Singing success Pope Idol contest winners

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Pupils from St Augustine’s School in Scarborough battled it out at a Diocesan Talent contest aptly named “Pope Idol”.

The competition took place at the Little Theatre in Middlesbrough.

The acts entered were David Echevarria singing and playing one of his own compositions called Man in the Moon; Una Voce, a group of Year 7 and 8 pupils Danielle Lowery, Bernadette Davey, Helen Inusu and Jemima Whyte, who sang “Arms of an Angel” accompanied by Jemima on the piano; and Enchanted, a classical duo of Emmie Beckitt and Chloe Moran who sang Panis Angelicus with Chloe playing the piano and singing.

They were competing against all the other schools in the diocese, from Hull, York and Middlesbrough.

With St Augustine’s pupils having won it for the past two years, the pressure was on to bring the trophy home again.

Singing in front of a full house of 500 and three judges, all three acts did not disappoint with David Echevarria becoming the eventual winner and Una Voce and Enchanted coming joint second.

The judges spoke about how impressed they were with the pupils from St Augustine’s, saying: “They were all so professional, well prepared and highly talented.”

They encouraged them all to enter the real X Factor saying that they were all as good if not better than what they have seen over the past few years.

Music teacher Oliver Barron said: “I am again so proud of the pupils from St Augustine’s performing to such a high standard, being so professional and a cut above the rest.

“It shows once again the wealth of talent of pupils in the music department and the commitment and passion they show for the subject. Some of the pupils have already started work from next year’s competition.”