Beth, 12, wins place in National Youth Choir of Great Britain

Audition success: Beth Norman of Docking
Audition success: Beth Norman of Docking
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Beth Norman, a 12-year-old Docking student has recently passed an audition for a place with the National Youth Choir of Great Britain

And that means she will be singing with the choir at a concert in April at the famous Royal Albert Hall, in London.

Before that, she will attend a week-long residential course in Banbury at Easter.

Her parents, Matt and Julia, were taken by surprise when Beth, a Year 8 pupil at the Alderman Peel High School in Wells, passed the audition as she had never had singing lessons.

Matt added: “Beth has performed in plays at primary school and in the choir at high school.

“However, since she went to high school, her music teacher has been fantastic and given her opportunities to sing solo in the Year 7 school band last year and in the Year 8 band this year, as well as singing a classical piece as part of a trio at Holkham Hall for a school concert last summer.

“This is a fantastic achievement for Beth, her music teacher (Michelle Wolfe) as well as all those who support her. She also plays violin and the piano.

“It’s a bit like getting picked to represent your country at sport but for singing instead and we think this is a real success story for a young lady from a state school in rural North Norfolk.”

The National Youth Girls’ Choir is for girls of ages 10-15 and is divided internally into junior and senior sections which rehearse and perform independently and together.

NYCGB’s spring 2016 concert spectacular, ‘imagiNATIONS’, will be held at the Royal Albert Hall on Sunday, April 10.

Conceived as a celebration of British choral creativity from the Renaissance to the present day, imagiNATIONS will feature all five NYCGB choirs.

They will be joined for the concert by the NYCGB alumni choir and a quartet of star alumni soloists Kitty Whately (soprano), Rachael Lloyd (mezzo-soprano), Paul Hopwood (tenor) and Roland Wood (baritone).