Rendcomb College pupil joins National Youth Choir
13-year-old Rendcomb College pupil Carmen Lee begins rehearsals with the National Youth Girls’ Choir at a residential training course in April and will have the opportunity to perform at venues including the Royal Albert Hall and will also receive world-class musical and leadership training
Carmen began singing at age nine at Rendcomb College and sings with the school’s Chamber Choir and whole-school choir as well as playing the violin in the school orchestra and string ensemble. She is currently preparing for her Grade 8 singing exam later this year.
On receiving the news, Carmen said: “I couldn’t believe it. I was totally blown away, ecstatic and absolutely thrilled to be recognised by such a prestigious organisation. To be selected out of thousands of applicants was completely unbelievable.”
The rigorous audition process for the choir included a vocal assessment, a musicianship test, sight-singing and the performance of two songs in front of a panel.
Carmen’s mother, Jennifer said to Rendcomb College: “We of course cannot thank you and your most inspiring music department enough for nurturing our daughter and allowing her to find her passion for music. The encouragement and opportunities you give the pupils is exceptional.”
Carmen's first appointment with the National Youth Girls’ Choir is set for April where she will attend a five day residential training course in preparation for a performance of Thomas Tallis’ Renaissance masterpiece Spem in Alium at the Royal Albert Hall on Sunday 10th April together with a number of star soloists including Kitty Whately.
Dominic Franks, Director of Music at Rendcomb College said: “We are very proud of Carmen’s achievement and look forward to following her progress with the National Youth Girls’ Choir.”
Rendcomb College is investing in its performing arts provision with a new Performing Arts Centre currently under construction. The building, which will include a 350-seat auditorium, music classrooms and dance studio, will be completed this autumn.