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Vicky Cull: A Popstar in the Making

Wednesday, 10 December 2008

Vicky Cull, a Year 11 pupil at Bolton School Girls' Division, has been crowned one of six winners at the 2008 Make It Break It Awards.  There were three winners in the 14-16 age group and three winners in the 17-19 age group.  Vicky was the youngest winner in the 14-16 age group.

Vicky's prize was to attend a three day "boot camp" at the famous Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts (LIPA).  Working with professional musicians, she was given advice on how to excel in the music business.  As part of the prize, Vicky was given £1,000 of musical equipment, which she has donated to the Music Department at Bolton School where she currently studies GCSE Music. 

After each tough day at the LIPA, Vicky was accommodated at the recently opened Hard Days Night Hotel in Liverpool.  At the end of the three days, she had to perform her winning song "My Window" at a showcase for the press at the Paul McCartney Auditorium.

Vicky, who cites Kylie and Katy Perry has her influences, said: "My dad works in the music industry and he alerted me to this competition.  I found the whole experience amazing and I learnt so much from it.  The boot camp involved a band session and rehearsing with a professional house band.  There were also tutor classes with James Burton who had previously played with the likes of Elvis Presley.   I would recommend Make It Break It to anyone."

The award scheme offers a chance for young songwriters to showcase and develop their music to get to the next step.  The judging panel included Chris Martin from Coldplay, Mark Radcliffe (an Old Boy of Bolton School!), Steve Levine (producer), The Wombats, Dawn Joseph (songwriter) and other industry officials.



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Vicky will be donating £1,000 to the School's Music Department