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Greatest Day for Gary Barlow's young Belfast backing singers

BY AMANDA FERGUSON

A Belfast schoolgirl says singing a solo on stage at Gary Barlow's Odyssey Arena concert was the best experience of her life.

Fourteen girls from Victoria College Belfast and six boys from RBAI were selected to sing alongside the singer-songwriter and Take That member as he kicked off his UK and Ireland tour at the Odyssey on Saturday night in front of thousands of fans.

Alexandra Dick (15), from Dunmurry, who has been singing since the age of four, led the mixed choir and sang the solo on the track Sing, which Barlow wrote for the Queen's Diamond Jubilee in 2012.

"It was the best experience of my life," Alexandra said.

"It was so amazing. So much fun.

"I wasn't that nervous. The sound check helped with that. Everyone was so excited.

"We stayed up talking about it to all hours in the morning."

The children's participation in Saturday's gig was organised by RBAI music teacher Antoinette McMichael and Victoria College music teacher Melissa Murray.

"The girls and boys were excellent," Melissa said.

"I was so proud of them. They were so professional."

"Alex was the perfect person for the solo.

"Everyone at school is on a buzz," she said.

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