Midlothian’s little voices become big stars at contest

Little Voices Big Stars, at Lasswade Centre

Little Voices Big Stars, at Lasswade Centre

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A pop singing group from Midlothian recently took the best singing/musical theatre group title at the Stars of Scotland final.

Little Voice Big Stars was founded three years ago, and practice at Lasswade Centre every week.

Last month they walked away with the Stars of Scotland trophy after impressing at the Glasgow event.

The group’s founder Yvonne Williams (37) said: “I’m really chuffed. It was our first ever competition that we have entered, so to win is great.

“I think it was because we are different. Most of the others were musical theatre. Whereas we do more modern stuff. At the final we performed Jason Derulo’s ‘Want to Want Me’’.

“We took 23 kids to Glasgow. Firstly we had an audition in November. Then the final last month.

“They are aged nine to 14. It’s all girls except one boy.

“I think just the hard work that was put in did it. We had extra rehearsals.

“Nicholas McDonald from the X Factor was one of the judges. It was great beforehand, because we had tweets of support from KT Tunstall and Keith Jack.

“We sang for two hours at Tesco to cover travel costs, raising £650. The generosity of the people was amazing. We had £20 notes in our collection. It was just amazing.”

Yvonne explained more about the group: “We started by teaching 6-16 year olds. We now do 4-16, and provide adult classes too.

“It’s like a choir, but it’s more pop and up to date. I think we are really different.

“There are 180 of us now. We have got people coming out from Edinburgh to join us. We started at Bonnyrigg Rose. Now we are at Lasswade. We love it there.

“We have done a lot, including the George Street Christmas lights switch on.”