A sixth former is celebrating after securing a place at the Royal Northern College of Music.

Harriet Russ, 18, sings in an operatic style and she will study the Bachelor of Music programme at the college in Manchester.

She said: “I actually wanted to study Psychology up until about two years ago and had never thought that I could sing as a career.

“My degree is a four-year course and then I will be looking at a postgraduate course. At the moment I practice for about an hour and 35 minutes every day. I would love to perform in an opera, usually opera singers don’t make it onto stage until they are in their thirties.”

Harriet, who is in Year 13, recently came second in the Student Award category at a competition organised by the Dalesmen Male Voice Choir, winning £150.

Jo Rowlands, Subject Leader for Music and Media, congratulated Harriet on her achievements.

She said: “Harriet has been a big part of the Music department since she started here. She has always joined in with our choirs and represented the school at many events with her singing.

“She has a fantastic voice and we are looking forward to seeing her singing career flourish. She has done so well to secure a place at the Royal Northern College of Music and thoroughly deserves it. We wish her all the best for the future and we are sure she will be incredibly successful.”

Kevin Gritton, Headteacher, said Harriet should be proud of her success.

He said: “Harriet has an amazing voice and works extremely hard. We are very proud of her and wish her every success in the future.”