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Thursday, 24 July 2014

Grace, 10, joins National Youth Choir

 TALENTED SINGER:   Grace Heap of Grange submitted

A TALENTED young singer from Grange is getting set to take to the spotlight with one of the country’s leading choirs.

Grace Heap, 10, a pupil at Grange CE Primary School, is already making a name for herself in the world of music and drama in South Cumbria.

The daughter of Ann and Ken Heap, from Prospect House, Kents Bank Road, has been developing her performing skills as a student at the Cartmel Music Centre led by Judith Pool.

She is also a member of Stagecoach school of drama, dance and song in Kendal and recently took to the stage in the Christmas panto production of Grange Operatic Society.

Now she has been accepted into the ranks of National Youth Choir, passing her audition with flying colours following her nomination by Cartmel Music Centre.

Grace will be joining the Girls’ Choir North, the first tier of the National Youth Choir.

She is the latest Cartmel Music Centre student to make the grade at National Youth Choir level.

Grace and her colleagues have all been members of the Amici Singers, from the Cartmel Music Centre.

They include girls Jo Lawrence, Francesca Canale-Dow, Elizke Barker and Jaimelee Twigg, and boys James Thedham and Glen Giffney.

Mrs Pool said: “Grace is an excellent singer and she loves performing. She is now our sixth student to be selected so we’ve done very well and I’m very pleased for them all.”

Grace’s proud mum Anne said: “I’m really happy that Grace has been accepted for the National Youth Choir.

“She’s still only 10 and she will be singing with the girls' youth choir section.

“Performing is her main thing and it’s something she really wants to do.

”Grace has just passed her examination with LAMDA (the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art) with distinction. And she’s also passed her Grade 4 singing exam.

“Grace will have to attend residential courses run throughout the year and appear in a number of concerts.

“The first will be a Sir Adrian Boult concert in Birmingham in April.

“There will be another course in the summer based at Casterton with a concert at Kendal parish hall.”

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