Kentish Town choir boy makes finals of national young chorister competition

Luke McWatters won the Young Chorister of the Year competition. Picture: Polly Hancock

Luke McWatters won the Young Chorister of the Year competition. Picture: Polly Hancock - Credit: Polly Hancock

A 13-year-old schoolboy from Kentish Town has made it to the finals of a national competition to find the UK’s best young choir singer.

Luke McWatters, of Torriano Avenue, beat hundreds of singers across the country to become one of four in the final of the boys’ category of BBC Radio 2’s Young Chorister of the Year.

He will sing in the final at St Martin-in-the-Fields Church in Trafalgar Square live on the radio today.

Luke, who went to Torriano Infants’ and Junior schools in Torriano Avenue before winning a bursary to study at City of London School for boys, said: “It’s something I’ve always wanted.

“It would mean a lot to win because it would be like being the best singer in a choir in the UK.”


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Luke has sung in choirs since the age of six as part of the Temple Choir at Temple Church in the City of London and he rehearses with them five times a week. His mother Vanora Bennett, 51, said: “It’s the most exciting thing that has happened in his whole singing career.”

The winning boy and girl each receive a trophy and tuition with a vocal coach, and opportunities to sing on national radio and TV.

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