Teenage singer, 15, thrilled to win Vale music contest

Fleur Pardoe, 15, from Grendon Underwood - won singing contest for lesson at Royal Academy in London
Fleur Pardoe, 15, from Grendon Underwood - won singing contest for lesson at Royal Academy in London

Waddesdon student Fleur Pardoe, 15, won the Margaret Fripp Singing Prize at St Mary’s Church and was rewarded with a singing lesson with Sara Reynolds at the Royal Academy of Music in London.

The teenager, of Grendon Underwood, enjoys singing in an operatic style and said: “I’m very pleased. I always go with an open mind when I enter competitions.

“You never know what might happen so I always try and keep myself motivated.

“I’m so excited about the opportunity. I couldn’t contain my excitement.

“I knew that was the prize but I just didn’t really get in my head that it was the prize until I won it.

“I’m going to sing in one of the most prestigious conservatories in the country.”

Fleur’s 19 year old sister, Chloe, currently studies music at Birmingham University and she is hoping to follow in her footsteps.

However, her parents are both at a loss to explain both of the girls’ natural singing talent.

Fleur added: “I’ve grown up my whole life with a real love for singing but we are not aware of anyone who has a talent for it in the family.

“We are trying to figure out where it came from.”

Mum Debbi Pardoe said she was proud of both her daughters and that neither of them are ‘chasing the X-Factor dream’.

Fleur said: “When I was younger I never thought I would like this type of music. I just completely shunned it.

“But now I’ve taken a real shine to the classical side of music. My friends are really supportive and love to hear me sing.”