KING’S Ely Chorister Edward Birchinall has been chosen to sing for The Queen at the Diamond Jubilee celebrations in London.
Head Chorister Edward, who has just turned 13, is one of 40 children from across the UK to have been especially selected to form the Diamond Choir, which will perform at St Paul’s Cathedral on June 5. A total of 18 auditions were held at Cathedrals throughout the country to find the most talented and enthusiastic young singers for the high profile event.
During the Service, which will be broadcast live in the UK and will also be seen in many other countries around the world, the Diamond Choir will join the choristers of St Paul’s Cathedral and the Choir of Her Majesty’s Chapel Royal to perform a brand new choral work written by young British composer Will Todd. The Call of Wisdom, with words by Precentor of St Paul’s, Michael Hampel, has been composed especially to mark the occasion.
Edward, who appeared alongside Rowan Atkinson in the West End production of Oliver and recently achieved a Distinction in the highest grade of singing assessments at King’s Ely, said: “I am really excited about performing for The Queen at the Diamond Jubilee. I know that it is a once in a lifetime opportunity and I am looking forward to being part of the country’s celebrations.”