WAAPA student Sophie Scott returns to home city of Albany for ACCI Radio Active

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Final year WA Academy of Performing Arts student Sophie Scott.
Camera IconFinal year WA Academy of Performing Arts student Sophie Scott. Credit: Stephen Heath/Stephen Heath Photography

The talents of Albany’s rising star musicians will be on display this Friday as they put on a show with WA Academy of Performing Arts students at ACCI Radio Active.

The annual music showcase will feature performances across a range of genres, from rock and pop to R’n’B and soul, from a cappella to gospel and funk.

Great Southern Grammar and Albany Senior High School music students will perform alongside a group of musicians and singers from WAAPA’s contemporary music course.

Their performances will be rounded out by WAAPA staff members singer Matt Allen, session drummer Ric Eastman, and jazz vocalist Allira Wilson.

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The WAAPA students have spent the week mentoring the school students and working on their performances.

Visiting Albany for the performance will be particularly meaningful for final year WAAPA vocal student Sophie Scott, who attended GSG and took part in Radio Active as a student.

“It’s really exciting and very special to me, to come back home and sing for everyone that I know here, and progress my musical career in that way and show what’s happened from there to now,” Ms Scott said.

She said being involved in Radio Active at school inspired her to audition for WAAPA.

“I was never really thinking of auditioning for WAAPA, just because auditions freaked me out,” she said.

“But getting a week of seeing what it’s going to be like at the uni, and integrating with the uni students, was cool to feel like you can do that, you can become a professional musician.

“It opened my eyes to that being an option for a career path for me.”

ACCI Radio Active starts at 7.30pm on Friday at the Albany Entertainment Centre. For tickets visit bit.ly/3wqwgT8.

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