Phoebe set to rock the music world

PUBLISHED: 08:40 23 December 2015

Phoebe Holmes-Simeon with her certificate

Phoebe Holmes-Simeon with her certificate


Eleven-year-old Seaton girl is one of the youngest ever to achieve top singing qualification

An 11-year-old Seaton girl has become one of the youngest in the country to achieve a singing qualification the equivalent to an A-level.

Phoebe Holmes-Simeon, a pupil at Woodroffe School, passed her Grade 8 with Merit in Rockschool’s ‘Popular Music Performance’ vocals exam.

Karen Chetwynd, head of assessment, said: “To pass a Rockschool examination is a significant accomplishment for any student. For a young candidate to achieve a Merit at Grade 8 is a wonderful achievement. I congratulate Phoebe, her teacher and her supportive mum, for their hard work and preparation - an excellent result.”

Phoebe’s mum Marie said that she, Phoebe’s dad and the family were extremely proud of her achievement.

She said Phoebe had worked hard; as well as learning to play the piano, she had been passing her vocal grades since seven years of age.

She said: “It is also amazing that Phoebe now has 70 UCAS points towards University entry.”

Since passing her Grade 8 and starting at Woodroffe, Phoebe has been singing for fun and doing some recording before she starts practising towards her Performance Diploma.

She has sung/busked at the Lyme Regis ‘Guitars on the Beach’ for the last three years, been a chorister for a day at Exeter Cathedral, performed on stage at several local shows as part of a group, sung solo on stage, opening the live music section of this year’s Seaton’s Great Outdoors Festival, and sung Amazing Grace ‘a capella’ at a family wedding.

Mum Marie and Phoebe paid tribute to her ‘wonderful teacher’, Sarah Ryan, who they say is ‘the most caring, talented, enthusiastic, hardworking and encouraging teacher who cannot recommended highly enough’.

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