Royal Conservatoire of Scotland at creative and cultural heart of UK

Royal Conservatoire of Scotland at creative and cultural heart of UK

Published: 07/11/2019

Glasgow has been unveiled as the creative and cultural centre of the UK and the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland is a key player in this artistic powerhouse.

The city was awarded the accolade in a recent report by the European Commission, which also saw Glasgow come first for “openness, tolerance and trust” and “cultural participation and attractiveness”.

Glasgow is recognised as a City of Culture and a UNESCO City of Music. Home to Scotland’s national conservatoire and five of the six national performing arts companies, Glasgow’s sprawling cultural scene means that the Royal Conservatoire is uniquely placed to partner with prestigious organisations like the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Scottish Opera, Scottish Ballet, the National Theatre of Scotland and many more of international renown.

This means students studying the performing and production arts at Scotland’s international conservatoire are able to gain vital professional experience while still honing their craft at RCS, all in the surroundings of the world’s friendliest city and the number one student city in the UK*.

Professor Jeffrey Sharkey, Principal of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, said: “Glasgow is an open and welcoming city where art and culture of every kind is created and shared generously. As Scotland’s national conservatoire we’re a place where some of the world’s best young performers and creative producers come to develop themselves and their art. The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland is at the heart of performing arts in Glasgow – through our city centre location, our richly-diverse programme of 600 live performances each year and through our strong links with all the national arts companies, five of six of whom are co-located with us in Glasgow.

“It’s wonderful to see the impact and contribution of our students and staff recognised and celebrated in this way and we’re delighted to play our part in Glasgow being one of Europe’s most cultural and creative cities. To be the national conservatoire of the world’s most beautiful country located in the UK’s most creative city is a badge we wear proudly.”


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Scotland was voted most beautiful country in the world, according to Rough Guides, 2017.
*The city was recognised as number one student city in the UK, according to, 2016.

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