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Beth & Belinda, Choristers at Wells Cathedral School

Unlocking Musical Talent

Two Wells girl choristers were finalists and prize winners in an international online singing competition, Unlock Your Talent, over the summer lockdown. 

Year 8 pupil Elizabeth Burdge entered the 12 to 18 category, singing Amarilli Mia Bella by Caccini; and Belinda Gifford-Guy the 6 to 11 category, singing Wishing you were Somehow Here Again by Andrew Lloyd Webber.

With celebrity judges from The Voice and English National Opera, and young people competing from as far away as Australia, competition was tough and both girls were thrilled to make it through not only the first round, but the semi-finals and then to the finals. 

Out of hundreds of entries, Beth came second and Belinda, third, in their respective categories, winning vouchers for recording sessions. 

The girls said, “It was lovely to be singing as we had missed Wells Cathedral so much! Thank you to Mr Cole for his encouragement and for allowing us to take part. We can’t wait to be back singing together as a choir soon.