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1996 Gillian McWilliams, Soprano

Singer Gillian McWilliams from Carrickfergus, who won in 1996 did not take up full-time music as a career. Instead she studied politics and history for her BA at Ulster University, and subsequently completing her Masters in Human Relations management and personnel development.  Nevertheless she continued to sing in Northern Ireland at concerts and weddings and as an enthusiastic member of the Loughside Choir until her husband’s work took him back to his native Scotland. There she works on the personnel side of the Scottish Environmental Protection Agency.