Loanhead performer shines at London showcase to land job

Findlay Spratt
Findlay Spratt

A young Loanhead performer has been handed his dream job before even graduating from one of Scotland’s leading performing arts academies.

Twenty-year-old Findlay Spratt has landed a role as a singer at an exclusive resort in Ibiza and jetted off to begin his new job last mopnth.

His performance during a showcase in London’s West End by Edinburgh’s MGA Academy of Performing Arts convinced casting directors that Findlay was ripe for his professional stage debut.

Following a month of rehearsals in London where he learned 16 shows to be performed in a repeated two-week period, Findlay flew to the White Isle to begin a six-month stint at Tui Sensatori resort in Cala Tarida Bay. Findlay says his breakthrough is testament to the world-class training offered by the Edinburgh performing arts academy.

He said: “The MGA Academy’s final-year students always put on a great showcase for agents down in London. After we finished our performance at Soho Theatre, we had the chance to mingle with agents afterwards.

“I’d just returned to Edinburgh and was coming out of a class at The MGA Academy when MGA Management phoned to let me know that Ted Talent were interested. I was initially really shocked, as I thought it would take a little longer to get my first job. It’s a dream contract!

“When I first came to The MGA Academy, I thought that, after graduating, it might take me around two years to get to this stage. Our tutors always told us “you have to work for opportunities and you have to get a good agent”, and I did that and ended up getting this opportunity after the showcase. Ted Talent said I fitted the look for a Sensatori performer, that I had the right voice and a good rapport with people.”

Findlay, a former pupil of Bonnyrigg Primary School and Lasswade High Scho ol, is relieved that his new employer is allowing him a brief time off to fly back to Edinburgh for graduation. The MGA Academy’s class of 2017 will formally receive their qualifications during a ceremony in June.

“For six months, I’ll be doing what I love every day next to the sea, sunsets and gorgeous beaches, performing in a theatre and presenting my own cabaret in a piano bar,” said Findlay. “However, I’m so happy that they have allowed me two nights off to fly home for graduation. It’s the result of three years of hard work and is made even more exciting now I have this job. Hopefully, there are more contracts to come. Singing is what I love to do, and I am aiming to become involved in big productions as well as some solo work.”

Andrew Gowland of The MGA Academy said: “Everyone at The MGA Academy is very proud of Findlay, his performance during our London showcase, and all he has achieved during his three years with us. He is a very talented performer and, as with all our graduates, he is well-prepared to begin a career as a professional performer. We are confident the training Findlay has received here will ensure that he goes on to be a great success and look forward to following his progress in the performing arts industry. We would welcome applications from young performers with similar aspirations to Findlay.”

The MGA Academy is currently accepting applications for places on three-year full-time vocational training courses starting in September 2017, with the next auditions set to be held on June 11.

In summer, the Academy will run a free week of classes, workshops and question-and-an swer sessions for boys aged 14 and older who are considering a professional career in performing arts. Guest tutors at Boys’ Scholarship Week include Arthur Gourounlian, a performer with Girls Aloud, Beyonce, Kylie Minogue and Pink. Places are limited, and those interested should call 0131 466 9392 or email murray@themgaacademy.com