Students get a masterclass

Sandi Thom with New College Lanarkshire students
Sandi Thom with New College Lanarkshire students

A Scottish triple platinum recording artist shared her experience and expertise with music students during a visit to New College Lanarkshire.

Singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Sandi Thom visited the Motherwell Campus last week prior to her gig at Glasgow venue Oran Mor.

Sandi performed an acoustic set for students on the NQ Rock and Pop, HNC/D Music Performance, HND Sound Production and HNC Radio Broadcasting courses.

Her set included the twice platinum selling song ‘Punk Rocker’ along with songs from her various albums.

Sandi also gave a guest lecture about her experience of the music industry, which included a question and answer session.

HND Sound Production students were on hand to record and live engineer Sandi’s set, whilst HNC Radio Broadcasting students staged and broadcast an interview with the singer.

HNC Music student, Kevin Sutherland said: “It’s really exciting to have an artist like Sandi Thom on the campus, to watch her perform and learn about her experience in the music industry.

“It’s not often that opportunities like this arise, and it has been a great experience.”

Music lecturer Scott Cowie added: “Sandi first became aware of our courses three years ago at the Scottish New Music Awards.

“She was awarded Artist of the Year and Blues Recording of the year, while New College Lanarkshire’s Music Performance course picked up Best Music Course in Scotland.

“Since then Sandi has kept a close eye on the development of the course and we have been able to arrange this special event.

“We would like to thank Sandi and all her team for this memorable visit to New College Lanarkshire.”

Sandi was supported at Oran Mor by New College Lanarkshire HND Music graduate and singer-songwriter Elvira Stitt.