The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in Edinburgh

The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in Edinburgh

Published: 21/07/2016

This August, look out for the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in Edinburgh, as we hop over to the nation’s capital to take part in the world’s largest performing arts festival. We will be taking part in both the Edinburgh Fringe and the Edinburgh International Festival (EIF), as well as have a regular presence at Fringe Central with a full programme of workshops and auditions.

Musical Theatre

You can catch MA Musical Theatre students perform the hit musical 9 to 5 featuring the music and lyrics of Dolly Parton at the Assembly Hall most days throughout August at 11.30am. We’ll also be showcasing two new pieces of musical theatre at Assemble Hall in the afternoons Confessions of a Justified Songwriter and Naughty Cat and the Cheesy Moon, a performance for children aged 5+.


For classical music fans, the unmissable performance at this year’s EIF is Elgar’s The Apostles featuring the Royal Scottish National Orchestra conducted by Edward Gardner, with the Royal Conservatoire Voices led by Professor Timothy Dean supporting stellar soloists including RCS graduate Karen Cargill. Performed at the Usher Hall on Sunday 14 August, this will be an incredible experience for both our vocal students and for the audience.

Workshops and auditions

As well as plenty of performances, you also have the chance to speak to members of staff from RCS and find out more about the study options here. We’ll be holding a number of workshops and audition opportunities throughout August so if you are thinking of applying to study at RCS this is a great opportunity to start your learning journey. These workshops and auditions form part of the Fringe Central programme and is located at the Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation on Infirmary Street. Fringe Central offers advice, support, resources, professional development opportunities and inspiration to Fringe participants while they are in Edinburgh and can assist people with topics including international touring, fundraising, accessibility, and skills development. Catch RCS at Fringe Central (Infirmary Street) at the following dates and times:

Monday 8 August The Shakespeare Monologue for Auditions 11.30 – 13.30
Monday 8 August Acting with Archetypes 14.30 – 16.30
Monday 8 August Working with Sign Language Interpreters in Performance 17.00 – 19.00
Tuesday 9 August Auditioning for Drama School 16.00 – 17.30
Wednesday 10 August MA Classical and Contemporary Text: Auditions 10.30 – 18.30
Monday15 August BA Performance in BSL and English: Audition Preparation 13.00 – 14.00
Wednesday 17 August Creating Contemporary Performance 16.00 – 17.30
Sunday 21 August Careers in Production 16.00 – 17.00
Sunday 21 August Production Roadmap 17.30 – 18.30
Wednesday 24 August Musical Theatre Workshop with RCS 10.30 – 12.00


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