BBC ‘Young Chorister of the Year’ competition

We are absolutely delighted to announce that Cormac, a Form 5 pupil here, has made it through to the semi-finals of this highly prestigious, national singing competition, competing against hundreds of other children from across the country.

The competition celebrates the contribution made by young people to choirs and music groups across the UK, and attracts hundreds of competitors aged 10-16. Cormac is one of just 5 boys in the semi-finals, all vying for one of the three places in the boys final. 

Cormac actually planned to enter the ‘Young Chorister of the Year’ competition back in 2020 but global record label Decca, had other plans for him. Discovered in lockdown singing ‘Danny Boy’ on YouTube, to his Nannie in Northern Ireland, the talented youngster recorded his debut album ‘Hear my Voice’ which he released on Decca Records in December 2020. 

It all started when Cormac was just 7 years old, joining a Lancashire school choir which soon led to the Manchester Hallé’s Children’s Choir and National Youth Choir of GB when he was just 9 years old. 

Cormac is now Head Chorister here at Aysgarth and after his appearance on tv this weekend, he can be heard singing in Ripon Cathedral at the Macmillan Concert on Monday 6th December as just one of many of his musical appearances this year.

The semi-final, recorded at Salisbury Cathedral and hosted by Aled Jones, will be broadcast on Sunday 28th November on BBC1’s Songs of Praise at 13.15. It will also be available on Radio 2 at 19.00.