Finalists in a National Competition called TEENSTAR 2013.

Two singing students of McCallum School of Music based in Renfrewshire are Finalists in a National Competition called TEENSTAR 2013.

They are 2 out of 16 finalists who will perform at the London O2 Arena on the 7th July 2013 for £50,000 plus a 4 year development recording contract.

the students have competed against 14,000 entries across the whole of the UK and their talented voices have sang them through….

I’d like to tell you a little about both of the M.S.M Starlets…..

Abbie R O’Niell- Barrhead

Abbie has been with MSM for 2 months and within that small space of time she has grown into a fabulous performer…. Abbie is 11 years old!!!!

At the semi finals in Newcastle she sang ‘On My Way’ by Chris Brown….

Abbie did not get the Judges vote however……there was a wildcard opportunity across the whole of the UK she was up against 34 competitors and the UK chose her!!!!!

so Abbie got the UK’s wild card vote and will be the extra competitor in the Final.

Abbie has such an energetic personality on stage and her voice is extremely different….very unique.

This is Abbie at her regional final at Candleriggs in Glasgow


Keira Swift- Glasgow

KEIRA PIC BEAUX DRESS TEENSTAR 2013Keira is known as ‘The Little girl with the BIG voice’ ( quote from The Evening Times) throughout Glasgow…having performed all over Scotland including quite a few events with Gina…who has mentioned that she is a FAN of Keira’s…..

Keira is 9years old!!!!

At the semi finals, there were 50 supporters supporting the girls,

Keira sang The Whitney Houston classic…One Moment in Time’ and absolutely wow’d the crowd and Judges…..

Keira has a huge vocal range and performs her socks off at every event.

This is Keira at Semi Finals in Newcastle


I’m also very proud to say that McCallum School of Music is the ONLY music school to have ever had 4 students from the same school through to a NATIONAL Competition and also…2 students through to the Final!!! this is a huge achievement for the girls and for the music school which is very community based, For example, this year alone we have performed at over 45 charity events so far and are booked in for summer/Christmas events already for many Charity events such as The Prince & Princess of Wales Summer Ball.

Here is one of my other students who performed at the Semi Finals..

Little Miss Courtney McHarg…10years old singing When you Believe

Scotlands own TEENSTAR FINALISTS performing on the 15th June at Barshaw Gala Day

McCallum School of Music performing …including


The little girl with the big voice’….Miss Keira Swift

The Diva with the Energy……Miss Abbie R O’Neill

Hope you come support your own talented singers!!!

duck race

Paisley & District Scout Group Duck Race 2013

Saturday 11th May sees Paisley and District Scout group’s Annual Duck Race from the Mill Bridge opposite Morrisons (Lonend) Car Park..

Last year’s event was a huge success and this year’s is already shaping up to be even BIGGER

The fun starts at 11.30am with Music being provided by McCallum School of Music and Paisley’s very own Sean Batty, STV’s weatherman will hopefully bring along the sunshine when he starts both races

The Corporate Duck Race starts at 2.30pm. Corporate Ducks are £50, this also gives 10 entries into the main race

The Main race starts at 3pm..  You can adopt a duck to enter into the race for £2 or adopt 3 ducks for £5 …. All money raised will be split equally between the Special Care Baby Unit at the Royal Alexandra Hospital and Paisley & District Scout Group

There is a phenomenal list of prizes to win and the list continues to grow daily..

Ducks can be adopted from the following locations…

Sunday 21st April

Morrison’s, Lonend – 10am to 5pm

Saturday 27th April

Paisley RAH – 1.30pm to 4.30pm

Dobbies Garden Centre, Braehead – 12pm to 4pm

Sunday 28th April

Paisley RAH – 1.30pm to 4.30pm

Dobbies Garden Centre, Braehead – 12pm to 4pm

Morrisons, Lonend – 10am to 5pm

Saturday 4th May

Paisley RAH – 1.30pm to 4.30pm

Morrison’s, Lonend – 10am to 5pm

Sunday 5th May

Paisley RAH – 1.30pm to 4.30pm

Morrison’s, Lonend – 10am to 5pm

You can also adopt a duck through any member of the Paisley & District Scout Group… And if you don’t know any scouts and cannot make it along to one of the stores don’t worry – you can register your interest on their webpage ( ) and someone from Paisley & District Scout Group will be in touch.

Photograph taken for by Jean-Marie Stewart.