Updated: A YORK schoolgirl who is going head-to-head at an awards ceremony with some of the biggest names in music is appealing for local votes.

Choirgirl Isabel Suckling, 13, is up against Shane MacGowan and her manager Aled Jones to win the coveted best album title at the Classical Brit awards.

The Fulford girl, who sings in the Minster Choir, is the youngest solo artist ever to be shortlisted for a Classical Brit Her mum, Catherine Suckling, said: “She is up against some of the biggest names in classical music and she is the only solo female artist to be nominated.

“She was really pleased and excited when she heard but she is quite low key about it all. I think she is hoping to get a nice dress out of the occasion.”

Isabel is in the running with her debut album, The Choirgirl, while former Pogues frontman MacGowan features on a hit album called Noel by The Priests, performing a version of Little Drummer Boy/Peace On Earth.

Meanwhile, Aled Jones and a group of singing nuns have been shortlisted for his Christmas Gift release.

Because it is members of the public who choose one of ten nominees to win the best album title, Isabel needs all the support she can get.

Her debut album, The Choirgirl, reached Number 3 in the classical music chart The Minster School pupil was signed by Decca Records in March 2010 following a nationwide search to find Britain’s most talented choirgirl.

Since then, she has performed alongside her mentor, Aled, who famously conquered the pop charts 25 years ago with Walking In The Air.

She has also sung at venues such as the Royal Albert Hall, where she performed You Are Not Alone in front of the Queen.

To vote for Isabel, visit www.classicbrits.co.uk.