Edinburgh rocks for students

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NQ Rock & Pop and HNC/D Music students from Motherwell College’s performing arts department took to the capital to raise money and awareness for the Teenage Cancer Trust (TCT).

Taking a break from their studies over Easter, the students performed on top of Princes Mall ahead of releasing their debut album, The Showcase.

Their performance came just days after two of the students, Ron North and Mathew McConnell, were invited to a TCT fundraiser at London’s Royal Albert Hall as guests of the Beatson Cancer Centre where they met singer Noel Gallagher and Scottish rock band Primal Scream.

Ron, who was diagnosed with cancer in 2009, said: “To get to meet one of my heroes, Noel Gallagher, was unbelievable. I told him about the album we have put together and everything we were doing at the college and he was very supportive.”

Following their return from London, Mathew and Ron joined fellow music students for rehearsals, before performing in their first outdoor event held in Edinburgh.

Motherwell College’s Rock & Pop and HNC/D Music course was named Best Music Course in Scotland in 2011 and continues to attract industry experts such as GR management’s Rab Andrew, who recently lectured students.

Head of the beauty, sport and performing arts David McShane said: “To perform in front of audiences is crucial for our students and we strive to make the course interactive, giving students the practical experience they require.

“From the Wallace Monument in Stirling to the capital’s Princes Mall, we are committed to promoting our students and their music and we know these experiences will give them confidence, essential to performance and their futures.

“Supporting the TCT is important to the college and our students, some of whom have relied upon the practical support and advice this service offers young people living with cancer.”