Mark MacSporran

Mark MacSporran, Perth College student of the year 2012An exceptionally gifted student who has excelled during his studies, has been named as Perth College UHI student of the year.

Mark MacSporran, from Tayinloan Argyll, achieved straight A-grades throughout his degree and honours year of study on the Popular Music course.  He will graduate this summer with a First Class Honours, before going on to study Leeds College of Music’s prestigious Masters degree in Jazz.

Composer of the piece of music commissioned specifically for the Royal visit to the college campus on Friday 6 July, performed by Perth Symphony Orchestra’s String Ensemble, Mark also presented a commemorative book to The Duke of Edinburgh.

During the course of his study, Mark regularly obtained external placements, performing with professional musicians, in the orchestra pit of Centrestage Music Theatre in Kilmarnock, where he performed in a wide range of musicals including Les Miserables, West Side Story, Beauty and the Beast and Mamma Mia.

Mark has also represented Perth College and University of the Highlands and Islands (UHI) at several external events including Music For Youth Performance, Glastonbury Festival and an exchange trip to the University of Evora in Portugal. President of the Samba group Rhythm Wave, Mark is an exceptionally positive ambassador for UHI, and has given up his free time on many occasions in order to contribute to the life of the music department.

In his Honours year, Mark became a real role model for students in other year groups due to his involvement in assisting running support classes in theory, analysis and composition.  Many of these students attributed the successful completion of their courses to his assistance and commitment to helping them.