Our context is the contemporary international scene and our composers share some of the best
facilities in Europe with their performing contemporaries. Our critically acclaimed annual
become a renowned platform for new work and this year includes exciting collaborations with the
Professional groups, including Red Note and Hebrides Ensemble,
have also premiered over 30 student compositions as part
of our ongoing public masterclass programme. As a student
composer you’ll also benefit from our excellent cohort of student performers. Capable of a range of
professional performance, you won’t be limited to composing in a certain way for certain types of
players, but will be free to develop your own compositional ideas.
We offer high contact time of 90 minutes one-to-one tuition each week. As working
artists with various areas of expertise, our tutors bring live projects into lessons helping you to
explore your own compositional voice. Together with your tutor your end of year portfolio will be
negotiated, not prescribed. Every student embarks on their own learning journey; you can pursue a
second study through all four years, work in the superb electroacoustic and recording studios, or
devise new work in our purpose-built performance venues.
There’s also a real sense of a community among our students, staff and PhD cohort. The
Composers Forum meets every Thursday and might include visiting composers and poets or perhaps a
chance to discuss your work. Involving the full department, it’s an opportunity to listen to styles
of music which you may not have heard or considered before and can help to challenge the orthodoxy
and even your own ideas. You may also discuss work by PhD students who are engaged in larger works
not experienced in earlier years of study. Our students have also set up their own Composers
Collective which meets every two weeks to discuss different musical influences. Composition can be
a solitary existence and at the Royal Conservatoire we develop the skills to work with other
One of the best things about the Royal Conservatoire is our diversity, not just among
musicians but across the whole institution. Due to differing artistic influences our students have
developed a number of stand-alone projects in dance, theatre, film, and musical theatre. Different
work in a range of different contexts makes us exciting and continually challenges our work.
As Scotland’s national conservatoire we’re also approached countrywide with requests for new
commissions and students often arrange their own performances of new work across Glasgow’s vibrant
By studying here you’ll be working with our diverse and talented performing community and will
enjoy outstanding facilities and professional partnerships. Creative artists create because they
have something in them they want to say. At the Royal Conservatoire we not only help you do that
but also prepare you for the realities of professional life.