A keen singer from Market Harborough has organised the timing of her pregnancy to make sure she can compete with her choir at a top music festival.
Vicky Wilson was so determined not to miss this summer’s Llangollen International Music Eisteddfod that she and her husband carefully worked out when they should conceive their baby.
Now the 34-year-old alto will have an eight-month bump when she takes to the stage with Leicestershire-based choir The Chanterelles. on July 11.
“The altos are a fertile bunch,” said Vicky.
“And numbers are critical, so I just wanted to make sure we had enough people.”
And if the baby decides to make an early appearance?
“Well, we’ve got a couple of doctors in the choir!”
Vicky, who lives with her 36-year-old husband Jon at a farm just outside Harborough, began singing with a local youth choir when she was a seven-year-old.
Among its performance highlights was winning several trophies at the Llangollen Eisteddfod in the 1990s.
Her all-girl youth choir, founded through Leicestershire Arts in Education, made their final appearance in 2001.
But a number of former members have reunited to form The Chanterelles.
The choir is still led by its original musical director, Dr Shirley Court.
With an enthusiastic group of about 30 members, The Chanterelles perform in a range of concerts and competitions and aim to set the highest professional standards.
The choir’s Llangollen Eisteddfod debut was in 2010 when it sang its way to first place in the female choir section and in 2012 it returned to take second place.
Vicky, whose day job is teaching Braille, said: “I knew The Chanterelles were due to compete at the Eisteddfod this summer and I desperately wanted to be with them as I love coming to Llangollen.
“My husband Jon and I were planning a second baby and we worked things out for when it would be best for me to become pregnant, if I can put it that way!
“We arranged for my nine months to finish sometime after the Eisteddfod.
Gethin Davies, chairman of the Eisteddfod, said: “Singing at Llangollen clearly means a lot to Vicky and we’re delighted she enjoys it.
“It will be wonderful to see her and the choir again as they’re top-class and I’m sure singing will be good for her in her pregnancy.”