Brentwood School chorister Harry John has hit the right note securing a coveted place in a special Jubilee choir to sing for the Queen.
Eleven-year-old Harry beat hundreds of talented young singers for a place in the forty-strong Diamond Choir and the “once-in-a-lifetime” opportunity.
Harry will be performing at Her Majesty’s Diamond Jubilee Thanksgiving Service on 5th June at St Paul’s Cathedral and millions of people from across the world will be tuned in to this live event.
This enterprising First Year pupil was chosen to join the Diamond Choir, consisting of just 20 girls and 20 boys between the ages of 10-13, after seeing the incredible opportunity advertised online.
A confident and gifted chorister, Harry was asked to audition at St Paul’s on 21st April. He was later selected from 400 hopeful children to join the exclusive Jubilee choir, made up of accomplished girls and boys from across the UK.
During the service, which will be broadcast around the world and shown live in the UK on the BBC and ITV, the Diamond Choir will join the choristers of St Paul's Cathedral and the Choir of Her Majesty’s Chapel Royal for their unique performance.
The Diamond Choir will be singing a specially commissioned piece titled The Call of Wisdom, written by British Composer Will Todd, to mark the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.
Harry’s singing talents were first spotted by his Brentwood Preparatory School music teacher, Mr Nichol, when he was just 7 years old. He was then asked to join the school Chamber Choir and is Brentwood School’s third Choral Scholar and a member of the Brentwood Cathedral choir.
“I am a bit nervous about the day but have been practising a lot with my singing teacher at the cathedral. I am also very excited; it is an once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and performance, which will be watched by spectators around the world.”
Director of Music, Mr David Pickthall commented
“It will be a marvellous experience for Harry, he is one of our very talented singers and I am sure both he and the Diamond Choir will give a magnificent performance. We are very proud to have Brentwood School represented in this way.”