A YOUNGSTER will show his musical talents at a forthcoming choir concert.

Myles Wilkinson, 12, is guest artist at a concert given by The Scholars and Gentlemen on Saturday, March 23 at St John the Baptist church in Whittington.

Named ‘Young Performer of the Year’ at Oswestry Town Council’s recent Youth Music Festival, Myles has been chosen to join the older choir members for the demanding role of ‘high treble’ in Allegri’s Miserere, consistently voted one of classical music’s most popular pieces ever.

In the course of the 12-minute performance, Myles, a choral scholar of St Oswald’s in Oswestry, will have to hit Top C no less than five times in a composition of 1638, which was thought to be so special that the Vatican kept the music to itself for 150 years.

The remainder of the concert will be devoted to Palestrina, a composer described as Master of the Italian Renaissance for the ingenuity of his multi-layered masses and anthems, which remain some of the most beautiful music ever written.

Tickets for the event are available for £10 at the door.

The 17-strong Scholars and Gentlemen, under their musical director Mike Donkin, are giving the concert in support of Whittington’s seventh ambitious Chamber Music Festival in May.

The festival brings 11 international musicians to stay in the area for 10 days. www.whittingtonmusicfestival.org.uk