A FORMER Wrexham college student has scooped the Guinness World Record for 'Lowest Vocal Note by a Female'.

It was during 'The Voice of Germany' that Helen Leahey, from Denbighshire but who attended Yale College in Wrexham, entered the world stage for the first time and impressed judges with her deep, velvety vocals.

With this voice that she made the first world record for ‘lowest vocal note by a female’ at the Music School Wagner in Koblenz, Germany.

The Guinness World Records official guidelines required for the evaluation of the first world record for ‘lowest vocal note by a female’, the musical note E2 (82.4 Hertzes).

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Helen smashed this during her second official attempt when she successfully reached Sound D2 (72.5 Hertzes).

If you use an example from the world of instruments, D2 is the third deepest note on the cello.

Helen said: "I am absolutely delighted to have achieved this. To have a world record is certainly something very special.

In a world of over 7.5 billion people only around 40,000 can claim to have a Guinness World Record since its inception in 1955.

"We started three octaves above the target note which I then achieved (D5 to D2)– this was a nerve-wracking and challenging experience.

"It was after my second official attempt, confirmed by my sound engineer Tobias Jacobs (Bläserstudio, Koblenz) that I got the sign that I had hit the note, this was a fantastic feeling. However it was the long wait for the official confirmation of the new world record that was the real test of my nerves."

She added: "The record attempt required a lot of organisation and effort from everyone involved. It was a challenge to comply with all the strict rules and gather the evidence required by Guinness World Records.“

The record attempt was documented and submitted to the commission. On February 22 the official confirmation finally came from Guinness World Records.

The official certificate arrived at her home on March 7.

Helen Leahey is currently in production for her second album which will be released late this summer.

The music played by her duo Dilligara has a mystical, memorable feel and is often full of rhythm. Her lyrics play with the subjects of love, humour, politics and heartbreak.

Helen writes and composes her own material, but she also devotes herself to playing the Celtic music of her ancestors.

For more information about future concerts and the upcoming album please visit www.helenleahey.com .