Students join Jack Whitehall on Hydro stage

Students from New College Lanarkshire swapped their studies for the stage, the biggest in Scotland, after joining comedian Jack Whitehall on his UK tour, ‘Stood Up’.

BA Musical Theatre, HNC and HND Music students performed alongside the comedian at the SECC Hydro in Glasgow on 19 and 20 November. The 10 students formed part of his final act, performing as backing vocalists and dancers in the explosive end to the show. HND Music student, Chloe Dawkins, said:

“It was great to be onstage with my fellow classmates at such a prestigious event. Jack was really welcoming and very complimentary of our performance. Having been on the music course for the second year running, we have gained a considerable amount of performance experience which has set us up all well for working at a professional level.”

The students performed at The Hydro after a day of auditions at the College’s Motherwell Campus for the BBC’s Little Mix – The Search competition, which is looking for incredible singers to form a brand new band to support Little Mix on their UK Summer Tour 2020.

HNC Music student, Lauren Kelly, said:   “We had a class in the morning, met with the BBC afterwards to audition, then rushed to the Hydro in Glasgow to meet with Jack and his team to get ready to perform. We are all having such a great experience in performance classes, while learning about the business side of things too and it’s events like this which make us all proud to be part of a course with such a great reputation in the industry.”

Lecturer Scott Cowie, said:   “Our music courses have a great reputation across Scotland and beyond and we endeavour to provide all our students with the best and most varied experiences available.

In the hunt for performers to join him onstage, Jack’s management got in touch directly – which I imagine comes after a year of fantastic publicity for the courses with our alumni including international superstar (and America’s sweetheart) Lewis Capaldi, Adam Warrington from Yungblud and the award winning Matthew McGoldrick from the Vegan Leather.

I am exceptionally proud of how the students conducted themselves through these high pressure situations, showcasing themselves as true professionals ready for anything the industry throws at them.”

New College Lanarkshire has a range of Music and Performing Arts courses. For more information, search New College Lanarkshire.


Day Trippers

The BA Sound Production students last week had the very fortunate opportunity to take over one of Scotland’s most famous and influential studios for the day: Chem19.

Not only did they get a chance to see at first hand the renowned studios and equipment, but with the help of two bands, Catholic Action and The Kundalini Genie, they were also able to take part in the recording process. This resulted in the students getting hands on experience producing tracks for both bands.

Courtesy of Chem19 owners and in house engineers, Paul and Jamie Savage, the students were given a masterclass in recording and production techniques. Both Paul and Jamie illustrated their own studio workflow and spoke about their journey within the industry, how the label and studio came into being, and discussed equipment and production approach.

The overall day gave the BA students both an enlightening and eye opening experience of what it takes to work at the highest level within the Music Industry. Our sincere thanks to both Paul and Jamie for their time and expertise. A big thank you also to Catholic Action and The Kundalini Genie for providing the tunes, we couldn’t have done it without you! Check out both the bands in the links below – you’ll thank us for it!!


Super Troupers record Christmas Nativity Songs

As in previous years the pupils of St Andrews Primary Cumbernauld arrived at the studios last week to record songs in preparation for their Christmas Nativity. This year the HND sound production crew had six tracks to record for the schools’ nativity event, all of which were based on Abba songs.

The choir, which was over twenty strong, was in fine voice and their performance of reworked ABBA hits perfectly highlighted their vocal skills and the recordings were definately on the “Money, Money Money”. Managing such a big group of artists was made easy by the good work and coordination of the HND students and the wonderful teachers and staff from St Andrews who accompanied the youngsters.

HND Sound Production student Ross Merriless said, “This was a fantastic opportunity to work and communicate with a different kind of clientele to what we are normally used to, and put into practice the studio skills we have learned so far in class”.


St Andrews Edit


Former HND Music Student, Lewis Capaldi scores first US number one

Former HND Music Student, Lewis Capaldi scores first US number one with ‘Someone You Loved’. The Scottish singer/songwriter’s track, which featured on his debut album ‘Divinely Uninspired to a Hellish Extent’, has already achieved chart success in the UK, where it went to the top of the singles chart back in March. The singer celebrated by painting his face in the style of the Stars and Stripes. ‘Someone You Loved’ has now reached number one in the US, topping the Billboard Hot 100 in the chart dated November 2. It is the 1,091st number one in the Hot 100’s six-decade history, and spent 23 weeks in the US charts before reaching the top of the pile.


The dead can dance…

Course lecturers and HND Sound Production students took their Spatial Recording project activities outwith the classroom last week when they visited the world renowned Hamilton Mausoleum. The location is famous among acoustic aficionados for once holding the record for the longest reverb within any man-made structure in the world (a record surpassed by the oil container chambers at Inchindown, Invergordon which the department visited the year previously – see HERE).

The grandiose stone structure with eye catching Roman-styled domed roof played host to a series of recording and playback experiments in which the students took full advantage of the mausoleum’s unique acoustical features. Students played back a series of specially curated instrumental compositions, performed a convolution reverberation capture of the space and even recorded a group chant with hauntingly effective results.

Course lecturer David Burnett said, “It’s been a fantastic opportunity to bring students to this wonderful location and get to experience at first hand the interaction of sound within this acoustically distinctive environment. We’ve managed to achieve a lot in the two hours we had and that’s testement to the professionalism of our guys. I think we’re all really happy with the results.”.

You can hear some of the work that took place HERE though note that these binaural recordings will require headphones for the most immersive playback experience.