Richard Decker named Chorister of the Year

A young chorister from The Queen’s Chapel of the Savoy has been named as BBC Radio 2’s Chorister of the Year for 2011.

13-year old Richard Decker has been part of the choir at The Queen’s Chapel of the Savoy since 2009 and performed in front of several members of The Royal Family over the last two years. As a treble, Richard has also sung a number of solos, both at The Chapel and at other prestigious UK venues.

Commenting on Richard’s achievement, Master of Music Philip Berg said: “This is a wonderful accolade for Richard and indeed for the entire choir here at The Queen’s Chapel of the Savoy. To perform at this level of excellence requires a great deal of discipline and hard work as well as talent. Richard has proved that he has all of these qualities in abundance and we are very proud of him.”

Four male and four female choristers were shortlisted for this year’s award and the final competition took place at St Martin’s in the Fields on 24th October. One female and one male soloist received the top prize, which includes a trophy, lessons with a professional singing coach and opportunities to appear on national television and radio programmes throughout the year.

The Queen’s Chapel of the Savoy, located off the Strand in London, is the chapel of the Royal Victorian Order, an Order of Chivalry within the Sovereign’s personal gift. The Choir of the Queen’s Chapel of the Savoy consists of approximately 20 boys exclusively provided by St Olave’s Grammar School in Orpington, Kent. Some choristers, including Richard, start at The Queen’s Chapel of The Savoy one year prior to joining St Olave’s, while still at primary school. These boys remain in the Choir until their voices change and it is agreed by the Chapel that they may leave.

The final competition, including a rendition of ‘In The Bleak Midwinter’ by the two winning choristers and former X Factor winner Joe McElderry was played during Aled Jones’ BBC Radio 2 show on 6th November 2011.