Little Belters Didsbury - For Children Who Love To Sing
UPDATE : August 2016
Opera singing sisters, Claire and Tina O’Brien, who run children’s choir, Little Belters, are set to face the dragons in the new series of Dragons’ Den, to be aired Sunday 21st August. The pair, who grew up in Wythenshawe, teach five to 11 year olds to sing in a group setting, giving a twist to classic rock anthems, current chart hits, indie anthems and contemporary folk.
They started Little Belters in Altrincham in 2011 and now have around 150 members, running classes in Cheadle Hulme, Didsbury, Sale and Chorlton.
Claire said: “We were initially very unsure about pitching in front of the dragons for investment and whilst we can’t say anything about what happened, until after the show airs on Sunday evening, both Tina and I found it to be a great experience. Most of all we’re really proud of our Little Belters who truly melted everyone’s hearts.”
The sisters come from a high pedigree of vocal talent. Tina studied at the Royal Northern College of Music before joining Glyndebourne as a trained opera singer, performing at the last night of the proms. Claire studied music at Hull University and then sang across the UK, Europe and the USA with highly respected chamber choir, the Joyful Company of Singers.
Tina added: “We started off simply wanting to provide a high quality group for local children where we train them to be great singers and confident performers. We have a strict no audition policy so any child that loves to sing can join. Little Belters has grown quicker than we ever expected so when the chance to pitch for the dragons came our way we thought, why not!”
“We’re not your average choir - we take on things that people would never expect children to sing like Arctic Monkeys, Kaiser Chiefs and we have recorded with European House DJs. We certainly like a challenge and after teaching a room full of 5-11 year olds every week we weren’t too scared of Deborah, Peter, Nick, Sarah & Touker!”
You can watch Little Belters on BBC2, 9pm Sunday 21st August 2016.
Set up especially for 5 to 11-year-olds, Little Belters is a completely unique singing experience – it’s certainly not a traditional choir! Taught by professional singers, members learn proper singing techniques in a fun, high-energy environment.
Little Belters firmly believe that singing should be open to everyone and teaching methods ensure high performance standards regardless of entry-level ability. They want to provide local children with access to high quality choral and vocal training on their doorstep, without putting them through a daunting audition process. At Little Belters, the focus is on :
* teaching sound vocal technique
* developing happy and confident performers
* delivering a varied repertoire that captures children’s imaginations
* providing a safe and exciting environment where children can socialise with others who share a love of singing
DIDSBURY LITTLE BELTERS
Rehearsals for Little Belters Didsbury take place every Monday from 5.15pm to 6.15pm at Emmanuel Church, Barlow Moor Road, Didsbury, Manchester, M20 6TR. If you have children who LOVE singing, or who you think would benefit from Little Belters, pop along, as the group is looking for more children who love to sing to join our Didsbury group.
A free taster session is offered to any child aged 5-11 years who would like to come along and see if they enjoy what the singing group offers. The difference about Little Belters is there are no auditions. Session are run like high-energy group singing lessons, with music the children love. There are lots of exciting performances in the pipeline so now is a s good a time as any time to get your child(ren) involved. The cost is £5 per child per one-hour session, paid in advance, half-termly, but remember that the first session is a free taster session with no obligation to sign up as a member.
LITTLE BELTERS CONTACT DETAILS
Tel : Claire O'Brien: 07779 668204 or Tina O'Brien: 07740 464507
Website : http://www.littlebelters.co.uk
Twitter : http://www.twitter.co.uk/littlebelters
See The Little Belters in action, right here :