Fireworks and Music to mark the first RCS Gala Dinner at Gleneagles

Fireworks and Music to mark the first RCS Gala Dinner at Gleneagles

Published: 31/10/2016

The inaugural Gala event hosted by the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and Gleneagles gets off to a spectacular start with a celebration concert culminating in a world premiere and a sparkling visual extravaganza.

Handel’s rousing Royal Fireworks Music will be the soundtrack for the gala event and will include a breathtaking fireworks display specially choreographed for the event on Guy Fawkes Night, November 5 2016.

Set against the iconic backdrop of Gleneagles, this spectacular event will bring together stirring Scottish traditional music, orchestral music, operatic repertoire and a magnificent fireworks display.

The Gala Dinner is the first event to be held between the Royal Conservatoire and Gleneagles, and is the setting for the debut performance of the Gleneagles Scholar, Baritone Jerome Knox.

The 26-year-old Glasgow-based student of the Alexander Gibson Opera School at the Royal Conservatoire, said: “I’m particularly excited about performing at Gleneagles. As a golf fan, I can see clear parallels between excellence in sport and excellence in performance both demand patience, dedication and hard work so being named as the first recipient of this scholarship is a huge honour and to perform at Gleneagles is a great privilege.”

The Gala Dinner, taking place in the magnificent Gleneagles Ballroom, will showcase the talents of Royal Conservatoire students including the world premiere of the Gleneagles Fanfare, composed by Dr Gordon McPherson, Head of Composition and performed by Royal Conservatoire Brass. The Royal Conservatoire’s Alexander Gibson Opera School will present a selection of arias from some of the most loved operas, including The Barber of Seville, Die Fledermaus and Carmen.

There will also be performance of Schubert by the illustrious Stevenson Winds, award-winning pianists and the acclaimed RCS Chamber Orchestra. The Finale is Handel’s spectacular Royal Fireworks Music.
The partnership between the two iconic Scottish institutions, which was announced last month, will provide opportunities to celebrate, showcase and support the next generation of world-class performing artists trained at the national conservatoire.

The partnership will also create high-profile performance opportunities for the students, including this annual Gala showcase at Gleneagles plus an annual symphony orchestra concert at the City Halls in Glasgow.
Professor Jeffrey Sharkey, Principal of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, said:

“Scotland’s national conservatoire is one of the best in the world, ranking alongside the great performing arts institutions of Europe, the US and the Far East. In Gleneagles, we are partnering one of the great global brands who, like us, is proud to be world-class, Scottish and welcoming to the world? It’s of great credit to the Gleneagles team that they share our passion and see the importance of investing in young people and the arts in Scotland. I very much look forward to the first event on November 5 and to the exciting opportunities that lie ahead for the next generation of exceptional artists that we will create and deliver together.”

The Gala Dinner event at Gleneagles forms part of a special overnight offer for hotel guests on Saturday 5 November. For more information see theGleneagles website.

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