Professorships to five world-leading artists and educators

Professorships to five world-leading artists and educators

Published: 09/05/2016

Professorships awarded to five world-leading artists and educators at theRoyal Conservatoire of Scotland

Five leading teaching artists and academics of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland are to be awarded Professorships in recognition of their outstanding international contribution to the arts and to RCS.

The Professorships awarded following a robust assessment process undertaken by a panel of internal and external academics – acknowledge the influence individuals have on the performing arts world, and their impact on educating the next generation of performers at Scotland’s national conservatoire.

They are:

  • David Watkin (pictured above): Head of Strings. David is a multi-award-winning cellist, most recently winning a BBC Music Magazine Award and a Gramophone Award for his recording of the Bach Cello Suites. David’s illustrious career has seen him perform and conduct across the globe for the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, the English Baroque Soloists and the Philharmonia Orchestra. He is recognised with this Professorship for his contribution to cello, Strings and his world class recordings.
  • Andrew Panton: Artistic Director of Musical Theatre, Andrew is the innovative visionary behind many of RCS’s acclaimed musical theatre productions. He has a leading industry reputation including work for BBC productions such as Children in Need and his role as a judge of Gareth Malone’s series The Naked Choir. A highly-acclaimed theatre director, he is also the creative director and vocal coach for platinum-record singer Susan Boyle. Andrew is awarded this Professorship for his leadership of interdisciplinary production.
  • Tim Dean: As Vice President of the British Youth Opera and Artistic Director of the RCS Song Studio, Tim leads the Opera School at RCS and is recognised for his outstanding leadership and for high-calibre musicianship.
  • Dr Margaret Bennett: Writer, singer, folklorist and broadcaster who has collaborated on countless productions including National Theatre of Scotland’s Black Watch. A lecturer in Traditional Music, she is recognised for her world-class contribution to Scotland, to traditional music and to practice-based research.
  • Dr Stephen Broad: Musician, academic and Head of RCS’s Research and Knowledge Exchange. This Professorship acknowledges his national and international contribution to research and for raising the profile of Research and Knowledge Exchange in RCS and the sector.

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

“It gives me great pleasure to announce these five new professorships for five highly-talented members of the RCS community.

“Each of these inspiring professionals demonstrates tremendous dedication to making an impactful contribution to performing arts education and to the cultural life of Scotland and beyond. Their work from rehearsal rooms and research labs to the stages of theatres and concert halls inspires, engages and supports the next generation of performing artists and their audiences here in Scotland and internationally.

“As one of the world top-ten centres for performing arts education, the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland is enriched greatly by the talents of our teaching and student community. Our five new professors all play an important part in our life and work and I’m delighted to be recognising their great work in this way.”

In addition to the Professorships, the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland will also award a Professor Emerita to Professor Maggie Kinloch, who leaves her post as Deputy Principal of RCS in July. The new Professorships will be awarded on 5 July alongside the Honorary Degree recipients, David Tennant, Ralph Kirshbaum and Sir Matthew Bourne, and the hundreds of graduating students from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.



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