Honorary Degrees for Karen Cargill, Bonnie Greer and Peter Mullan

Honorary Degrees for Karen Cargill, Bonnie Greer and Peter Mullan

Published: 23/04/2018

Three leading lights in opera, film and theatre will receive honorary degrees from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland this July.

  • An honorary degree of Doctor of Music will be awarded to Karen Cargill, internationally acclaimed mezzo-soprano
  • An honorary degree of Doctor of Drama will be award to Bonnie Greer OBE, playwright, author and broadcaster
  • An honorary degree of Doctor of Drama will be awarded to Peter Mullan, actor, writer and director

Professor Jeffrey Sharkey, Principal of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, will confer the honorary degrees at three graduation ceremonies on Thursday, July 5 in Glasgow at the Royal Conservatoire’s campus.

Nearly 300 students will graduate from Scotland’s national conservatoire one of the world’s top five performing arts education institutions across the disciplines of music, drama, dance, production, film and education.

Professor Jeffrey Sharkey, Principal of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, said: “We are thrilled that Karen, Bonnie and Peter will join the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland’s class of 2018 to be honoured for their distinctive contributions to the arts internationally. Each has created a rich body of work which has entertained, engaged and, on occasion, provoked audiences across the globe and we are incredibly proud to celebrate them and their achievements.

“Graduation is a highlight in our year and we very much look forward to sharing this special day of celebration with our honorary doctors, our graduands and their families and friends. It has been a pleasure and a privilege to watch our students grow as artists during their time with us and we wish them all the very best as they embark on this new and exciting chapter of their lives.”

Arbroath-born mezzo-soprano Karen Cargill, who is also a graduate of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, performs in concert halls and opera houses around the world. This season’s engagements include the Royal Opera, BBC Proms, Glyndebourne Festival and three return invitations to the Metropolitan Opera in New York.

Bonnie Greer OBE is an award-winning playwright, author and broadcaster who studied theatre in her native Chicago and in New York. Bonnie, who has lived in the UK since 1986, has written for the stage, screen and radio as well as penning several books. She has served on the boards of leading arts organisations including the Royal Opera House and was on the board of the British Museum for eight years up to 2013, the last four years as Deputy Chair.

Award-winning actor, writer and director Peter Mullan has worked extensively across film, theatre and television. Peter, who was born in Peterhead and raised in Glasgow, has appeared on TV screens in Ozark, Westworld, Mum and Top of the Lake and in movies including Hostiles, Braveheart, Trainspotting, Harry Potter and War Horse. Directing credits include Neds, The Magdalene Sisters and Orphans.


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