Singer-songwriter Rory, 12, set to rock the music world

PUBLISHED: 07:00 01 July 2015 | UPDATED: 09:21 03 July 2015

Rockin' Rory Ryan

Rockin' Rory Ryan

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The 12-year-old has just become the youngest Rockschool vocal student in the UK to achieve a grade eight for his singing - the equivalent of an A-level.

A budding rock star from Seaton is on track to achieve his dream of a career in the music business.

Rory Ryan, aged 12, has just become the youngest Rockschool vocal student in the UK to achieve a grade eight for his singing – the equivalent of an A-level.

The Woodroffe School pupil plays piano and drums and has been singing since he was four. He was taught by his mum, professional singer and singing teacher Sarah Ryan.

He regularly performs his original songs in local venues with his parents who gig as Real World Duo. His dad, Nick, is a talented guitarist, part of the ZZ Tops tribute act which tours the world.

Rory wants to pursue a career in music and has nearly completed his first self-penned album.

Joanna Taman, exams head at Rockschool, said: “At Rockschool we enjoy celebrating the success stories of young musicians. Our exams are challenging and have recommended age brackets for each level. I was really surprised, therefore, to hear about Rory who had passed grade eight with merit - at only 12 years old. It is quite an achievement.

“To date, this is the youngest vocal candidate to pass with merit using our new vocals syllabus. An outstanding achievement indeed. Well done to Rory.”

Mum Sarah said she and her husband were both very proud of Rory’s achievement.

“He wants to be a rock or pop musician and hopes next to go to a Bimm contemporary music college to study for a degree,” she told the Herald.

“Gaining his grade eight with merit at Rockschool aged just 12 is an exceptional achievement and we hope he can pursue his dreams and get where he wants to be.”

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