Jessica hoping to hit right note

Jessica Bryden.
Jessica Bryden.

A Ripon teenager is set to showcase her musical talent in a competition featuring musicians from across the region.

Jessica Bryden, 16, who is a pupil at Ripon Grammar School, has been selected to represent the Harrogate Competitive Festival for Music, Speech and Drama at the forthcoming Yorkshire and Humberside Regional Festivals Championships to be held at Darfield Church Hall in Barnsley, on Saturday, September 14.

At thege of 14, Jessica made history as the first pupil to hold two Grade 8 distinctions at the school, having already passed her Grade 8 cello at the age of 12.

For the last two years, she has been studying piano with acclaimed concert pianist Julian Saphir and is currently working towards a Diploma of The Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music.

In March this year, she became an Associate of Trinity College, London, gaining a distinction for her performance on the cello.

Jessica is also a talented singer and was appointed head chorister at Ripon Cathedral in 2008.

The following year, she also won the coveted Ripon Cathedral Chorister of the Year trophy. She is now a member of the newly-formed Cathedral Consort and enjoys singing at the regular rehearsals and services.

Outside of music, Jessica takes part in the Duke of Edinburgh Award, having achieved her silver award this year.

She also enjoys a wide variety of sports, including badminton, netball and rounders. She relishes the challenge of fitting music lessons, sport, academic studies and much more into her week.

Tickets for the regional championships in Barnsleycost £5 and are available by post from the regional chairman, Aubrey Venables, by post at 2 Meadow Drive, Darfield, Barnsley, S73 9HL.