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Renfrew Street

Purpose-built facilities supporting young artists

We moved to our purpose-built premises in Renfrew Street, just behind Glasgow’s famous Sauchiehall Street in 1987. In 1997 we added the superb facilities of the Alexander Gibson Opera School.

Today, our facilities at Renfrew Street include:

Five licensed peformance spaces in which we stage around 500 performances every year

Stevenson Hall – capacity 355

New Athenaeum Theatre – capacity 344

Ledger Recital Room – capacity 108

Alexander Gibson Opera Studio – capacity 154

Chandler Studio Theatre – 98

Teaching rooms and rehearsal spaces

As you would expect there are numerous teaching rooms and rehearsal spaces of all shapes and sizes. There is also the Fyfe Lecture Theatre.

Library and IT facilities

There are several banks of computers available for student use throughout the building as well as an IT suite, and multiple workstations in the Library. The Library houses one of the most comprehensice collections on performing arts in the UK.

Digital Training Unit and Recording Studios

Our newest recording studio consists of a huge 70 square metre live room, a vocal booth, and a separate control room, all rooms are linked via video and talkback, and the studio now has a full size Steinway concert grand piano. We record all student concerts a matter of course – and copies are available to students on request.

In addition to our three recording studios with different acoustic properties and the facility to record in any of our performance venues we have three specialised, electroacoustic studios. Here singers and players can work with technology, creating and performing works which might include amplification or more radical live processing of their instrument or voice using computers and a range of sensors and interfaces. Composers also create works which explore the boundaries between music and film sound, sound art, theatre sound design and other sound genres, often collaborating with artists from a range of disciplines within and outwith the Royal Conservatoire. Works made in the studios have been heard in concert halls, theatres, galleries and public spaces around the world.

Social space and catering facilities

The very lively Jack Bruce space is the hub of all social activity at the Conservatoire. The Jack Bruce space doubles as an informal performance space as well as the place to buy the best bowl of soup in town. Where the Monkey Sleeps is our main cafe bar and in our opera studio, you will find another lively student social space with a WTMS younger sibling, the Wee Chimp, serving tea, coffee and cake .