AN OPERA singer from Liverton has just got a top job as the Welsh National Opera's youth group choral leader.
Rachel Marsh (pictured) will be nurturing the talent of the budding young singers.
"It has been a long-term ambition to work for the Welsh National Opera and now I have finally achieved it," said Rachel, 25.
"The interview process was incredibly tough, we had to take an hour-long rehearsal session with a small group of children and then, afterwards, have a sit-down interview. The process in general was very tough.
"It was definitely one of the hardest jobs I had ever applied for. We start our first session at the Wales Millennium Centre on Saturday and I am incredibly excited about it."
She graduated from the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama in 2011 with a first class honours in voice and has since gone on to achieve qualifications in vocal teaching from the associated board of the Royal Schools of Music.
"With this new position I will also undergo training to take the children through the Silver Arts Award, which is an award for talented young individuals who wish to pursue a long term career in the arts," she said.
She will be mentoring a group of 35 to 40 young singers and teaching them to use the correct vocal technique.
"We will be singing a variety of music, but mostly classical and even some opera," she said.
"We are hoping to do our first concert performance at Christmas time and I have chosen some very challenging yet interesting pieces I know the children will love, but will also stretch their vocal ability.
The former Bradley Barton Primary School and Stover School student, who currently lives in Cardiff, has enjoyed a successful career to date.
"I won the Kathleen Ferries junior bursary award in 2008 and also the Music in the Vale Young Singer of the Year competition in 2009," said Rachel.
"Last year my new trio called Triptych also formed and we were accepted into the prestigious live music scheme originally founded by musician Yehudi Menuhin.
"I have also performed with the likes of the Llandaff choral society, Chepstow male voice choir and the Cardiff Bach Choir."