Portchester chorister to perform for Prime Minister

PERFORMANCE Isaac Waddington. ''Picture: Steve Reid (123612-233)
PERFORMANCE Isaac Waddington. ''Picture: Steve Reid (123612-233)
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A TEENAGER who was crowned Young Chorister of the Year is getting ready to perform in front of the Prime Minister.

Isaac Waddington beat thousands of others to win the BBC Radio 2 national competition.

And now he is warming up his vocal chords ahead of a performance in front of David Cameron at 10 Downing Street.

He will be singing In The Bleak Midwinter on Monday to a party of children suffering with life limiting illnesses.

Isaac, who lives in Portchester, is a member of Portsmouth Grammar School’s Chamber Choir.

Mr Cameron chose Isaac to perform after hearing that he had won the competition.

Isaac said: ‘It’s completely overwhelming. There are no words to explain it if I’m honest. It’s just amazing that I will be singing in front of such an important person.

‘I feel so honoured that he has chosen me. I don’t know if it’s happened before. But I thought it was really kind and brilliant that he has chosen me.

‘I haven’t really let it sink in yet. I think it will be quite nerve wracking. But I think it will be a really good experience and once in a lifetime.

‘I don’t think he will put too much pressure on me – I hope he doesn’t.’

Isaac’s mum, Imogen, 43, added: ‘It’s a lovely opportunity for him and we are very excited.

‘Choristers work extremely hard and that’s across the country. They really do put in a lot of hard work. He works incredibly hard. And the hard work has paid off.

‘It’s not going to be forgotten. This probably isn’t the first time it’s been chosen by the prime minister but for the first in a long time they have asked the BBC chorister.

‘I think that’s down to Isaac’s character and his confidence in singing and his ability. There are lots of choristers out there but his confidence and his ability shines through.’