Celtic Connections on Campus is pitch perfect

22 January 2016

Celtic Connections on Campus

Celtic Connections on Campus

The inaugural Celtic Connections on Campus has been hailed an outstanding success – and could be the springboard to an even bigger and better event in 2017.

More than 500 people enjoyed the four days of live music performances at the GCU campus, which form part of the world’s largest Celtic music festival.

GCU Audio Technology and Audio Systems Engineering students provided audio support at the free concert series which featured up-and-coming talent drawn from Scotland’s universities, colleges and schools.

Lecturer Patrick Quinn, who led the project, said: “It has been an outstanding success. When planning the concerts I was hoping for an audience of 50 each day and instead we’ve had more than 500 people over the four days, not forgetting that we had many more listening worldwide via our live broadcast on Celtic Music Radio.

“I am so pleased with the professionalism of our audio students and equally delighted with the high standard of performance from the artists who travelled from colleges and universities from all over Scotland to perform. My thoughts have been echoed by the audience who have been very vocal in praising how well the concerts sounded and the high standard and range of the acts.”

Celtic Connections is the world’s largest Celtic music festival and this year features 2,100 artists at 300 events across 20 Glasgow venues.

This is the fifth year GCU students have worked at the festival, this time split between the first ever campus concerts and at the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, in partnership with Celtic Music Radio.

Patrick added: “Over the last five years over 50 students have worked at Celtic Connections mixing music for Celtic Music Radio at Celtic Connections and now mixing music for live performance at Celtic Connections on Campus.

“It would be great to repeat Celtic Connections on Campus in 2017, maybe with a few more acts and maybe another day added to the schedule. It would also be great if Celtic Connections on Campus could be used as a springboard to have more events on campus at other times during the year.”

To view our Celtic Connections image gallery, visit here.