Higham chorister scoops award

Esm Whitehead receiving her award from the Archdeacon of Blackburn.
Esm Whitehead receiving her award from the Archdeacon of Blackburn.
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A young Higham chorister has been presented with a prize for her loyal and faithful service to the local choir of St John the Evangelist Higham Parish Church.

On Saturday, March 25th, eleven-year-old Esmé Whitehead received the Archdeacon of Blackburn’s Award for her accomplishments, proudly sporting the ribbon and medal which she can now wear at future church services.

The award, organised by the Lancashire branch of the Royal School of Church Music, was presented to Esmé by the Archdeacon himself at a specail ceremony at Blackburn Cathedral, where a choir of nearly 150 members from churches in the area performed.

Esmé, who was honoured having attened over 90% of services and practices during her time as a member of the choir, also received a certificate from the Archdeacon of Blackburn, the Venerable Mark Ireland.

“Esmé has been a loyal member of our choir in Higham, during which time she has progressed through the RSCM’s Voice for Life training scheme,” said Robert Fergusson, Organist and Choirmaster.

“It’s especially commendable that Esmé has been such a constant member of our choir,” he added. “We’re grateful for the invaluable support she has received from her parents.”