Harewood’s Gateways School Year 7 student Isabelle Graham, who lives in Bardsey, has been invited to join the National Youth Choir. The choir is made up of 700 children and young people from all over the country between the ages of 11 and 20 and Isabelle, pictured left in Opera North’s production of of Albert Herring, will be one of only 50 girls of her age group nationally who have been invited to take part.
Dr Tracy Johnson, Gateways School headmistress, said: “We are very proud of Isabelle’s achievement in being invited to become a member of the National Youth Choir.
“She is obviously very dedicated to her singing and we wish her all the best for the forthcoming performances that she will be taking part in.”
Isabelle went for auditions in November in York and will now become a member of the National Junior Girls Choir. All the choir members will take part in residential training courses and will then have performance commitments which will include a concert at the Royal Albert Hall in London.
Isabelle is also a member of Opera North’s Children’s Chorus – which involves attending weekly rehearsals and a number of performances during the year – and last year had a named role in the company’s production of Benjamin Britten’s opera Albert Herring. Isabelle hopes to pursue a professional singing career in the future.