11th December 2020
BBC Young Chorister of the Year 2020 hails from All Saints, Leighton Buzzard
All Saints Church Leighton Buzzard is “thrilled to bits” that Alexander Olleson has won the BBC Young Chorister of the Year 2020 competition.
Director of Music Paul Dickens said:
“Alexander gave a perfect performance of a very difficult song. Although we are of course biased, we thought he thoroughly deserved to win. Alexander started his singing career at All Saints and is now back with us after some years singing in the choir at Christ Church Oxford.”
Alexander said: “It was quite nerve-wracking at the final but I wasn’t as nervous as I might have been. Having been a chorister I am used to performing live in front of lots of people.
It is hard to describe how it felt when I was announced as the winner. You get this feeling of being completely relaxed, even if you felt relaxed beforehand you still feel it. It’s a really good feeling.”
He also spoke about the camaraderie of singing: “Singing as a soloist is something I have done for years as a chorister but when you are in a choir you feel as if you are singing as one body,” he said.
The Bishop of St Albans also offered congratulations to Alexander on his achievement.