Age 13, William Farr School
"When I’m not at school I am usually either singing, getting far too competitive playing FIFA, pretending to be a Jedi or winding up my twin sister up. Physical activity has been rather lacking in recent years but I am a natural sportsman and at the age of 7 was weighing up committing to a future in tennis or committing to the demands of being a chorister. It was an easy decision for me. Clearly hearing endless rounds of ‘Doe a Deer’ rubbed off on me as a baby and have sung ever since I could talk. Much to the delight of the rest of my family, I still sing myself to sleep and to wake myself up in the morning, although I’ve progressed to a more eclectic repertoire, from Ed Sheeran to Schubert. I consider myself very fortunate and proud to sing nearly every day in Lincoln Cathedral. Being involved in the Youngstars charity recording has heightened these feelings.
I think about the airmen who saw the Cathedral as they left to fight for us and how scared they must have been. They didn’t know if they would come home again. They must have been so happy to see the Cathedral again if they made it back. I think about my Great Pop who trained pilots that fought in the Battle of Britain and my Great Great Uncle Mike who was a fighter pilot in the Battle of Britain. I wish I’d met them so I could have heard their stories. The IBCC will mean kids can learn about these heroes and understand what they did for us all."