“I just happened to apply to come to Stirling and am so grateful that it worked out for me. I never missed a lecture or a class the whole time I studied here. I received my first A in the Christmas exams in second year, it was an English exam and had to write about what Carol Ann Duffy had to say about love. It was such an amazing feeling.

If you are a current student at Stirling, don’t squander it, enjoy the whole experience. Savour the privilege it is to have an education especially in Scotland, we are so lucky.

My show, ‘Christine Bovill's Piaf’, has toured as far as South Korea but I’d never had the chance to come to Stirling, the Macrobert seems a venue more fitting than any other: I got my first job as a Jazz singer when I was in my fourth year. The Evening Times covered the story and the French department here at Stirling plastered the walls with the newspaper, they were so proud. And it was at Stirling that Sid James saw me perform in my first job, he was a world-class jazz player and really gave me the love for Édith Piaf. Everything about my life and journey has been Stirling-centric, so it was amazing to be able to bring my show back to where it all began.”

Christine Bovill                                                                                                                                                                                                       BA English and French, 1995

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