Cranmer Awards Finals 2016
Following heats in thirteen dioceses, this year’s Cranmer Awards National Finals returned to the Old Palace in Worcester. Formerly the residence of the Bishops ofWorcester and now home to the Worcester Diocesan offices, the Old Palace is adjacent to the cathedral, and provides a suitably ‘ecclesiastical’ backdrop to the event. As usual, the Junior (ages 11-14) and Senior (15-18) competitions took place simultaneously in separate rooms, with the prize-giving after lunch.
The Cranmer Awards are an annual competition for young people aged 11–18, in which they recite passages from the 1662 Book of Common Prayer, with the winners of the junior (ages 11–14) senior (15–18) local diocesan heats going forward to compete in the National Final. The standard was, as usual, impressive, and all the more so since finalists are required to declaim their chosen passages from memory.
The overall winners were:
First Prize | Georgina Sockett (Diocese of Hereford)
Second Prize | Flora Leeper (Diocese of Gloucester)
Third Prize | Genevieve Sang (Diocese of Bath & Wells)
Highly Commended | Lydia Huby (Diocese of Blackburn), and Lucas Humphries (Diocese of London)
First Prize | Albert McIntosh (Diocese of Oxford)
Second Prize | Richard Decker (Diocese of Rochester)
Third Prize | Emer Halton (Diocese of Sodor & Man)
Highly Commended | Georgina Lang (Diocese of Lichfield)
The prizes were presented by the Bishop of Worcester, the Rt Revd Dr John Inge, who praised the competitors’ performances. In addition to a cash prize, each winner received a copy of the Book of Common Prayer, and every finalist received a certificate. The day concluded with a reprise of their renditions by the two First Prize winners.
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