Motherwell College music students
Music students from Motherwell College celebrated St Andrew’s Day by performing at the Wallace Monument in Stirling.
In a world first, 25 young people from the HND Rock and Pop course took to the stage on three levels inside the famous tourist attraction.
The students performed acoustic folk music pieces they had written.
“We had two weeks to prepare something for the concert,” said Wishaw’s Amy Malcolm (18).
She is a guitarist and a singer, and based her performance on Robert Burns’ poems.
Amy added: “The concert was brilliant. To use Scottish folk music made it interesting because it differs from what we would normally do in class.”
Guitarist Jackson Lloyd (18), also of Wishaw, played solo as well as accompanying fellow students.
He said: “Everybody got to work together and help each other.”
Amy agreed: “Everyone supported each other as a team and that created a feeling of togetherness.”
College lecturer Scott Cowie was highly satisfied with the performance.
He said: “It couldn’t have gone any better. It was very special to hear live music performed on the top of one of the country’s, maybe the world’s, most important landmarks. The students were part of something big.
“Regardless of the path they are going to take in the future, nobody can take away from the fact that they were the first ever to play at the monument.”
Both students think performances like this is are important to future careers.
Jackson said: “There were people watching us througout the day. It’s hard to say an exact number as people came and went but we had an audience the whole day.”
Lecturer Scott added: “The fact students get the experience to perform in front of people not their friends or family is great.”