Brooke Sings Her Way to National Success

Dunluce pupil, Brooke Culbertson (8LMA), went with her Primary School choir to take part in the Final of the National Choir of the Year (Children’s Category) this past weekend.

She was one of seven year eight pupils returning to be part of the Macosquin Primary School Senior Choir to help them achieve 2nd place overall in the prestigious competition on Sunday, 16th October.


The finals, which were held in the Birmingham Symphony Hall, were presented by popular choral conductor and composer Greg Beardsell   “I was thrilled to be presenting this fantastic event again - something I've followed and loved for years! This competition is such good fun; it really shows off the very best in choral singing and lets the world see and hear how great Britain’s choirs are. Each year I am blown away by the talent we find across the nation!'

Macosquin were the only school from Northern Ireland to make it to the finals.

Conductor Cathy Reid told Q Radio "It's fantastic for the kids to be involved in something as big in this, to have that knowledge of what a competition is"

The Choirs were judged by Mary King, acclaimed vocal coach and broadcaster, Will Todd, celebrated composer and Stephen Connolly, an award-winning performer.

Choir of the Year is the UK’s national amateur choral competition and the most prominent event of its kind – winning the competition is the ultimate achievement for any UK choir.

Brooke told us that it was a unique experience.  “It was amazing to perform in front of an audience of 3,000 people!  It was a bit scary but I’m so glad I was part of it. How many people can say they have done something like this?”
Her advice to other Dunluce pupils?  “Join the choir now.  You will get more out of it than you can imagine.”