What to watch out for this February

January 31st, 2020

January is over at last! Forget the broken resolutions and cold, dark mornings – what seems like the year’s longest month is followed by the shortest, and there is plenty to cram into the next four weeks.

We’ve put together our top picks for February that you really don’t want to miss out on here at RCS.

The Oscars

The most iconic awards night in the world takes place on 9 February and our very own RCS graduate Krysty Wilson-Cairns is nominated for Best Original Screenplay, for her work on 1917 with co-writer Sam Mendes.

Krysty would be the first RCS graduate to win an Oscar – a remarkable achievement so early in her career. Originally from Glasgow, Krysty studied BA Digital Film and Television and credits her time at RCS as pivotal in her journey.

“RCS didn’t just prepare me for my career, studying there opened my eyes and showed me what my career could be. It gave me my career” said Kirsty when she spoke to Review magazine last year.  

We will all be watching and rooting for you Krysty!

 

A Birdcage of Absurdity: Eight Songs for a Mad King

Think the world has gone a bit mad? Wait until you’ve stepped into the world of King George III, created by Peter Maxwell Davies in his remarkable piece, Eight Songs for a Mad King.

This rarely performed music theatre event will take place in Cottiers Theatre, performed by Red Note Ensemble and MMus Opera student Oskar McCarthy. Expect great music, outstanding performances and a little bit of madness… not to be missed!

Eight Songs for a Mad King will be performed at Cottier’s on 25 February at 7.30pm.

Valentine’s Day

Love it or loathe it, there’s no escaping the most romantic of days this month, and, to celebrate, we have planned an evening of sublime music from our very own RCS Symphony Orchestra.

Featuring a programme from Mozart’s Cosi fan tutte and Rachmaninov’s Symphony No. 2 in E minor, this concert is set to be an evening of beautifully sublime music to melt even the hardest of hearts.

We dare you not to fall in love with the Symphony this Valentine’s Day.

Last chance to get into Juniors

The Junior Conservatoire is where many undergraduate students start their learning. Graduates of the Junior programmes include David Tennant, Jackie Kay and Jack Lowden. Applications for next year’s Junior programmes in dance, drama, production and film are about to close and young people aged 11-18 have until 24 February to apply for an audition.

Junior students holding music sheets and singing

 

An extra day

2020 gives us a whole extra day – 29 February. Make sure you plan something special to make the most of that 24 hours. Need some inspiration? Then check out The Threepenny Opera which opens on 29 February in the Alexander Gibson Opera Studio.

Set in Victorian London in the murky underground world, the story features lifelong thieves Mr and Mrs Peachum and the notorious Mack the Knife. Not your usual opera, this piece of musical theatre is sure to entertain audiences this leap year.

The Threepenny Opera runs from 29 February to 6 March