A TALENTED Wearside teen has struck a chord for musical success.
Sarah Martin, from Houghton, was among a group of seven young musicians who clinched gold medals at the recent WorldSkills UK Skills Show in Birmingham.
They were joined by 700 talented apprentices, employees and students who battled it out to be named best in their chosen field.
Sarah and her fellow musicians, who study at Gateshead College, triumphed in the Popular Music category, wowing judges with tracks from Christina Aguilera and Florence and the Machine.
Sarah, 18, said: “It was a nerve-wracking experience playing in a 14,500-seater arena and I’m so proud to have come through it.
“My course has given me a good grounding to pursue a career in the industry and my success in this competition will be a great addition on my CV.”
The musicians are all studying for a Level 3 in Popular Music, boosting their skills in performance, creativity, technical know-how, and business skills.
Sarah’s teacher, Phil Richardson, said: “These students have done remarkably well to win a gold medal in the face of so much competition.
“They have the talent to emulate some of our former students who are now forging successful careers as professional singers, musicians and producers.”
Skills and Enterprise Minister Matthew Hancock, who has given his backing to the WorldSkills UK initiative, said: “I hope the winners will inspire others to begin learning a new skill which could lead to a new career.”