In March 2015, eight schools took to the stage at the Queen Elizabeth Hall on London’s Southbank to compete in the final of the inaugural GDST Young Choir of the Year. To reach the final, each GDST school was invited to enter the competition by submitting to a panel of expert judges a film of their choir performing. Originally, there were only six places available in the final, but due to the exceptional standard of the entries received, the judges selected two additional choirs to go through.
The eight schools competing for the title were:
- Bromley High Junior School
- Kensington Prep School
- Putney High Junior School
- Brighton & Hove High Junior School
- Oxford High Junior School
- Newcastle High School for Girls
- South Hampstead High Junior School
- Wimbledon High Junior School
Two songs were performed by each school.
An acclaimed panel of judges – British soprano Elizabeth Llewellyn (an alumna of Streatham & Clapham High School) and composers Lin Marsh and Sheila Wilson – were effusive in their praise of all the competing choirs.
After considerable deliberation, South Hampstead High Junior School choir were crowned winners of the competition for their performances of ‘Feed the Birds’ and ‘The Rhythm of Life’.