Students from University of the West of Scotland (UWS) have taken to the stage at major festivals in France and Germany.

Christie Oliver and The Monocasters performed in front of a 10,000-strong crowd at La Fête de la Musique in Aix-en-Provence, while

Karla Rose & The West End Trio and solo act Eve Davidson performed at the well-known Immecke Festival near Cologne in Germany.

The opportunities arose through EuroGig – a long-running initiative which gives students from the University’s highly-regarded Music courses the opportunity to play abroad, and emerging European artists the chance to perform in the UK.

Photo: Christie Oliver
Photo Credit: UWS

Since it was established 25-years ago, more than 1,000 students from 10 different nations have benefitted from the programme; gaining valuable international experience both on-stage, and behind the scenes.

Allan Dumbreck, Senior Lecturer of Music, Art, Performance and International Development at UWS, said: “Studying Music at UWS is a truly international experience, and the long-running EuroGig programme is a perfect example of this.

“Performing in front of audiences of this size can be daunting, but our students took the stage with confidence, and were incredibly well received.”

The performances round off the largest set of EuroGig exchanges, with eleven acts from five nations playing internationally.

Singer-Songwriter and Commercial Music student Christie Oliver said: “I’ve had a lot of opportunities to perform my music live throughout my time at UWS, but playing my first European gig has been a real highlight.

“It was an incredible experience, and it honestly feels surreal to know that it happened. I’m grateful to all involved in making it happen.”

Reagan Lyle from The Monocasters added: “I think, as a performer, you always have aspirations of playing abroad, but logistically it can be difficult to do.

“I am beyond delighted to have been able to do so. This has been an unforgettable experience, and one that I have learned so much from.”

Eve Davidson said: “Eurogig was an amazing experience. I never thought I’d get to go abroad and meet so many amazing people, share my music with them and see an amazing country through my music and university. This experience is one I’ll never forget.”

Photo: Eve Davidson
Photo Credit: UWS

Clement Gay, EuroGig co-ordinator in France, said: “Eurogig is a truly rewarding experience for young musicians to develop their network and promote their music on an international scale.

“It is also a valuable way to discover different cultures and acquire human and technical skills for the students involved in the project.”

Headline image: The Monocasters
Image Credit: UWS