Gary Nicholson

Former Student Career Profile: from Teaching to Theatre to Awards

“After I left the Academy in 2012 I began teaching guitar privately to a wide range of ages and ability’s, with one of my students going on to study guitar at college. With my teaching I have also been involved with 3 different youth charity’s Create at Cloud, Headroom and Heart and Sound, providing guitar and song-writing classes. Last year I took part in the Big Music Project with Create at Cloud and this saw me teach guitar and bass to roughly 5 students over a 12 week period and then organising a gig for them to perform the songs they had learnt at PJ Molloys in Dunfermline. Taking part in this project earned me a Platinum Award from Youth Scotland.

As well as teaching I have been heavily involved with bands since I left the Academy. From 2013 to 2015 I was in a band called Flintlock N Roll with fellow ex-academy student Jennifer McGregor. In the two years we recorded 2 demo Eps, played lots of gigs and won the Glen Gates Studio Battle of the Bands in Fife. The two years spent with Flintlock N Roll allowed me to develop and hone my song-writing ability and stage presence and make lots of valuable contacts. I am now working with a new band and we are currently writing, recording and developing a 12th month plan, with the hope of releasing some material in May 2016.

This year I have also started to play guitar for theatre shows beginning with the musical “Rent” at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2015 with Uncompromising Artistry Productions from New York. This was an amazing experience and gave me an insight to working as a professional musician. I made some great contacts with people from New York and also met Anthony Rapp who was in the original Broadway production of “Rent” and the movie. I then played for another production of “Rent” with YMTS in Lochgelly and I hope to play for more of their shows in the future.

My next steps and future plans at the moment are to finish my degree, work very hard with my new band and start laying the foundations of a career and continue to teach and work as a self-employed musician, doing session work for people and hopefully more theatre shows.”

Website: garynicholsonmusic.wordpress.com