A TALENTED singer from Chester will have a special role to play in the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations.

Bethia Coates, 19, of Newton, beat hundreds of singers across the country to secure a place in the 100-strong Youth Music Voices choir.

The former Bishops’ Blue Coat CE High School pupil, will now sing on the main stage at the Hyde Park Jubilee Festival on June 2 and 3.

She said: “I love every minute of rehearsing and performing. It’s such a great opportunity to work with a brilliant team and amazing artists.”

The choir has already performed at a number of prestigious venues including the House of Lords and they have a date at the Royal Opera House and at The BT River of Music events, part of the London 2012 Festival.

Bethia and the choir also accompanied Girls Aloud star Kimberley Walsh and leading tenor Alfie Boe at a star-studded royal gala dinner at The Royal Albert Hall earlier this month to launch One Vision, the official single for Team GB.

Bethia said: “It was fantastic to be on stage and exciting to know that it will be heard and enjoyed by millions of people.”

Bethia, who is currently on a gap year, also plays piano and guitar and is a gymnastics assistant coach. She is an active member of St Michael’s Church in Newton and plans to attend Nexus Christian Music Training College in September to do a voice course.