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Alice from St Alphege is top chorister

MANY girls her age might have spent Friday in front of the TV or maybe doing something for Halloween.

Alice halstead

MANY girls her age might have spent Friday in front of the TV or maybe doing something for Halloween. But Solihull's own Alice Halstead rounded off half term with a solo performance in front of 1500 people.

At the weekend, the 14-year-old singer was named as the winner of a national competition. Her performance inside a packed St Paul's wowed the judges and now the teenager has been crowned Radio 2's Young Chorister of the Year.

Alice said: "Just to reach the final was amazing. The experience of singing solo in that massive cathedral in front of so many people was awesome."

Since an early age, the choir girl has adored music. She has been a member of the Birmingham Junior Conservatoire since the tender age of seven and is also involved with the Symphony Orchestra, a cello quartet and Chamber Choir.

She also sings in the all-girl choir at St Alphege Church. During the past 30-years the church has seen a number of its choir boys reach the final stage of the contest, but Alice is the first girl to make it to the final.

Having already battled through the earlier rounds, Alice faced three other girls in a very tense finale. She sung "When a knight won his spurs" and "Ave Maria" and was presented with a crystal trophy.

Now the songbird, a pupil at King Edward's VI High School for Girls, is anticipating a busy schedule.

I am really looking forward to singing during the year in concerts and broadcasts around the country. It’s certainly going to be a busier Christmas than I was expecting," she said.
Anyone who is interested in following in Alice's footsteps and joining a St Alphege choir can call Nigel Stark on 0121 705 1074. The final, which was broadcast on Radio 2 at the weekend, can be heard again at .

Alice is pictured with St Alphege musical director Nigel Stark



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