A YOUNG singing sensation has hit all the right notes after being selected to sing for the Queen at London’s St Paul’s Cathedral.
Emma Morris, aged 11, who lives in Strubby and attends St Margaret’s School in Withern, will be one of only 40 young vocalists singing in the Diamond Choir at a special service on June 5.
After sending a written application through her school, Emma was invited to audition at Nottingham, where she impressed professional musicians with her renditions of Be Thou My Vision and Danny Boy.
And having made her mark on the judges, Emma now has the honour of being beamed to millions of viewers across the globe on live television.
The Diamond Choir, along with the St Paul’s Choir and the Choir of Her Majesty’s Chapel Royal, will belt out The Call of Wisdom, written especially for the occasion by Michael Hampel, Precentor of St Paul’s and composer Will Todd.
For young Emma, the chance to sing in front of the monarch is a dream come true.
“I can’t wait, but I’ll be very nervous of being on live TV, and singing in front of the Queen and the Royal Family,” she said.
“My friend has given me a lucky necklace, and everyone’s told me to wave for the cameras.
“I’ve always liked singing, but I’ve got better as I’ve got older.”
Though Emma admits she doesn’t have a favourite artist, “I like all types of music,” she said.
School Head at St Margaret’s, James Siddle, added: “We all think it’s brilliant that Emma’s reached this stage, out of hundreds of other kids.
“To be picked as one of only 40 singers is fantastic, and it shows how strong Emma is.
“The school has always been very strong at drama and arts and this is a reflection of that.”
The special service on June 5 will feature such luminaries as the Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams and hundreds are expected to attend.
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