Ayrshire College students to perform at SQA Awards

Ayrshire College students to perform at SQA Awards

Two HNC Music students from Ayrshire College have been selected to perform at the SQA Star Awards in Glasgow’s Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum this November.

The SQA contacted all of Scotland’s colleges seeking a star performer for this year’s ceremony. 19-year-old Annabel Thornett was encouraged to apply by her lecturers, who had been impressed with her singing voice throughout her Access to HNC Music course last year.

Annabel had to write 100 words about herself and include a video of at least one performance. The SQA then came to Ayrshire College to hear her perform live, with HNC Music classmate Kieran Robertson accompanying her on acoustic guitar during the audition.

This week the SQA got in touch with Annabel to let her know that they excelled in the audition, and will now perform in front of hundreds of guests at the SQA Star Awards on 9 November 2018.

Annabel will perform two songs at the 2018 SQA Star Awards, with Kieran - who was also on the Access to HNC Music course last year - on acoustic guitar.

Annabel said “It’s so nice to be asked to do it. The SQA is the exam board in Scotland so it feels like a great achievement.

“I just wrote a little about myself coming to Ayrshire four years ago from Essex, and about my music: the genres that I do - pop, R&B, soul, the collaborations that I did with the Sound Production students last year, and the acoustic gigs that I’ve done.

“I enjoy performing, but I’m not so keen on the build-up to it! I’m getting there though - it’s a confidence thing. Every time I perform I feel like I’m getting more comfortable doing it. Last year helped a lot as we had to do performances in front of the class every week, and had assessment gigs inside and outside of the College.”

Annabel was initially studying towards a career as a Cabin Crew member, but last year took the decision to focus on music.

She said “I don’t know why I didn’t do music as soon as I left school. I’ve always enjoyed singing and my older sister does it. I was enjoying my cabin crew course but deep down I knew what I wanted to be doing. I kept thinking ‘would I be happy doing this as a career?’ when in the back of my mind I knew I wanted to be doing music.

“I would really love to become a singer/songwriter.”

Murray Baxter, lecturer at Ayrshire College, said "Annabel and Kieran have progressed onto our HNC Music programme this year and I'm delighted they've been selected to perform at the SQA Awards. As well as her incredible voice, what has impressed me the most about Annabel is her eagerness to learn and improve as a musician. They are both model students and having worked closely with them I'm confident they will have a great future in the music industry."

Jean Blair, SQA Director of Operations, said: “We’re thrilled that Annabel and Kieran will be performing at SQA Star Awards 2018. All the entertainment on the night will be provided by students working towards SQA qualifications, and their contribution will help make it a really special evening. I’m sure our finalists and other guests will be thoroughly impressed by Annabel and Kierans’ performance.”

1 October 2018

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