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Chart-topping Ayoub sisters rock Ronson

Ayoub sisters

Glasgow music sensations Sarah and Laura Ayoub are currently rocking at the top of the Classical music charts after catching the eye of a top record producer.

The multi-instrumental sisters defy purely classical categorisation by bridging pop, rock, funk with traditional tunes.

From entertaining family and friends in Milngavie to mesmerising the Royal Albert Hall and the BRITS, the Ayoub Sisters are destined for even bigger fame as word spreads about their prodigious talent.

Just signed by one of the world’s most iconic record labels, the eclectic Decca Records, home to Andrea Bocelli and Ludovico Einaudi and Rod Stewart, they have also been produced by the legendary Mark Ronson.

Laura, 21, and Sarah, 24, are thrilled that their Melodies of Scotland has shot straight to Classical Number One ahead of Burns’ Night and within an hour of its first play on radio.

The track was recorded with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra and contains a rousing medley of famous Scottish anthems, including Flower of Scotland, Auld Lang Syne and Loch Lomond.

Classic FM describes them as “incredible” and “amazingly talented.”

Pianist and cellist Sarah, a graduate of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in Glasgow, and Laura, currently studying violin and piano at the Royal College of Music in London, are coming of age in an exciting time for hybrid artists.

Yet music doesn’t run in the family. Born to Eqyptian parents, their father is facial reconstruction surgeon Professor Ashraf Ayob a native of Glasgow for 26 years. The girls both speak Arabic and say it influences their music.

Last year the Scottish-Egyptian sisters thrilled an audience at The Royal Albert Hall when they performed at Classic FM Live as the winners of Global’s Big Music Project.

Ayoub sisters performing in Milngavie

Accolades are coming as fast and furious as their virtuoso playing. Sarah and Laura are rocking a contemporary take on classical instruments that sees their musical repertoire range from Mark Ronson inspired Uptown Funk to folkie Burns classics and just about anything in between.

Last year Ronson, possibly the world’s hottest music producer, chose Sarah and Laura from 10,000 online performers to feature in a special presentation at the BRIT Awards. He produced their classical take on his multi-award winning number 1 single ‘Uptown Funk’ at Abbey Road.

New York based Ronson who made his name producing Amy Winehouse’s Back to Black album and scored a massive hit with Uptown Funk is in awe of the Ayoub Sisters’ incredible talent.

He said: “It was brilliant to bring together unique talents and produce a new cover of Uptown Funk. It’s an honour that such talented people are interested in my music. We created something special.”

Sarah said: “Since signing to Decca Records, the experience has been surreal. We feel very fortunate to be able to share our music with a wider audience, thanks to the opportunity both Classic FM and Decca Records have given us.”

Laura added: “Our new single incorporates seven of our favourite traditional Scottish songs and weaves them together into one piece.

“It is an arrangement which we initially came up with over ten years ago, and has transformed and evolved as we have grown up over the years. To have been able to record it with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, the orchestra we grew up watching and listening to, was an incredibly humbling experience.” 

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