The Weekend Read with vocal coach and RCS alumna Yvie Burnett

May 23rd, 2020

Yvie is baking up a storm during lockdown! From opera stages to TV screens and tour buses, RCS alumna Yvie Burnett’s career has taken her all over the globe. The renowned vocal coach, who works with some of the biggest names in the business, tells Linda Robertson about finding her own voice, her early days

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The Green Room: Stuart MacRae

May 13th, 2020

The Green Room is a new blog series from the research community at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.  It’s both a response to the impact of Covid 19 on the arts, and a way of starting new conversations about the future.  Each week colleagues will share their personal reflections, insights, challenges and hopes as we

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The Weekend Read: world-renowned mezzo-soprano and RCS alumna Karen Cargill

May 2nd, 2020

From performing with the Berlin Philharmonic to gracing the stage of the Metropolitan Opera in New York, Karen Cargill is one of the most critically acclaimed mezzo-sopranos in the world. The RCS alumna and Associate Artist in Vocal Studies talks to Linda Robertson about her latest role – nurturing the next generation. Imagine being a

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Graduate Focus: award-winning jazz pianist Fergus McCreadie

April 30th, 2020

Fergus McCreadie is rapidly earning a reputation as one of the hottest properties on the Scottish jazz scene. The acclaimed graduate talks about his student days, life on the road and why jazz musicians neglect a good tune at their peril. Sit Fergus McCreadie near a piano and he needs no encouragement. Soon, the music starts

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Spotlight On: Kathleen McKellar Ferguson – Lecturer in Vocal Performance

April 28th, 2020

Where are you? I’m in the village of Kippen, ten miles west of Stirling, overlooking the spectacular hills to the north.

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RCS Vocal Studies students join forces for isolation duet

April 28th, 2020

Here’s a Tuesday tune for you – a cover of Bobby Darin’s Things, courtesy of Vocal Studies students Daniel Doolan and Michael Yeoman. Daniel has been using the time at home to revisit old hobbies, including the guitar, and has been busy recording some of his favourite tracks, from Fly Me to the Moon by

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Spotlight on: Sophie Renshaw

April 28th, 2020

Strings Lecturer Sophie Renshaw has been working online with her RCS students, harmonising Bach suite movements. Listen to this Bach Courante in three parts here featuring students Gawain Usher, Lauren Hall and Shao-Wen Tan, and read Sophie’s blog below.       Where are you just now? I’m in my home in Winchester, Hampshire, where

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Joana Carvalhas

April 22nd, 2020

First year Masters (Performance) student Joana Carvalhas has returned home during the Coronavirus pandemic but she is not letting this stop her from playing, composing and enjoying art away from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland campus. Here she sends in a piece written during this time, ‘Indoor Thoughts’ to be shared with the RCS community.

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Eight Things about Eight Songs for a Mad King

February 24th, 2020

This week RCS students and Red Note Ensemble will be joining forces to perform a very unique classical music event in Glasgow, Eight Songs for a Mad King. Not familiar with the piece? Read on to find out more.

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Under the Spotlight: Kathy Doolan

December 19th, 2018

Alumna Kathy Doolan (DRSAMD 1974) was enjoying a successful career in teaching after graduating from Scotland’s national conservatoire. While raising her children, she saw how music aided their development and spotted a gap in the market for a new business in her local community.

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