Edinburgh-born Colin was brought up in Peebles in the Scottish Borders. He won an assisted place at St Mary’s Music School, Edinburgh, where he studies violin, viola and composition. Since the age of ten Colin has been set on a career in classical music performance. Towards that end, his ambition is to study music at one of the London music conservatoires.
Colin led the NYOS Strings in their 2007 Spring concert and performs with the RSAMD Orchestra, the Salomon Chamber Orchestra and the Yetholm Sinfonia. He is leader of the Borders Chamber Orchestra and has co-led the Peebles Orchestra. He also leads both the orchestra and the top quartet in St Mary’s Music School. In earlier years, he performed with Scotland’s Children’s and Youth Orchestras. Colin recently held his first solo recital in Cumbria.
Colin currently plays on a borrowed violin. He is considered to be an exceptionally gifted young violinist both technically and musically and one of the most able violinists in the School.
How the Award Helped
The Dewar Arts Award enabled Colin to buy a quality violin to take into his studies and performing career.
Since the Award
Colin writes that having a new violin and bow has changed his career and life. He successfully auditioned for the Royal College of Music studying with Donna-Lee Croft. He played in many college ensembles and co-led the string ensemble. He sat as leader in a number of student-run orchestras and set up and conducts an orchestra in Ealing Abbey. Colin writes, "I feel that most of this would not have been possible if I had not been able to purchase my new violin; it has also improved vastly over the year and is sounding fantastic."