A TALENTED singer with a head for business is hoping to hit the right notes at an audition for the Royal Conservatoire.

Romy Campbell, a sixth-year-old pupil at St Stephen's High, has been accepted to study business and music at Glasgow Caledonian University.

The 17-year-old also has an unconditional place at the University of Glasgow for both subjects - but she says it would be a dream come true to win a place at the prestigious Royal Conservatoire.

Romy, of Glen Avenue, said: "I was due to audition but because of the coronavirus I have been told to send a video.

"I've always wanted to keep music in my life and I like drama as well as business."

Romy is a member of Inverclyde Musical Youth Theatre and within a week of joining she landed the top role of Maria in the group's production of The Sound of Music.

She also plays the cornet and is a former member of the Riverside Youth Band.

The mix of business and music for Romy started at an early age.

She said: "I have been singing since I was five years old.

"I also wanted to be a entrepreneur when I was younger - I sold American and watermelon gum for 20p a piece and made a £12 profit!"

But the teenager's first love is being on the stage and she says she would be thrilled to get a place on the musical theatre course so that she can play an instrument, sing, act and dance.

Romy said: "I think I'm quite quiet person but when I'm on stage I get into character.

"I been in all the school shows and in first year I played Annie.

"My teachers were quite surprised when they saw me in the role and all came to see me.

"I like being challenged, and playing all these different roles."

Romy also played one of the Pink Ladies Frency in the school's production of Grease.

She says she is inspired by her mum Mary and her auntie June who have supported all the way.

Romy said: "My mum tells me as it is and doesn't sugar-coat anything and says she will support me no matter what I want to do.

"My aunt has always told me I can do anything I want to do and she was actually going to come along to my audition at the Conservatoire.

Romy was recently honoured to sing at former St Stephen's pupil Stephanie Hurrell's funeral at St Francis' of Assisi Church.

Romy said: "I'm quite involved in the music department and my music teacher Mr Hepburn asked if I would sing at Stephanie's funeral.

"It was nerve-wracking because it was so important and I wanted to do my very best."

Busy Romy has also been asked to be a teacher for singing school Songbird Singing run by Suzie O'Donoghue, a vocal coach at St Stephen's.

She said: "I will be giving lessons to younger students.

"It will be a really good experience for me to develop new skills."