Quest4Talent – Renfrewshire’s very own X Factor-style show

– is looking for talented youngsters to apply for this year’s extravaganza.

The race is on to find the next generation of singing and dancing talent in Renfrewshire

Quest4Talent – Renfrewshire’s very own X Factor-style show – is looking for talented youngsters to apply for this year’s extravaganza.

Organised by Paisley Rotary Club, the annual talent search has uncovered some hidden gems in the past – and, this year, it could be you.

The chairwoman of the competition, Diane Mitchell, said: “I am delighted that we are able to launch Quest4Talent 2014.

“It has been very hard work but it is so exciting and rewarding to see the wealth of talent that exists in Renfrewshire and the surrounding area.

“We believe that, by running this event, we are doing something positive for the young people in Paisley, giving them a chance to promote their talent.”

This year, there are six categories – vocal, instrumental, piano, dance, traditional, groups and bands, and choirs/glee clubs.

Each category is split into three age groups: seven to 11, 12 to 17 and 18 to 25.

Auditions will be held at Paisley’s Wynd Centre, and the David Lloyd health club, in Renfrew, with the finalists picked to perform on stage at Paisley Town Hall.

This year’s launch event was held at Braehead, where a large crowd gathered to watch former winners put on a show.

Jade Burke, Courtney McHarg and Rebekah Kirk all sang, while Rebekah Mitchell played the accordion.

The event was hosted by Your Radio DJ Fraser Thompson, and Diane was thrilled that it was such a success.

She said: “We received a great reception from shoppers, many of whom stopped to watch the show.

“We were also taking a collection for the restoration of the Glen Cinema Disaster memorial and that was also successful.

“This year’s show will hopefully raise even more money for the memorial, and it’s hoped that we can get close to our target of £6,000.”

In the past, Quest4Talent has raised thousands of pounds for charities such as PolioPlus and Yorkhill Children’s Hospital, as well as local charities Paisley YMCA and Paisley Caring Group.

Rebekah Mitchell, 18, a former pupil at Gleniffer High, in Paisley, is a previous winner of the instrumental category through her accordion playing.

She said: “I’ve been playing the accordion since I was six and I’ve been entering Quest4Talent since it started. It’s a great experience.”

Her mum, organiser Diane, said: “Hundreds of youngsters have entered Quest4Talent since its inception, but this year we’re hoping to make it bigger and better.”

This year’s heats will be staged at the Wynd Centre on Monday, February 17; Tuesday, February 18; and Wednesday, February 19; and at the David Lloyd Centre on Monday, February 24; Tuesday, February 25; and Wednesday, February 26.

The grand final takes place at Paisley Town Hall on Thursday, April 3.

To enter or for more details, go to the website at or phone Natalie on 0845 130 5218.

All photographs above were taken by Alex Kyle Photography.


Quest4Talent 2013 Finals

Still Game actor and comedian, Alex Robertson plays host to an exciting talent show in Paisley Town hall on the 20th of April. Organised by the towns Rotary Club to help raise money for its charity work, children and schools from across the whole of Renfrewshire and Glasgow have already battled it out through 5 heats of the highly popular competition now in its 6th year.

48 highly talented acts have made it through to the semi-finals with the winners of each going head to head on the night to find this year’s outright champion.Talented youngsters gave amazing performances in 10 categories including musical theatre, glee clubs, dance, vocals, bands and traditional Scottish Music as the town plays host to this year’s Gaelic Mod.

A spokesperson said “The judges faced a very difficult time this year as the level of talent was exceptional and a credit to themselves and their parents”.

Councillor Sam Mullen has agreed to free parking for this event at the council buildings and the entrance is at the new houses just built at the council building.

Tickets for the event are available from the Paisley Arts Centre’s box office on 0141 887 1010 with the finals taking place at 2pm and 7pm on the 20th of April. Photographs and memorabilia are also on sale to commemorate the occasion with profits going towards the charities work. Further details can be found on http://www.quest4talent

All photographs taken by Alex Kyle for

Quest4Talent Tuesdays Winners: Vocal section

(16-25yo section)

  • Jemma Stevenson,
  • Emily Cochrane
  • Decaln McLeish

(12-15yo section)

  • Summer Bain & Emily Middlemas (duet)
  • Emily Middlemas (solo)
  • Ashleigh Burns
  • Hannah Leggat
  • Gaby Humphries

*Mondays winners to follow

Paisley Photographs taken by Alex Kyle for

Quest4Talent Competition.

There is still time to enter the competition for the following categories.

Wednesday night at David Lloyd 6th March

Catagories: Bands

Bands can turn up on the night 5.30 for a sound check. Register upon arrival. 7pm start

Call Diane for more details: 07896689816

Monday 11th March at the Wynd in Paisley

2 categories:

>Scottish traditional (gaelic / scots song, instrumental incl accordian, bagpipes, clarsach etc… open to solo, groups, folk rock etc

>Chiors / Glee clubs

Sound check at 5.30 / 7pm start. Call Diane for more details 07896689816

Find out more


The launch of Paisley Rotary Club’s Quest4Talent 2013 took place on 7th January 2013 at 4.30p.m in The David Lloyd Centre Renfrew,

This is the 5th year of this highly successful competition which has already helped some of Renfrewshire’s most talented performers on the road to success as well as raising many thousands of pounds for local and international charities.

This year as well as the usual categories for soloists, groups, bands, instrumentalists, choirs and dance there are two exciting new categories; musical theatre and traditional music. The traditional Scottish Category is a particularly exciting one for us with the MOD coming to Paisley in 2013, and we are hoping to get entries from traditional musicians and artists in the area. We are taking entries from young people from the ages of 6 up to 25 years old from Renfrewshire and all surrounding areas in the West of Scotland. Closing date for entries is 28th February 2013.

(All Photographs were taken by Alex Kyle for )

This year our chosen charities to support are Street Stuff and PACE’s Abbey Road Project, as well as Rotary’s international charity.. End Polio Now. We have support from many local businesses and Celtic Music Radio are broadcasting the final for us.

The launch was hosted by BBC’s Sports presenter David Currie and David Wallace of PACE along with Rotary organisers an last year’s winners.

The Grand Final is on Saturday 20th April in Paisley Town Hall with the heats taking place during March at the David Lloyd Club and the Wynd Centre.

Entry forms can be downloaded on the website or tel Alison Walker on 0141 581 2193/2194

Last year’s winners were:

Overall winner and vocal 12-17 years winner – Jenna Milroy
Vocal 7-11 Rebekah Kirk
Vocal 18 -25 Robyn White
Instrumental 7-11 Jasmine Galvin
Instrumental 12-17 Rebekah Mitchell
Entertainment/Bands – Sinne ( Gaelic Folk group from Glasgow Gaelic School)
Choirs – Cardonald Primary School Choir
Dance – Gemma Lilley