A TEACHER’S career is hitting the high notes.

Frances Cooke, singing teacher at The King’s School, has been appointed the first female director of the Hallé Choir, six months after being appointed associate director.

She is also the only female director of any of the major symphony choruses in the UK.

Her involvement in King’s School concerts is as choir leader, player or accompanist.

Mrs Cooke, who lives in Tattenhall, has sung with many choirs including The Sixteen, Tallis Scholars and BBC Singers. She has been musical director of the Chester Festival Chorus since 1991 and was nominated for this year’s Cheshire Woman of the Year award.