Singing solo on BBC2 carol show

Chorister Tom Pickard

Chorister Tom Pickard

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A Port St Mary boy has been chosen to sing a solo on a BBC show on Christmas Eve.

Tom Pickard, 13, a chorister at King’s College in Cambridge, will sing the first verse from ‘Once in Royal David’s City’ on the programme ‘Carols from King’s’ on BBC2 at 6.15pm.

He said: ‘It was a massive shock when I was chosen!

‘Five of us had to audition for the solo the night before the recording and then one minute before the performance they told us which of us has been picked.

‘It was such a shock I don’t even remember singing.’

Tom will also be singing on a radio show to be broadcast live on Christmas Eve.

‘A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols’ is the Christmas Eve service held in King’s College Chapel.

Tom says that there will also be a chorister chosen to sing a solo part in this service, which will be aired live on BBC Radio 4 at 3pm on Christmas Eve but they will not be told who until the last minute again.

The radio show will then be repeated on Christmas Day on Radio 3, at 2pm.

The youngster hopes to go to Eton College next year.

We reported earlier this year how he performed alongside fellow choristers from the college for UK Prime Minister David Cameron at 10 Downing Street and also performed solo in front of an audience of more than 2,000 in King’s College Cambridge chapel.

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