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NEWS: Royal Conservatoire of Scotland launches new £2million Creative Campus learning and teaching complex

The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland (RCS) today unveiled a new purpose-built learning and teaching complex today as part of its170th-anniversaryy celebrations. The Creative Campus project, an investment of more than £2million, has introduced a contemporary two-level rehearsal facility, increasing practice room provision by 50%.

The exciting new addition provides students of Scotland’s national conservatoire with essential practical resources as they develop their potential. The project has created 27 acoustically separated rooms for individual practice and one-to-one teaching and two large ensemble rehearsal spaces. The facility will support performers of all ages and backgrounds, from undergraduate students and the young performers of the Junior Conservatoire to lifelong learners who study at the Royal Conservatoire at evenings and weekends.

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Helping to officially open the complex are twins and trainee music teachers Hannah and Morgan Charleston from Larkhall, 18-year-old violinists who are in the first year of a BEd degree.

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The launch of the Creative Campus comes at the start of the 170th anniversary year of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. A new tartan has been created to celebrate the occasion which is modelled by Scottish actor and Conservatoire graduate, Kevin Guthrie, who stars in this summer’s World War II movie, Dunkirk.

Established in 1847, the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland is one of the world’s most multi-disciplinary conservatoires, offering specialised teaching across dance, drama, music, production and screen. It is ranked sixth in the world for performing arts education and number one in Scotland for graduate employability, endorsing its status as a national and international centre of excellence for the performing arts.

Professor Jeffrey Sharkey, Principal of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, said:

“Students are at the heart of everything we do at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and we’re thrilled to hand over this wonderful learning and teaching complex that will support them on their journey with us.

“An inspiring environment is crucial to the student experience and this purpose-built space gives our talented students and lifelong learners a place to grow and develop as performers. Not only will it be a hugely beneficial practical resource, it will also further enhance our dynamic culture of creativity, collaboration and innovation.”

The Creative Campus project has been financed through a fundraising campaign with support from trusts, foundations and individuals including The Robertson Trust, Garfield Weston Foundation, The Hugh Fraser Foundation, The Sackler Trust, PF Charitable Trust, Wolfson Foundation and W A Cargill Charitable Trust.

Professor Nick Kuenssberg, OBE, Chairman of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, said:

“We believe exceptional talent and tuition deserve the finest facilities and our new learning and teaching complex, which increases individual rehearsal space by 50%, is an outstanding new addition to the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. Our facilities are among the best in Europe and creating them wouldn’t be possible without the very generous support of our donors. We deeply thank those who play a vital role in nurturing the performing arts at the Royal Conservatoire – a top ten world conservatoire that Glasgow and Scotland can be proud of.”

Lesley Macdonald, Head of Giving at The Robertson Trust, said:

“The Robertson Trust is pleased to support the Creative Campus project at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. By providing a platform for young people who face barriers to achieving their goals, the Royal Conservatoire is recognised both nationally and internationally for the work it does in widening access to the arts. We hope that our support will help the Royal Conservatoire continue and expand on this work and we believe the campus will be a real asset to the students.”

Dr Kenneth Chrystie, Chair of The Hugh Fraser Foundation, said: “As a long-standing supporter, it’s a pleasure for The Hugh Fraser Foundation to play our part in enabling the Conservatoire to enhance and optimise the learning and teaching experience for all students. The practical design to increase space is creative and productive and I have every confidence this will be a well-used and much valued asset.”

Music students Hannah and Morgan Charleston said there is a buzz around the opening of the new facility: “The new practice rooms will be extremely beneficial – it’s great that these extra spaces are here,” said Hannah.

Morgan adds: “Everyone is really excited about the rooms. I’ll use them a lot during the week when I have gaps between classes or if I have time before choir at night.”

Helen Lucas, of Helen Lucas Architects who led on the Creative Campus project, said: “This effective intervention into the lively and bustling building is designed to accommodate spaces for both social interaction and the singular dedicated pursuit of improvement which is the lifeblood of the Conservatoire.”

 

NEWS: Royal Conservatoire of Scotland celebrates 170th anniversary with the launch of new tartan

The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland (RCS) starts its 170th-anniversary celebrations in style … with the launch of a stunning new tartan. Scotland’s national conservatoire has created the fabric to mark its milestone year and its world-class reputation for performing arts education.

The tartan, inspired by the rich history of the Conservatoire and its bold and dynamic vision, is modelled by Scottish actor and Conservatoire graduate, Kevin Guthrie, who stars in this summer’s World War II drama, Dunkirk. The tartan will be formally adopted from Wednesday, January 25 when the Conservatoire opens the doors to its Creative Campus, a new purpose-built learning and teaching complex within the Renfrew Street building.

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The tartan, a blend of blue, purple and grey to represent the Conservatoire’s schools and art forms, features in a new collection of accessories which are available to buy from the Conservatoire’s website. Every purchase supports scholarships for students. The launch is the start of the Conservatoire’s historic 170th year which will be celebrated with gala performances and special events.

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Established in 1847, the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland is one of the world’s most multi-disciplinary conservatoires, offering specialised teaching across dance, drama, music, production and screen. It is ranked sixth in the world for performing arts education and number one in Scotland for graduate employability, endorsing its status as a national and international centre of excellence for the performing arts.

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From Charles Dickens and Buffalo Bill to honorary doctors Emma Thompson, Tilda Swinton and Billy Connolly, there have been many significant moments – and people – to celebrate since 1847. At the first official soiree, the inaugural address was delivered by Charles Dickens. In 1892, Bram Stoker and Colonel William Cody (better known as Buffalo Bill) attended a supper for the actor Sir Henry Irving. In 1892 the first professor was appointed, Madame Emma Ritter-Bondy, Professor of Piano. In 1953, our principal Sir Ernest Bullock composed the fanfares and arranged the national anthem for performance at the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II.  Notable ‘firsts’ include being the first conservatoire in the UK to have its own degree-awarding powers, the only conservatoire in Europe to offer education in all of the performing arts and the first conservatoire to offer a BA Performance degree in British Sign Language and English.

Professor Jeffrey Sharkey, Principal of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, said:

“What better way to begin our 170th-anniversary celebrations than with the launch of a stylish new tartan which is showcased to terrific effect by our alumnus Kevin Guthrie. The tartan, which incorporates the corporate blue of the Conservatoire, is a distinctive and modern design that reflects our creative and confident outlook. The tartan is a fantastic way to mark our special anniversary year and we look forward to seeing it being woven into the very fabric of life at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.”

Actor Kevin Guthrie, who graduated from the BA Acting programme in 2011, said:

“I’m delighted to launch the new Royal Conservatoire of Scotland tartan and be a part of it – it’s a really lovely, vibrant tartan.”

Kevin is part of the star-studded cast of Dunkirk which is released in July and directed by Christopher Nolan of Interstellar, Inception and The Dark Knight Trilogy fame. He will share the screen with Tom Hardy, Cillian Murphy, Mark Rylance, Kenneth Branagh, Harry Styles and fellow Conservatoire alumni Jack Lowden and Brian Vernel.

The actor has fond memories of his studies at the Conservatoire: “As a proud Scotsman and Glaswegian, this was where I wanted to study and use that as the platform moving forward. There’s a very famous energy that comes with the building at RCS. I remember the buzz that was kind of in the brickwork – it’s in the design of the school, it’s in the energy of the staff and students. There’s a real vibrancy about it.”

Kevin, who has a string of film credits to his name including Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, Sunset Song, The Legend of Barney Thomson and Sunshine on Leith, added: “I think there’s something very specific about the training at RCS in that it’s a wide vocabulary of training and experience. RCS actors and alumni are known and recognised in the industry for being very open minded and very confident in their approach. There’s a real honour and a humility in an RCS actor, I believe, and I think that sets us apart.”