Young Singers 22
Young Singers of the Year 2022
On Thursday 26 May 2022 our Expressive Arts Faculty hosted our annual Young Singer of the Year event. Entries this year came from Years 7-10, performing a range of styles from Classical and Musical Theatre to Pop. The quality of the 21 finalists was incredibly high, with some phenomenal performances, and judges had a very hard job deciding who to give runner up and winner awards to.
Some of the singers are new to performing and some are more experienced - a number had performed in Matilda the Musical and previous Young Singers and it was lovely to see them again. It was a fantastic opportunity for the younger pupils to watch established Key Stage 4 singers and see the high standard they could, with hard work and determination, be performing at in a few years time.
We welcomed Ms Henson and Mr Clutterbuck to judge this year alongside two former pupils Joanna and Jodie. Jodie won KS4 Young Singer in 2020 so also performed to us her inspiring version of ‘All That Matters’. I think the pupils really appreciated having judges who had been in their shoes as performers a few years ago, and who have gone on to study and excel in performance at college.
Judges commented on the quality of performances this year and every pupil who performed should feel incredibly proud of what they achieved. Every time they perform, their confidence grows and their skill improves.
Key Stage 3 Young Singer of the Year
Winner: Lara in Year 8 Key Stage 3 winner for her lovely rendition of ‘All My Life’.
Runners up: Isabelle, Flo and Lily
Lara: 'I was really nervous before performing but I am so glad I took part. I am very surprised that I won but also really happy because I was not expecting it. I really enjoyed the evening and my favourite performer was Lizzi who sang ‘On My Own’, because she sang it with so much emotion.'
Key Stage 4 Young Singer of the Year
Winner: Bradley in Year 10 for his fantastic performance of ‘You’ll Be Back’ from Hamilton.
Runners ups: Isabel, Sasha and Lizzi.
Bradley: 'I really enjoyed the experience of Young Singer as this was my first time taking part. I had lots of support from Miss Faux who helped me choose the right song and arrangement for my voice. I was extremely surprised to have won. I really enjoyed the evening and my favourite performance was from Isabel with performance of ‘Wishing You Were Somehow Here Again’, it was really impressive.'
Singing Teacher Miss Faux commented: 'It was lovely to be able to welcome and audience back to watch, EA1 was filled with 60 people there to support the performers. The line up of singers in KS4 especially was incredibly strong and I was glad I was not in a judge’s chair having to choose between them! I am proud of all the performers, from some Year 7s and 8s who have never performed to an audience before, but also of the more experienced performers for continuing to push themselves, try new things and become great role models for the younger pupils.'
‘It is always a privilege to be invited to judge our Young Singer Competition and this year was no exception. The pupils had clearly challenged themselves in their song choices and, in their performances, we were definitely transported to concert venues and the West End. The quality of the singing was superb. All pupils sung with passion and expression. There was clear evidence of progression and it was great to see the encouragement and support given to our younger pupils by our more accomplished singers. The standard was exceptionally high. Having the company of two former pupils who are currently studying at Stagedoor Learning as fellow judges alongside myself and Mr Clutterbuck was really useful. While we were able to pick out those who impressed, they were able to advise us regarding technical ability. My congratulations go to everyone who took part and to our Expressive Arts' team. It was a very welcome evening of pure joy!’
Ms Henson, Headteacher