Pupil Through to Finals of BBC Young Chorister of the Year

St Peter's School

Pupil Through to Finals of BBC Young Chorister of the Year

Will Miles Kingston

We are delighted to announce that Will Miles-Kingston, a former chorister at York Minster and a current pupil at St Peter’s School, York has reached the finals of this year’s BBC Young Chorister of the Year 2019.

Will has lived in York most of his life and started his journey as a chorister at York Minster in 2014.  He completed his time as a senior chorister in July 2019 after a wealth of musical experiences. As well as the opportunity to sing solos in the choir, he has been able to go on tours abroad, learn a diverse range of music, and be part of a close-knit team of young musicians. 

Robert Sharpe, Director of Music at York Minster said of Will’s news:

“Will has been a brilliant team-player and outstanding soloist during his time as a York Minster chorister. We are all thrilled that he has reached the final of this prestigious competition which is such a deserved success for him.”

Will has now joined St Peter’s School, York as a music scholar.  As well as singing a range of popular and classical music, Will is continuing to sing services both within St Peter’s and beyond. This year the school’s Chapel Choir will be singing at Durham Cathedral, St Paul’s Cathedral, London and St Thomas’, Fifth Avenue, New York. Will is also looking forward to returning to sing at York Minster with the St William’s Singers, an occasional choir for former choristers.

On hearing the news, Jeremy Walker, Head Master of St Peter’s said:

”I could not be more delighted for Will and all of us at St Peter’s wish him every success in the competition. It has been wonderful to welcome Will to St Peter’s this term and see him and many others continuing the musical excellence we all value and appreciate so much. Music is one of the many elements at St Peter’s which make the school very special and offers many opportunities to pupils beyond the classroom and into their adult lives. Congratulations, Will!”  

Will is excited to be representing York Minster and St Peter’s School in the competition.  He is looking forward to the experience, getting to know the other finalists, and visiting Media City UK!  In the final, there are four girl and four boy choristers, with one winner taken from each. It is a fantastic achievement for all of them to reach this stage. The final is due to take place on Saturday 19 October 2019, with a broadcast date later in the year.