Sheffield High Sixth Form student Vanessa Frampton is off to the BBC Chorister of the Year finals during her half term break from hundreds of entrants across the country.
Vanessa is currently in Y12 and she is a chorister at Sheffield Cathedral, where she has already enjoyed regular opportunities to broadcast on the radio with the choir and also to tour abroad. She studies singing with Dr Vivien Pike, one of the many visiting peripatetic teachers at Sheffield High School. Dr Pike taught Lesley Garrett and set her on her way on her singing career and hopefully Vanessa will now follow in her footsteps.
Many famous singers started out their careers as young choristers: Charlotte Church, Catherine Jenkins and Aled Jones to name but a few. Should Vanessa win this competition she will enjoy a busy programme of engagements with the BBC over the coming year on radio and television.
“I have been singing in the Sheffield Cathedral Choir for nearly four years now and my singing teacher Dr Pike suggested that I entered the BBC Chorister of the Year competition 2012. Before the summer holidays I sent off a recording to the BBC of me singing a hymn and a sacred song of my choice. I didn't think I had much of a chance of being selected. But after the holidays I received a phone call from the BBC saying I had made it through to the final; it was unbelievable! On October the 29th I will be going to St Martin in the Fields Cathedral in London for the final. I will be singing 'Angels ever bright and fair' by Handel and 'Be still for the presence of the Lord' by Evans and will be competing against three other girls in the final,” said Vanessa, “I am both very nervous and excited but I have the support of my friends and family who will be there on the night.”
Vanessa was selected from hundreds of entrants to appear in the final of BBC Chorister of the Year 2012 at St Martin's in the Field church, London, on 29th October. The programme will be recorded and broadcast on Radio 2 on Sunday 4th November.