A Gloucestershire pupil has been selected from more than 1,000 applicants to join the National Youth Girls’ Choir with the National Youth Choirs of Great Britain.
Thirteen-year-old Carmen Lee (pictured) from Rendcomb College begins rehearsals with the choir at a residential training course in April.
She will have the opportunity to perform at venues including the Royal Albert Hall as well as receiving world-class musical and leadership training.
Carmen began singing aged nine with Rendcomb and now performs with the school’s Chamber Choir and whole-school choir as well as playing the violin in the school orchestra and string ensemble.
She is currently preparing for her grade eight singing exam later this year.
On receiving the news, Carmen said: “I couldn’t believe it. I was totally blown away, ecstatic and absolutely thrilled to be recognised by such a prestigious organisation. To be selected out of thousands of applicants was completely unbelievable.”
The rigorous audition process for the choir included a vocal assessment, a musicianship test, sight-singing and the performance of two songs in front of a panel.