Scholarship is music to Nathan’s ears

A SONGWRITER who dreams of becoming a successful musician has received a scholarship from Priestley College.

Guitarist and singer Nathan Greenfield received the Viola Beach Scholarship after proving his talent and dedication to his Music tutors.

He spent the £500 on a PA system that allows him to stage better-sounding performances at his solo gigs.

“It means a lot because I have always been a big fan of Viola Beach and especially their songwriting, which is what I am really into,” he said.

“Their lyrics were so strong and, for me, writing a song allows me to vent what I’m feeling on a piece of paper. It’s quite therapeutic and getting a good reaction to the songs when I perform them live is the best feeling.”

Nathan, a former pupil at The Heath in Runcorn, only picked up a guitar for the first time two years ago.

Since then, the songs have flowed and he has a series of solo gigs behind him. He’s also part of Aligners, a group of Priestley students looking to make a name for themselves on the North West music scene following performances at Jacaranda and Arts Club in Liverpool.

He currently studies BTEC Music at Priestley and hopes to go on to learn more on a Music Performance or Songwriting degree.

“Through studying Music at Priestley my voice and guitar playing has improved and I’ve learned a lot about the industry,” said Nathan.

Members of Viola Beach were former pupils at Priestley College, but they sadly died when their car fell from a bridge while they were touring in Sweden.

The scholarship was set up by Priestley to honour their talent and memory by helping young musicians who are dedicated to their profession.

Music Tutor Michael Grainger said: “We are lucky at Priestley that there are so many talented performers that it is difficult to decide who receives the scholarship each year.

“Nathan stood out because of his passion for music and his commitment to performance whether that be at college events or in venues around Warrington and Liverpool.”