2008

Bede Williams

Bede Williams Music, Conducting

New Zealand-born Bede Williams came to Scotland in 2003 as an Associated Board International Scholar to study at the RSAMD. He graduated with a first-class honours degree.


Ben McNeill

Ben McNeill Film, Production

In 2005 Ben applied for a course on filmmaking offered by the Prince’s Trust and since then has set his sights on making a career in film production.


Blair Mowat

Blair Mowat Music, Composition

From Edinburgh, Blair studied composition from an early age. It has been an ambition of his to write music for film since a young age.


Calum Tonner

Calum Tonner Music, Trumpet

Calum is an exceptional trumpet player for his age with bags of potential and motivation. He is currently on the RSAMD Youthworks programme.


Daljinder Singh

Daljinder Singh

Originally from Yorkshire, Daljinder has lived in Scotland for four years, first working as a trainee drama worker with the TAG Theatre Company and later with many other well-known Scottish theatre companies.


Daniel Rainey

Daniel Rainey Music, Violin

Glasgow-born Daniel says simply that ‘music is my life'. He started to learn the piano at the age of six, quickly followed by the violin.


David Gray

David Gray Music, Piano

David first played the piano by ear when he was four and started to have lessons when he was five. Since then, all he has wanted to be was a concert pianist.


David Smith

David Smith Music, Flute

Fife’s David Smith started to learn the flute when he was 14 and after six month’s of playing decided that was what he wanted to do for the rest of his life. He won the Wind Finals of the 2008 BBC Young Musician of the Year.


Dominique Collins

Dominique Collins Dance, Musical Theatre

Dominique started dancing at the relatively late age, for a dancer, of 12. Her early teachers consider her to be one of the most talented Scottish dancers at the moment.


Elaine Woo MacGregor

Elaine Woo MacGregor Visual Arts, Painting

Edinburgh-born Elaine is equally comfortable in both Chinese and Western cultures. From a young age she went to the Chinese school where she was taught Chinese poetry and calligraphy.


Eoghainn MacLean

Eoghainn MacLean Film

Eoghainn has wanted to be a film director for as long as he can remember. He writes film scripts, but his real passion is in visual storytelling.


Eve Smith

Eve Smith Visual Arts

Glasgow-born Eve is very proud of her Polish heritage. She graduated from Edinburgh College of Art with an ambition to work in the visual arts.


Fingal McKiernan

Fingal McKiernan Drama, Acting

Fingal discovered a talent and passion for theatre at the age of 15. He was a member of the National Youth Theatre and was their representative for the City of Edinburgh.


Fiona Scott

Fiona Scott Music, Opera Singing

Lancashire-born Fiona started her studies at the RNCM in Manchester. She moved to Scotland in 2006 to pursue postgraduate opera studies at the RSAMD.


Fraser Russell

Fraser Russell Music, Tuba

Fraser, who hails from Carnoustie, started to play the tuba at the age of 14. He is studying music at the RSAMD.


Helen Cuinn

Helen Cuinn Drama

Helen's interest in drama dates back to the age of 10 when she joined the wonderfully-named drama class ‘Terrifically Adventurous Youth Theatre’. She was spotted then as a potential performance talent.


Jack Fawcett

Jack Fawcett Music, Percussion

Jack started playing percussion at the age of 15 and made remarkable progress in a short space of time. For the last two years of his schooling, he studied percussion at the Aberdeen City Music School.


Jack Henry

Jack Henry Dance

Jack started to learn to dance at a dance school in Renfrewshire. During his time there he was selected for both the Scottish Ballet’s Junior Associates Scheme and the Royal Ballet School’s Mid-Associate Scheme showing his early promise.


James Wood

James Wood Film, Animation

James graduated from Gray’s School of Art in 2007 where he studied painting and drawing. His ambition was to work in 3D computer animation.


Jemma McMonagle

Jemma McMonagle Music, Harp

Fourteen-year-old Jemma demonstrated a fine musicianship from the start and has the ability to play a number of instruments with stunning sensitivity and maturity for her age.


Jon Savage

Jon Savage Dance

Rutherglen-born Jon started his training in dance at the Dance School of Scotland, where he showed exceptional talent from the start. He decided early on that he wanted to become a professional dancer.


Jonathan Cheyne

Jonathan Cheyne Music, Pipes

Jonathan learnt to play the Highland bagpipes at the age of 12 and quickly developed a passion to play and perform.


June Naylor

June Naylor Music, Harp

Born in Inverness and brought up on Skye, June is a member of award-winning band ‘Bodega’, winners of the BBC2 Young Folk Award.


Kate McDermott

Kate McDermott Music, Clarinet

Hailing from Lanark, Kate received her first degree at the Royal College of Music in London. She returned to Glasgow to pursue a Master of Music at the RSAMD.


Katherine Brown

Katherine Brown Crafts, Knitwear Design, Textiles

Katherine specialises in knitwear design and says that her designs are both wearable and conceptual.


Laura Kelly

Laura Kelly Music, Opera Singing

When she was seven Laura Kelly, from Moodiesburn, joined the Scottish Children’s National Chorus and the National Youth Choir of Scotland. Her passion for singing continued, and she went on to study singing at the RSAMD.


Laura Sergeant

Laura Sergeant Music, Cello

Currently studying ‘cello at the RSAMD, Glasgow, Laura is a member of the Nova String Quartet which was formed in 2006 by a group of students.


Liam Harley

Liam Harley Music, Flute, Pipes

From a musical family, Liam started to learn music on a penny whistle, quickly graduating to the concert flute. He is now extremely accomplished on both instruments and is the 2008 Scottish flute and whistle champion.


Linsay Croall

Linsay Croall Visual Arts, Printmaking

After graduation, Linsay worked as a print-maker where she developed an interest in lithography, which is a dwindling artform in Scotland.


Lisa Norman

Lisa Norman Music, Horn

Lisa, from Hawick, graduated from Edinburgh University with a first-class honours degree in music and the final year dissertation prize.


Lynne MacLachlan

Lynne MacLachlan Crafts, Jewellery, Silversmithing

Paisley-born Lynne MacLachlan is one of several jewellers supported by a Dewar Arts Award. Graduate of Duncan of Jordanstone College, Lynne won both a Goldsmith Precious Metal Bursary and a Cross Trust Vacation Award in her final year at college.


Lynsey Murdoch

Lynsey Murdoch Film, Acting, Literature, Writing

Hailing from Cambuslang, Lynsey was described as a ‘… new star of Scottish Theatre in the making’ for her performance in ‘Mad Cow’ at the Arches Theatre in Glasgow.


Malcy Duff

Malcy Duff Visual Arts, Cartoon

From Edinburgh, Malcy Duff published his first comic, ‘Zero Termite’, when he was 19. He is now one of Scotland’s best-regarded independent cartoonists, and his work has been described as ‘eye-poppingly scary’.


Maryam Sheran

Maryam Sheran Music, Piano

From Aberdeenshire, Maryam enjoys playing both classical and traditional music on both piano and violin and over the years has won many local competitions in both genres


Mhari Baird

Mhari Baird Music, Flute

Hailing from East Ayrshire, flautist Mharhi is a diverse musician and a natural performer.


Morag Keil

Morag Keil Visual Arts

Morag works as a multi-disciplinary artist in Glasgow where she is part of the thriving art scene. she has exhibited in both Scotland and abroad.


Niall Macdonald

Niall Macdonald Visual Arts, Sculpture

Niall was born and raised in the remote Outer Hebrides. He now lives in Glasgow and works alongside some of Scotland’s most successful contemporary visual artists at the new Glasgow Sculpture Studios.


Patricia Orr

Patricia Orr Music, Opera Singing

Patricia is completing her opera training at the prestigious National Opera Studio, considered to be the main UK launch-pad for great opera careers.


Rachel Steele

Rachel Steele Music, Cello

Rachel began learning the ‘cello on an instrument which belonged to her grandfather. She was a student on the Junior RSAMD programme, studying both ‘cello and clarinet, where she received a number of scholarships.


Rachel Watson

Rachel Watson Music, Saxophone

When Rachel heard Russell Cowieson play in a jazz concert, she fell in love with the saxophone.


Richard Hackett

Richard Hackett Dance

Richard performed his first main ballet role when he was 15 years, as James in La Sylphide by the Scottish Ballet. He was a talented student winning a number of prestigious prizes and awards along the way.


Robert Anderson

Robert Anderson Music, Cello

Starting first at the RSAMD Junior Department, Robert was awarded the Stevenson Scholarship by RSAMD to continue his studies there as an undergraduate, during which time he won numerous prizes.


Ryan Sullivan

Ryan Sullivan Music, Bassoon

Ryan is one of a number of up-and-coming musical talents currently studying at the RSAMD Junior Academy, and at 15 he is the youngest student of the bassoon.


Samantha Shields

Samantha Shields Musical Theatre

Samantha has already had a taste of film acting, having played the lead role in the Scottish feature film “Wild Country” alongside Peter Capaldi and Martin Compston.


Sara Barker

Sara Barker Visual Arts

Sara Barker has lived in Scotland for over 10 years. At art school, she won the Emy Sachs Award for Female Artists.


Sarah Markey

Sarah Markey Music, Flute

Sarah is a highly talented, multi-instrumentalist with a passion for playing music. She started playing the flute when she was 8 years old and, later, the harp and penny whistle.


Scott Galbraith

Scott Galbraith Music, Violin

Scott comes from a family of three musical brothers. Currently a student of violin, Scott had been using a violin on loan from the City of Edinburgh Music School where he was a pupil.


Sean Shibe

Sean Shibe Music, Guitar

Sean’s first public solo was at the Queen’s Hall, Edinburgh when he was eight years’ old, as part of the Edinburgh Schools Showcase Concert. In 2007, still only 15, he performed his first full, solo public recital in Edinburgh.


Sharon Young

Sharon Young Drama, Acting

Sharon gained a first degree in Eng. Lit. before going on to study acting at RSAMD, where she has impressed with her range, depth and wit.


Shaun McLaughlin

Shaun McLaughlin Dance

Shaun started his dance studies at the Dance School of Scotland. Despite no previous training, he made remarkable progress and is now studying at the Elmhurst School of Dance, with links to the renowned Birmingham Royal Ballet.


Shian Blackwood

Shian Blackwood Music, Harp

Shian enjoys playing traditional music but wants to experiment with different electronic effects to bring clàrsach playing into the forefront of modern music.


Sophie Neil

Sophie Neil Film, Production Design

Fife-born Sophie Neil studied drama and theatre arts at Goldsmiths College, London after leaving school. She went on to gain an MA with distinction in Scenography at the Central School of Speech and Drama.


Stephanie Irvine

Stephanie Irvine Music, Harp

Twelve-year old Stephanie from Gartmore is both a strong singer and extremely talented clàrsach player. She has already recorded a Burns song for ITV’s South Bank Show.


Victoria Armstrong

Victoria Armstrong Drama, Acting

Before going on to higher education, Victoria was part of the ‘Rainbow Factory’ drama group in Belfast for five years. She moved to Glasgow to study at the RSAMD.


Wui Man (Raymond) Yui

Wui Man (Raymond) Yui Music, Piano

Wui Man (also known as Raymond) is a gifted young pianist, who moved to Aberdeen with his mother in the early 2000’s and was supported in his studies at the Aberdeen City Music School. 


Aidan Crosbie

Aidan Crosbie Music, Banjo

Aidan started playing traditional music at the age of six when he joined Comhaltas, playing banjo, whistle and drums


James Harrison

James Harrison Film, Cinematography

James has always wanted to work in films, behind the camera as a director of photography.