A 14-year-old singer from Jubilee High School in Addlestone has been crowned overall winner of the Surrey Schools Have Talent competition.
Annie-Rose Chapman will get professional coaching before going on to perform at Stoke Park on 20 July as part of celebrations to welcome the Olympic torch relay to Guildford.
Following a public vote via YouTube, a total of 14 Olympic inspired acts progressed to the final which took place at G Live in Guildford on Saturday 23 June.
The talent quest was part of the P&G Surrey School Games, organised by Surrey County Council to get more young people involved in sport and cultural activities in the lead up to London 2012.
Guest judges included Lewis Mason from Eagle Radio, Lucy Bennett, a dancer and choreographer from StopGAP Dance Company and Cosimo Keita, a music teacher who has performed with the likes of Lionel Ritchie and Peter Andre.
St Dunstan’s School Choir won the primary school category with their original song Be the Best.
Helyn Clack, Surrey County Council’s Cabinet Member for Community Services and the 2012 Games, said: “The judges had a tough job selecting a winner as the acts were all fantastic and each started by saying how inspired they were by the 2012 Games. Annie-Rose was exceptional in her rendition of a song from the musical Hairspray. It really showcased the outstanding talent we have here in Surrey.”
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Notes to Editors
Primary school category:
Gold – St. Dunstan’s School Choir, St Dunstan’s Primary School, Woking
Silver – Determination – St. Anne’s Catholic Primary School, Chertsey
Bronze – Shine! The Vale Primary School, Epsom
Secondary school category:
Gold – Annie Rose Chapman – Jubilee High School, Addlestone
Silver – Jumpin’ Jack – Glyn School, Epsom
Bronze – Vocal Blaze – The Beacon school, Banstead
Overall winner: Annie-Rose Chapman – Jubilee High School singing I know where I’ve been from the musical Hairspray.
Other acts included:
- Bridge 15 – Heathside School, Weybridge
- Georgia Stenning – Northmead Junior School, Guildford
- Jodie Chennell – Christ’s College, Guildford
- Rising Ribbons – Weyfield Primary School, Guildford
- Allstars – Salesian School, Chertsey
- Olympic Magic with Dev – Glyn School, Epsom
- Geisha Dreams – Blenheim High School, Epsom
- Laura Burdon – Rosebery School, Epsom
Visit www.gosurrey.info for more information about Surrey’s involvement in the 2012 Games.