It’s been an amazing few weeks for former music students of NCL.
Adam Warrington accepted a NME Award as guitarist for singer/songwriter Yungblud, beating the likes of Stormzy for the Best Video accolade.
Paige Turley, former Britain’s Got Talent semi-finalist, is currently starring on Love Island, stealing the nation’s hearts and set to be a finalist.
And finally Lewis Capaldi, who needs no introduction, picked up awards for Best New Artist and Best British Single at last night’s BRIT Awards.
He was presented with the Best New Artist Award from pal Niall Horan then took to the stage a second time to accept the song of the year accolade for ‘Someone You Loved’ from music legend Tom Jones.
All students of HND Music at NCL’s Motherwell Campus in 2016, Lecturer Scott Cowie reflects on the success of the trio, and how their commitment and passion has helped propel them to career success.
He said: “I remember we once took two bands from our music course at NCL to compete in a UK wide music competition. The first round was held in the North of England where the above photo was taken. Our students worked very hard and, in my opinion, we put two bands together that were more than capable of at least reaching the final - which would later be held in one of the biggest arenas in England.
“One of our bands did make it through to the final, but weren’t even awarded a bronze which I felt was unfair, extreme bias aside.
“What made it worse is that the band in this photo didn’t even get past the first round, which I had real difficulty accepting, (again, extreme bias aside).
“Devastated at the results I asked the judges for some feedback and was told our students ‘just weren’t up to the standards’.
“Although we were deflated at the time, we encouraged the students to pick themselves up and carry on, using the rejection as a learning curve to become bigger and better. And bigger and better they certainly have become.
“Recent events prove that I wasn’t just being extremely biased towards our students. BRIT Awards, NME Awards, Britain’s Got Talent success. I don’t think there can be much more success for one group of students!
“So to all our current students starting out in their career, all our past students working hard to get where they want to be, and all our students of the future who I hope are inspired by our track record – never be discouraged and always believe in yourself. Because at NCL we will always believe in you.”
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