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




Have you got what it takes?

The Rotary Club of Paisley is gearing up to launch the 2013 Quest4talent competition for young people.
Now in its fifth year this has become a popular established competition which has already helped some of the areas most talented young performers on the road to success.

Q4TlogoThe competition is open to young people from 6 to 25 years with categories in vocal, instrumental, soloists and groups, choirs, bands,dance, and entertainers.
This year there are two new categories- musical theatre and Scottish traditional music.

The Grand Final is on Saturday 20th April 2013 in Paisley Town Hall with the heats taking place during March.
The competition aims to give as many young people as possible a chance to perform on the stage and at the same time raises money for charity.
In the past the charities which have benefited have included Rotary’s End Polio Now, Yorkhill Children’s Hospital, and Paisley YMCA.