A former Lytham girl is studying music at a top academy in Finland.
Sarah Lenney (pictured), a former pupil of AKS Lytham, has this month taken up a place at the Sibelius Academy, in Helsinki, after receiving an Erasmus scholarship for European studies.
She began her vocal training as a pupil of Nicola Howard and Lyndon Hills, while at AKS, before completing sixth form studies at the prestigious Chetham’s School of Music, in Manchester.
She went on to gain a scholarship at the Royal College of Music in 2012, which supported her Erasmus application and audition process. Her mum Pauline said: “Sarah developed an extensive repertoire from an early age. During her teenage years she was a regular performer in school productions and LATA shows using her voice in the musical theatre arena.
“It was in Year 10, after a week at the European School of Youth Music at Haileybury, that Sarah’s focus changed. She became a member of the Manchester-based Halle Youth Choir and her commitment to training as a classical singer became evident.
“Chetham’s provided a sixth form education with a difference; the unique experience provided by the school involving the total immersion in music, enabled her to develop her talents and secure her place at the Royal College of Music .
“Sarah is finding Finland ‘clean and expensive’. She is also being presented with a wealth of challenges and opportunities in the classical, opera and jazz arenas.
“‘Imagine singing music by Sibelius at the Sibelius Academy’ was one of her comments on applying for the scholarship. She is hoping to have time to ski and that the Northern Lights are visible during the coming months.”