A Bronze Award, A Farcical Production and Marathon Run!!

Friday already and time for our weekly blog, we have a few stories and photos for you this time, so enjoy the read.

First this week is a big Congratulations to the Stow College Marketing Department, who won the Bronze Award in the Integrated Marketing Campaign of the Scottish Colleges Marketing Awards.  The Marketing Awards and Annual Conference, which was held on the 23rd of February in the Royal Hotel, was a celebration of the excellent marketing practice in Scotland’s colleges and colleges from across Scotland were recognised for their hard work in a number of categories.  For a full list of categories and the winners, visit the Scotland’s Colleges website and well done again to our Marketing Team.

Now for some Creative Industries updates.  On Thursday the 16th of February, several of our NC, HN1 and HN2 Sound Production students visited the BBC studios in Pacific Quay at the invitation of the Audio Engineering Society (Scotland branch).  The evening included talks on the technical aspects of the move from Queen Margaret Drive, their sound desk and communications systems, followed by a tour of the studio facilities.  The highlight (for students and staff) was the tour of the studios and control rooms. The talks were quite intensive, and although sometimes struggling to understand the content, the students appreciated the information, found it interesting, and gained an insight into possible career opportunities.

Also David Hughes has let us know that our TV production Learners, who have been working, under the supervision of Stella Tobia and Fiona McEwan, with the GFT to record many of the interviews and events that occur during the Glasgow Film Festival.  The link below takes you to the Festival site where many of the short video clips  -typically 3 minutes are posted.  These are interviews with Directors etc. discussing their films.  These clips are a sample of some of the completed work of out Learners and demonstrate the standard to which they are working.

If you want to see some of the work from our Learners then have a look at the GFF website: 6th down – Decoy Bride, 7th Down – Cloudburst and 12th  down – The Monk.  Given that this goes out to an International audience it is tremendous marketing for the College.

Next a performance, Stow College’s Stowaways are set to have audiences laughing in their seats with their version of a classic comic farce when the theatre group take on their biggest show yet, the 1982 classic British comedy Noises Off.  Dave, who directs the show, said: “Noises Off is a big production, it requires a massive set which revolves as it is a play within a play”, however the technical theatre students took on that challenge.  The small cast of nine will portray the tangled relationships at the fictional drama group and the farce that follows.  Claire Grant, Brian Farrell, Phillip Toop, Jacqueline McDade, Erin Elkin, Nicky Gibb, Laura-Catherine Woods, Noel Boyd and Matthew Topping will debut the show at Rutherglen Town Hall on Wednesday, February 29.  Curtain up at 7.30pm, tickets priced £9/£6.50 concession. To buy tickets call the theatre box office on 0141 613 5700.

The last two pieces of Creative Industries news come from Mark Baillie.  We are pleased to announce that we will renew the partnership established last year between Stow College and Material, the Marketing company behind T in the Park. This will involve a Music Business 2nd-tear student assuming responsibility for various aspects of the annual T-break project, including marketing, social networking, liasing with press and radio contacts, and acting as artist liaison on-site at T in the Park. The following interview between George Kyle of Tennent’s and Geoff Ellis of DF concerts makes reference to the partnership – Interview Link.

Also Electric Honey South by SouthWest hopefuls Woodenbox will play a special fundraiser in King Tuts on March the 9th, the eve of their US tour.  Electric Honey would like to wish them, and label mates French Wives, who have also garnered a prestigious festival slot, every success in capitalising on this tremendous opportunity.

Related to the same faculty, but on different track, we have a man with a mission – Mr Douglas McIntyre.  Douglas is attempting to run the Edinburgh Marathon to raise money for Down’s Syndrome Scotland. This year DSS celebrates 30 years of working to improve the quality of life for everyone with Down’s syndrome and their families. Douglas has never run a marathon before, and assumes it’s a mid-life crisis on turning 50!  The training is a slog, but he is determined to make it, and he promises to give us a picture of him crossing the finishing line.  Douglas’s 8 year old daughter Matilda has Down’s syndrome and is an inspiration to the family and everyone who meets her.  DSS has been an invaluable source of support and information, so this is a cause close to his heart and any donation would be greatly appreciated.

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Next …… Douglas Thomson has passed on the following piece of news.  On Wednesday 25th January an enthusiastic group of S3 girls from Notre Dame High received an award for successfully completing a “French for Work” unit last term. The girls produced original websites using Dream-weaver. The initiative was another successful interdisciplinary partnership between Glasgow City Council, Stow College and Celtic Learning Centre. The participants were presented with a certificate by Celtic player Dylan McGeouch in the Number 7 restaurant.  If you are interested in seeing some of the work produced, you can see it by visiting the website.  Well done girls!!

That’s just about us again for the week, but before we go Ken McCluskey has been telling us about a gig he played with his brother at the CCA on Saturday the 25th of February.  The gig was organised by another member of the Stow staff, Ishbel Murray, from Stow West for a Ceol’s craic.  The event saw popular Scottish musician Alasdair Roberts launch his new album and folk duo The McCluskey Brothers, both founding members of the chart-topping Scottish eighties guitar band The Bluebells, brought their brand of jangly folk music to the busy evening programme.

Well we are finished for now, but make sure you come back again next Friday for more updates.


Music Festivals, A Rally and A Fantastic Opportunity!

The end of another week and just a teeny, tiny bit closer to Spring, when we will get just as much rain, but it may be warmer.  To take away the chill just now we have a few great stories and updates for you so let’s get started.

A few weeks ago we told you about the success of the Electric Honey label and how Woodenbox with a Fistful of Fivers  and The French Wives have been signed up to perform in front of crowds of thousands at the South by SouthWest Music Festival, which takes place in March in Austin, Texas.  Well we have a bit more information for you.

The event, which has taken place every year since 1987, draws music lovers from across the world with an eclectic mix of genres and styles. To make it onto such a huge billing, the bands had to go through a tough bidding process to receive funding from Creative Scotland. The money gained was then used to submit ‘press kits’ to judges in the USA. Finally both acts had to persuade a South by SouthWest panel.

Mark Baillie, Lecturer in Creative Industries at Stow College, said: “South by SouthWest is simply huge. Both Woodenbox and The French Wives are fast becoming established music names, but after this festival they are sure to get big career boosts. This is the first time acts signed to Electric Honey have performed at the event, so we’re naturally completely delighted.”  Mark added: “Electric Honey has built up a fierce reputation in the music business. Making it to South by SouthWest is another achievement along an amazing road of success.  So congratulations to both bands and Electric Honey on this fantastic achievement.

Now for some great news from Archie Dickson.  Once again Stow College Students have been invited to be part of one of Glasgow’s most prestigious events; the Glasgow Film Festival.  1st and 2nd year students from Stow College’s TV production course are currently involved in a variety of high profile roles for 10 events (for the duration of the event) at this year’s event, these will include filming interviews with many of the directors, screenwriters and cast from the featured films and providing completed edits of these interviews for inclusion on the GFT website.  Having opportunities like these enhances the value of the course and gives the students invaluable experience of the industry.

More from our Creative Industries Faculty, but this time it’s about a performances.  The production was held at the Theatre Royal with 31 of our 1st and 2nd year HND Professional Stage Dance Students involved. Stow’s contribution to the production was a fourteen minute condensed piece from Shakespeare’s famous stage play Romeo and Juliet.  The Stow students were integral to the success of the opening ceremony for the show on Valentines Day and were asked to conclude the event on the Saturday at the final gala performance. Students by being involved in this spectacular show achieved and completed their assessments in Advanced Performance Skills as a result.  Stow’s part in this production was a result of the close partnership that has been established over the past 4years between Stow College and Creative Learning Team at the Kings Theatre and the Theatre Royal.

Next an event and also an opportunity that you may be interested in.  First, on Saturday the 25th of February Unite Against Facism (UAF) will have a Rally and Music Event in George Square beginning at 12 noon.  This is to celebrate a multicultural Glasgow and also to show the Scottish Defence League, who are planning to hold a demonstration on the same day, that we will not tolerate their racist views or violent methods.  ‘Glasgow has a proud history of challenging prejudice and promoting equality’.  If you would like more information, please read the attached leaflet or visit the UAF website.

You will want to know about that opportunity now, well Bernadette Kelly from a television company called Twofour.  Bernadette has told us that they are currently making a new business series with the help of Richard Reed, the co-founder of Innocent Smoothies.  This is where you come in, they are looking for 500 young entrepreneurs to pitch their business ideas to Mr Reed.  To take part you need to be over 18 to apply and you will have either started a small business or have a great idea that you really want to follow through with.  Mr Reed will give £100 to 500 people who will then have to video diary what they have used the money on. They will then be invited to an Expo in May where the entrants will be whittled down and given a larger amount of money, until he is left with one who he will invest up to a million in.  This is a great opportunity for a young entrepreneur to give them a chance to get started.  A website with all the information you need will be launched on Monday so make sure you check Facebook and Twitter for the address.

Finally for this week, the college is having a Healthy Heart Week Awareness Campaign in the college, starting today (Friday the 25th February). You only have one heart and you need to take care of it, so keep an eye out for hints, tips and guidelines displayed around the college on how to keep yourself and your heart healthy.  You can also get helpful leaflet and booklets from the British Heart Foundation website.

Well that’s us, see you all back here again next Friday.