Holly Lawson

ARTFORMS: Music , Violin


Everyone who hears Holly Lawson sing agrees that they are listening to someone with an extra-special talent. One of her referees heard her sing when she was a secondary school pupil at the National Centre of Excellence in Traditional Music in Plockton and was struck by the power and intensity and maturity of her voice. Her voice tutor at Berklee College of Music, Boston, where she is now studying, was ‘blown away’ from the moment she first her Holly sing.

As a first semester student, Holly won a coveted solo spot in the twice-yearly sold-out Singers Night Concert hosted by Berklee, which is a remarkable achievement in itself. She received a standing ovation for her performance. Holly is considered to be one of the most gifted traditional singers of her generation.

Native of the Isle of Skye, Holly was unsuccessful the first time she was nominated for a Dewar Arts Award. Undaunted, she raised money to get herself to Boston for one semester, believing passionately that this was the place where she could fully develop and train her voice.

How the Award Helped

The Dewar Arts Awards is helping to fund Holly through her studies at Berklee.

Since the Award

Holly writes that "being a student at Berklee has allowed me to learn about all aspects of music so that I am now a confident, enthusiastic and well-rounded musician." She concludes that "I have a burning desire to succeed in the music industry and the tools I have learned here have enabled me to go out and make it happen."

Singing and music is my life, it is a part of who I am and is something which I have a burning desire to do well