Little Belters to appear on Dragons’ Den

19 Aug 2016

Manchester based children’s choir, Little Belters, to appear on Dragons’ Den.

Opera singing sisters, Claire and Tina O’Brien, who run children’s choir, Little Belters, are set to face the dragons in the new series of Dragons’ Den, to be aired Sunday 21st August.


The pair, who grew up in Wythenshawe, teach five to 11 year olds to sing in a group setting, giving their own unique twist to classic rock anthems, current chart hits, indie anthems  and contemporary folk.

They started Little Belters in Altrincham in 2011 and now have around 150 members, running classes in Cheadle Hulme, Didsbury, Sale and Chorlton.


Claire said: “We were initially very unsure about pitching in front of the dragons for investment and whilst we can’t say anything about what happened, until after the show airs on Sunday evening, both Tina and I found it to be a great experience.  Most of all we’re really proud of our Little Belters who truly melted everyone’s hearts.”

The sisters come from a high pedigree of vocal talent. Tina studied at the Royal Northern College of Music before joining Glyndebourne as a trained opera singer, performing at the last night of the proms. Claire studied music at Hull University and then sang across the UK, Europe and the USA with highly respected chamber choir, the Joyful Company of Singers.


Tina added: “We started off simply wanting to provide a high quality group for local children where we train them to be great singers and confident performers. We have a strict no audition policy so any child that loves to sing can join. Little Belters has grown quicker than we ever expected so when the chance to pitch for the dragons came our way we thought, why not!”

“We’re not your average choir – we take on things that people would never expect children to sing like Arctic Monkeys, Kaiser Chiefs and we have recorded with European House DJs. We certainly like a challenge and after teaching a room full of 5-11 year olds every week we weren’t too scared of Deborah, Peter, Nick, Sarah & Touker!”

You can watch Little Belters on BBC2, 9pm Sunday 21st August.

Little Belters Cheadle Hulme rehearse every Wednesday, from 5-6, in Room 1 at Cheadle Hulme Methodist Church. The first session is FREE. Your child too can be a Little Belter: Contact Claire on 07779 668204 or Tina on 07740 464507

 Little Belters

Photos thanks to Chelsea Shoesmith Photography

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