A TALENTED eight-year-old has guaranteed herself a place at a top music school.
Imogen Davies, of Barony Way, Lache Lane, Chester, is to start at Chetham's School of Music in Manchester in September.
She has been awarded a scholarship from the Manchester Cathedral Choir. Her talents were spotted by the Cathedral's director of music when her choir, The Greenhouse Choir, sang there.
Following in the footsteps of mum Sarah, a professional violinist, and dad Matthew, a professional singer, Imogen had two auditions and a number of oral and memory tests. She also played her flute and recorder.
Sarah said: 'Imogen has done exceptionally well to get a place at the only specialist music school in the North of England.
'Her interest began at an early age, especially being brought up in a musical house, but this is completely her decision. We never want to push her, it's what she wants to do.'
Imogen will have singing and piano lessons as well as studying a range of other educational subjects.
Sarah said: 'Although she is very musically talented, she's too young to decide on her career yet.
Proud dad Matthew added: 'This is a remarkable achievement for someone of her age. She's going to have a ball there.
'We're not worried about her boarding there as it is a small school with only 290 pupils. It's a very close knit community where everyone looks out for each other.
Imogen is currently studying at Overleigh St Mary's primary school in Handbridge.
Deborah Lee, Imogen's class teacher, said: 'Imogen is a pleasure to teach, very sensible and conscientious.
'She's very creative and we're not surprised she got the place. She has taken part in concerts, and plays in the orchestra at assemblies. She has always had an active role in the school.
'I think she will be very successful. '