A WHIRLWIND OF A MONTH FOR KING'S ROCHESTER STUDENT EDWARD HYDE
Since winning BBC Radio 2 Young Chorister of the Year in October 2016, King’s Rochester student Edward Hyde has been whisked off on a media tour meeting journalists, recording music and even bumping into the odd celebrity.
On 5 November 2016, Edward was interviewed by Phil Harrison for The Sunday Programme on BBC Radio Kent, discussing his triumphant win, his future aspirations and school life. Such was the impact of Edward’s voice, the presenter lost his scheduling when the interview ended.
Edward was back in a BBC studio on 27 November this time for Radio 2, as he was invited onto Good Morning Sunday with Clare Balding where he further discussed how he prepares for competitions and maintains his competitive edge. Producer Janet McLarty and Clare were also very impressed with Edward’s voice and with his conduct overall, something which was noted by several BBC staff too. As the interview drew to a close, Clare described Edward as “wise beyond his years”.
Later, during his time at the BBC Edward met The Voice; Russell Watson, who spent time talking to Edward about his achievement and future career.
Edward took the time during both recordings to mention that he will be performing at the prestigious Carols from Chelsea show on 6 December, “The service features a wonderful programme of readings, traditional carols and music, including seasonal favourites by Handel and Bach” and is in aid of Cancer Research. Such is the popularity of the event, tickets have now sold out.
Continuing his appearances across our televisions and radios, Edward has also been asked to record a 2 hour Christmas Day special on Radio 2 with Diane Louise Jordan. This will be recorded on Friday 2 December as we’re sure Edward deserves a rest on Christmas morning.
King’s Rochester is extremely proud of Edward, not only for winning BBC Radio 2 Young Choristers of The Year 2016, but in his decorum and attitude after winning. With future radio interviews, newspaper coverage and nationwide performances scheduled, the future is certainly bright for our winning chorister.