A Year 9 student is celebrating after being invited to join the National Youth Girls’ Choir.

Emilie Judd attended an open audition for the choir and sang two songs, one in German and one in Scottish Gaelic.

She was informed by email that she had been successful and was offered a place with the National Youth Girls’ Choir.

The choir is divided into junior and senior sections which rehearse and perform both independently and together on shared residential courses.

Emilie said: “I performed two songs at the audition. I chose them because I have sung them before for my singing exams. I was also asked to do a bit of sight reading which was to see how accurately I could sing the notes.

“When I found out I had been offered a place with the choir I was quite excited. I’ll attend two residential courses in a year where we will work on singing exercises and practise songs.

“The idea is to help with sight reading and help develop our singing style and see what kind of range we have.

“I did a bit of singing at primary school and I have singing lessons. I do a lot of performances in the summer and most recently I performed in a show at the Guildhall with Big Adventures.

“I also performed in London with a group where we spent time taking part in activities and singing songs from different musicals before we performed at Her Majesty’s Theatre for family and friends.”

Emilie will be singing with the National Youth Girls’ Choir at the Royal Concert Hall in Nottingham in April and at the Royal Albert Hall as part of ‘Women at the Hall’ on a date to be announced.

The teenager also sings with the Saint Benedict Catholic Voluntary Academy Choir and is a regular performer on stage in school shows. She is also part of the Voices City of Derby Girls’ choir and is going on tour to Belgium with them in the summer.

She said: “I really want to be in the West End as I love musical theatre.”

Mr Gritton congratulated Emilie on her achievement.

He said: “Emilie is clearly incredibly talented and we are extremely proud of her. Performing with the National Youth Girls’ Choir is a fantastic opportunity and we are sure it will help her to pursue her dream of performing on stage in the West End one day.”

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