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LISTEN | ‘BBC School Soloist of the Year 2022’ begins featuring Dunclug College student Amy Ford

The BBC School Soloist of the Year 2022 competition heats round, begins broadcasting this week on BBC Radio Ulster, and the contest features one of Ballymena’s own young ladies, Amy Ford.

The Dunclug College student, who of course is a member or the choir, is an aspiring performer who taken the stage not only in school musicals, but also at the Dalriada Festival in Glenarm. She has also been casted in a number of local drama productions at The Braid Arts Centre, as well as singing at several community events in the town.

16-year-old Amy attended the heats round of the prestigious contest on 9 December where the talented teen wowed the judges, sailing through to the semi-finals, due to be held in Belfast next week from 10 - 13 January.

As part of the auditioning process for ‘BBC School Soloist of the Year’, Amy performed and recorded ‘Once Upon a Dream’ from The Musical Jekyll and Hyde and ‘You’ve got a Friend’ by Carole King.

Tune in tomorrow to BBC Radio Ulster as Kerry McLean welcomes pupils from across Northern Ireland to Blackstaff House in Belfast, and the search begins for BBC Northern Ireland School Soloist of the Year 2022.

There are three categories in this year’s competition, with Primary (P5 to P7, inclusive), Junior Secondary (Year 8 to 11, inclusive) and Senior Secondary (Year 12 to 14, inclusive).

This week listeners hear singers in the first of three Primary and first of six Senior Secondary heats, with two from each making it through to the semi-finals.

Best wishes for the competition, Amy!


BBC NI School Soloist Of The Year 2022 Begins Sunday 9 January | 2pm

BBC Radio Ulster & BBC Sounds App

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