Rachael grateful to Limavady teacher for Voice encouragement

Rachael O'Connor performing on The Voice
Rachael O'Connor performing on The Voice

One of the Ulster hopefuls on BBC talent show The Voice has thanked her music teacher for encouraging her to enter the television show.

Rachael O’Connor blew away the judges on the music show, and is now being mentored by pop star Kylie Minogue.

Rachael O'Connor

Rachael O'Connor

The 16 year-old Drumsurn girl was encouraged by her music teacher at Limavady Grammar School, Dr Derek Collins, to enter the show and is now one of the emerging stars.

She said she is grateful to Dr Collins for his support.

“I’d actually like to thank Dr Collins for persuading me to audition,” she said. The school has been very supportive throughout all of this – in fact, everyone has been just great.”

Vice-Principal of the school Kaye Henry said: “Rachael is the third and youngest member of a very talented family to attend Limavady Grammar School. The whole school and local community are behind her and wish her well on ‘The Voice UK’”.

Recalling the moment she walked onstage for the television show Rachael said: “I remember walking onto the stage, and it was so quiet. I thought to myself, ’What if no one claps? What if no one cheers?’ And then I remember singing the first line and hearing the crowd scream, and I thought, ’Wow! This is crazy!’ As soon as I saw Kylie turn, I couldn’t believe it and I knew right away I’d pick her as my coach.”

Rachael’s musical experience stems from her love of musical theatre, and has seen her involvement in numerous Limavady Grammar School productions which included taking leading parts in The Wizard of Oz and Guys and Dolls.

She was the lead role of Sandy in the Millennium Forum’s 2013 production of ‘Grease’ last summer.