Plenty of Room for 5 as Benbecula music students wow London

Celtic Connections 2012
Celtic Connections 2012

Room 5, a band formed by five music students who met while studying at Lews Castle College UHI in Benbecula last year, played the Albert Hall in London last week as part of the Music For Youth Schools Prom.

The five, who were the only Scottish representatives to make it to London, are now studying and performing all over the UK, performed at two events in the run up to the Albert Hall gig and were supported by the University of the Highlands and Islands Student Development Fund.

Anna-Wendy Stevenson, Course Director of the University of the Highlands and Islands new BA in Applied Music and tutor in Benbecula said: “They worked hard, and played to the Royal Albert Hall in London - Music for Youth Concert. They were interviewed by Classic FM and they brought the house down. I am so happy for them and proud of them for their motivation and hard work.”

The group played a variety of Scottish pieces including Gaelic song and pipe music, together with some more contemporary traditional material.

Band member, Robbie Greig added: “We felt privileged to be representing the University of the Highlands and Islands and even Scotland on such a globally renowned stage. The other performers and staff at the hall were very excited to hear the Highland pipes, and appeared to be impressed with our execution of the pieces.

“It was a great feeling playing on stage to all those watching, with music that so closely reflected our own culture and our studies at Lews Castle College UHI last year.”

Music for Youth is a national music education charity providing free access to performance and audience opportunities for young musicians across the UK.