Students set to support top OAT performers

YCC Musicians Connor Lawlor amd Sophie Norris get ready to perform at the Open Air Theatre. Richard Ponter 142403b

YCC Musicians Connor Lawlor amd Sophie Norris get ready to perform at the Open Air Theatre. Richard Ponter 142403b

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Two Scarborough students have hit the high notes after being asked to support two huge Open Air Theatre acts this summer.

Sophie Norris, who is studying the Level 4 Artist Development Programme at Yorkshire Coast College, was chosen to support Jessie J on June 25, after Jessie J’s management team “absolutely loved” Sophie’s demo.

Sophie is currently putting the finishing touches to her debut studio album Handmade Woman and her live album with her band, No Warning.

Headlining at Scarborough Spa during Sci-Fi Scarborough and winning “The Voice of Yorkshire” in Leeds last month are just a few of Sophie’s recent achievements.

Fellow student Connor Lawlor has also received the exciting news that, for the second year running, he has been chosen to open for a headline act at Scarborough Open Air Theatre.

Connor has been specifically requested to make a return to the stage as an opening act for McBusted after opening for McFly and Olly Murs in 2013.

The 19-year-old singer songwriter has gone from strength to the strength so far in his short career.

Connor is currently working on his new EP that he will launch at the Scarborough Open Air Theatre when he opens for McBusted on Friday June 27.

John Pattison, music programme leader at Yorkshire Coast College, said: “We are all incredibly proud of Connor and Sophie and can’t wait to watch their careers develop. This is the third year Yorkshire Coast College students have secured supporting roles for some of the UK music industry’s top names at Scarborough Open Air Theatre and we feel this is testament to the outstanding quality and talent of musicians here at Yorkshire Coast College.

“Who knows one day we may be providing students to support Sophie and Connor on their national tours.”