Belfast Telegraph

Making The Difference - a night to remember

By Victoria O'Hara

It was a remarkable night filled with emotional stories and stunning entertainment. In the historic surroundings of the Grand Opera House Northern Ireland’s unsung heroes were recognised.



The night, however, also showcased the very best of local talent.

Directed and produced by West End star Peter Corry the gala evening was filled with music, dance, drama and comedy from more than 130 performers.

The stage came alive with musical numbers by Belfast Community Gospel Choir and performances from teenage dance group Razzle Dazzle and young dancers from Laura Walker Ballet School.

A breathtaking performance from the talented young cast of Les Miserable, who sold out the New Theatre in Newtownabbey last year, also wowed the audience .

A beautiful display by synchronised aerialists Barren Carrousel who descended from the stage ceiling also entertained the hundreds of guests.

The night was brought to a spectacular close with Mr Corry performing himself and alongside the talented 37 strong cast of Les Mis.

“It was lovely to have been asked to be involved in something that was brand new,” he said. “We were trying to bring a new slant and direction to the ceremony and I think the Making the Difference Awards was a great success.”

Mr Corry added that it was “fantastic” every performer on stage was from Northern Ireland.

“There was a wonderful variety of performer on the night and it gave a great opportunity for young people to perform in the beautiful surroundings of the Grand Opera House.”

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