Loughton soprano Joanna Forest has made chart history by going straight to number one in the classical album charts with her debut album Stars Are Rising.

She is celebrating being the first independent artist to top the album charts with a debut album, which was recorded with the City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra and Arts Symphonic Orchestra.

One pound from each sale of the lead single How Does It Feel, which is a cover of a song by 1970’s band Slade, will go towards cancer charity Coppafeel.

At the age of 21, Joanna was diagnosed with breast cancer and now wants young people to remember to check themselves regularly.

Joanna says: “I am absolutely delighted to have achieved a classical number one album with my debut album.

“I have a fantastic supportive fan base, but it’s always daunting when you’re not signed to a major label to break into this tough genre of music.

"However, I’ve shown it is indeed possible and there is very much a place for independent artists.”

Noddy Holder, the lead singer of Slade, says: “Joanna has done a great interpretation of the song with a wonderful orchestral arrangement.

“Let’s hope it will help raise awareness of the cancer charity.”

Joanna's Album can be bought on Itunes or Amazon.