22 August 2019
Young Chorister of the Year, Emilia Jaques, is celebrating nine grade 9s in her GCSEs.
Emilia, who attends Queen Mary’s School in Thirsk, achieved her clean sweep of top grade 9s alongside her busy schedule as BBC Radio 2’s female Young Chorister of the Year.
It’s the culmination of an exciting school year for Emilia. As well as winning the Young Chorister of the Year competition, Emilia has performed at the same event as the hugely popular tenor Alfie Boe and recorded with the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra.
In the last year Emilia has made various television and radio appearances and has sung at events across the UK including ‘Carols at Chelsea’ with Jane Asher, Simon Williams and Vincent Franklin and Childline’s ‘Merry Little Christmas Concert’ in Sloane Square with Dame Esther Rantzen and Sir Martyn Lewis. She also appeared on a special edition of ‘Friday Night is Music Night’ from Alexandra Palace – the show celebrated the 65th anniversary of the programme and included a performance from Alfie Boe. Her beautiful voice has also been heard on a CD recording with the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra and also on ‘At the Foot of the Cross’ marking Good Friday.
Like many girls who attend Girls’ Schools Association schools such as Queen Mary’s, Emilia is a true all-rounder. Along with her top GCSE results – 9 subjects at Grade 9 – she has been both head chorister and music captain at her school, where she has been heavily involved in all aspects of school life. As well as her continuous dedication to choral singing (as a chorister at Ripon Cathedral for five years), she has achieved Distinction in three instruments in her ABRSM grade 8 music and acting exams. An academic scholar and a committed sportswoman, she also took part in the Girls’ Schools Association’s national Girls Go Gold sports conference.
“I can’t believe it, what a year! It’s been so exciting to first of all win the competition and to be offered so many amazing opportunities but to also have achieved so much at Queen Mary’s. Thank you to everyone both at Queen Mary’s School and to the BBC for all their help and support.”
Mrs Carole Cameron, head at Queen Mary’s School is delighted: “Emilia is a model pupil with great ability and determination to succeed in all that she does. She has a beautiful voice and performs with confidence and composure. It has been wonderful to see Emilia blossom.”