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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
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
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.