A SCHOLARSHIP set up in memory of a musical student killed in a car accident is now benefiting two talented Worcester schoolgirls.

The name of Kate Davies will live on forever at the Elgar School of Music thanks to the love and generosity of her parents Anthony and Diane.

The 16-year-old, from Bromyard, who attended Alice Ottley School and the King's School, died last September 21 when the car she was travelling in as a passenger overturned in Great Witley.

The new scholarship was launched to find artistic youngsters to train, develop and improve their voices, to follow Kate in her love of singing.

Eleanor Yates from Blessed Edward Oldcorne RC High School, and Helen Jones from King's, are the two pupils receiving awards for tuition.

The pair were chosen from a very high standard of auditions held earlier this term, when 17 potential singers aged between 12 and 18 took part.

They selected and sang their own chosen song, with Eleanor winning a scholarship and Helen obtaining a year's bursary.

And according to Andrea Borwell-Fox, head of music at Blessed Edward, the scholarship was well deserved.

"Eleanor is a talented pupil in every way and takes part in all musical productions and performances," she said.

"She's directing the current school production, Somewhere in Time, and apart from singing she plays violin in the school orchestra."

The 15-year-old is also taking part in Worcestershire Youth Music Theatre Company performance of My Fair Lady.

Twelve-year-old Helen currently sings with The King's School choir and is having music lessons in piano and cello.

"Myself and my wife are delighted with the response to the award and it's a fitting tribute to Kate and to the high standards of the school," said Mr Davies.

"The two girls are very talented and have the ability to improve with the training. They will certainly do Kate's memory justice."

He hopes Eleanor will be the first of many girls to benefit from the scholarship - a scheme which he hopes will go on forever.