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St Mary's Warwick Chorister wins BBC award
Florence Cain with boy’s winner Edward Hyde at Manchester Cathedral.

Florence Cain, a talented 16 year old chorister who sings at the Collegiate Church of St Mary, Warwick, has won BBC Radio 2’s Young Chorister of the Year.

The final of the prestigious competition took place at Manchester Cathedral and was hosted by Diane Louise Jordan, the presenter of BBC Radio 2’s The Sunday Hour. Eight contestants from around the UK performed in front of a panel which included the world renowned composer Bob Chilcott, vocal coach Carrie Grant, and Manchester Cathedral director of music Christopher Stokes.

Florence performed the hymn ‘Dear Lord and Father of mankind’ alongside Handel’s ‘How beautiful are thy feet’ to win the award. As part of her prize, Florence will receive lessons from an established singing coach and will have the opportunity to take part in a range of BBC radio and television programmes in 2017.

Florence regularly sings with the girls’ choir at St Mary’s. Founded 26 years ago, St Mary’s Girls’ Choir was one of the first to be established at a major church in the UK. The girls sing at the service of Evensong on Wednesdays and often join with the Choir of Boys and Men at major festivals.

Commenting on Florence’s win, the Vicar of St Mary’s, the Revd Dr Vaughan Roberts said:

"We’re thrilled for Florence and all who have been supporting her in this endeavour. It’s a tremendous achievement to win such a prestigious national competition. The whole church was rooting for her and not only does it reflect well on Florence herself, it’s also great news for our hardworking musical team at St Mary’s."