A schoolgirl who has won the BBC’s National Chorister of the Year contest was today wowing the Prime Minister David Cameron with her voice at a charity event at Number 10.
Angel voiced starlet Louisa Stirland, a 15-year-old Penwortham Girl’s High School pupil, scooped the acclaimed singing award when judges heard her version of Bach’s Quia Respexit.
The teenager, who dreams of being an opera singer, first started singing at the age of eight when professional tutors told her parents Diane, 48, and Tony, 51, she had a rare talent.
Today the youngster, of Broadgate, Preston, said: “ It doesn’t seem real. Winning the contest has opened up so many opportunities.
“I just love to sing, I can’t imagine my life without singing.
“I go to Blackburn Cathedral three times a week to sing with the cathedral choir.”
When she isn’t in her chorister robes Louisa can usually be found reading or enjoying the museums in the towns she performs in.
Judges in the competition were amazed by her version of the hymn I Vow To Thee My Country which she sent in on a CD.
Aled Jones hosted the Grand Final of this year’s competition from St Martin-in-the-Fields, Trafalgar Square, where Louisa battled against seven other young finalists.
Choral director and conductor Suzi Digby OBE who recently organised a choir for the Rolling Stones and was a panellist on the BBC contest Last Choir Standing was on the judging panel along with David Hill, Chief Conductor of the BBC Singers, Ken Burton, Director of the London Adventist Chorale, and singer Mica Paris.
Proud mum Diane, a BAe engineer, said: “Tony and myself are not musical so this is all very new to us and at every stage we learn a little bit more.
“We are very proud of Louisa, it’s such an honour for her to win this contest.
“She always used to sing when she was little, and people would tell us she had a lovely voice so we decided to get professional advice.”