Radio 2 Young Chorister of the Year. 

The grand final of the competition took place 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 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.

We are absolutely delighted as Ischia has been a regular attendee of our esteemed Bath Course for the last four years.

David Gooda, Ischia’s proud father told us “Ischia only joined a church choir at all because she enjoyed her first Bath course so much. As a former Haileybury and Canterbury participant myself, I thought she’d probably enjoy it – and so indeed it proved”.

Massive congratulations Ischia – everyone is very proud of you and it has been so lovely being part, all be-it a small part, of your journey, so far.