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Introduction

Die Fledermaus
“It is well directed, brilliantly sung and is laugh out loud funny from beginning to end … This is funny, full-on, five-star fizz. Don’t miss it.”
★★★★★ – The Herald

“full of fun from the first notes of the overture”
★★★★ – Bachtrack

A Midsummer Night’s Dream
“Each actor pours sinew and soul into their performance”
★★★★★ – Mumble Theatre

Chess
“The Conservatoire’s music theatre cohort, under the superb direction of Professor Andrew Panton, can be proud of such a technically adept production, which really explored the complexities of the strategy game on more than one level.”

★★★★ – The Herald

Two French Tragedies
“Music, singing and particularly movement came together beautifully to create an impassioned moving piece”
★★★★ – Bachtrack

Into the New
“Epic and stunning”
★★★★ – The Herald

Macbeth
“a thrillingly primal piece of work”
★★★★ – The Herald

Fridays at One: Women’s Chamber Choir
“Every soloist in Friday lunchtime’s concert was worth the fullest attention, but Taylor’s relaxed approach to Stravinsky’s Cantata from the early 1950s was quite remarkable.”
★★★★ – The Herald

The Snow Queen
“Panto-lovers should not be put off… a fine performance”
★★★★ – The Herald

“Fantastic show tonight – a Christmas story but told with humour, menace and a bit of slapstick… The set was amazing, the costumes were fabulous and the cast was excellent.”
via Facebook

“I went this afternoon with my daughter and I just wanted to say that was amazing! My seven year old was mesmerised with the Snow Queen – and we loved the lights and scenery – very atmospheric. What a production – thank you for a brilliant afternoon!”
via Facebook

“Absolutely fantastic. Every department should be very proud of themselves. A very professional production and a wonderful evening x”
via Facebook

Fridays at One: SCO Winds with RCS Stevenson Winds
“a magnificent tour de force”
★★★★★ – The Herald

Fridays at One: Sinae and Szymanowski
“an astounding account of a ripe selection of his piano music”
★★★★ – The Herald

Confessions of Justified Songwriter
“This eleven-strong cast from The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland belt out this new musical with gusto and flair and create a truly engaging piece of modern musical theatre.”
★★★★★ – Broadway Baby

9 to 5

“9 to 5 is a great show to start off a day at the Fringe – offering value for money and a very talented ensemble who are up for it even at 11.30am.” ★★★★ – The Herald

Confessions of a Justified Songwriter
“…excellent vocal performances…”
★★★★ – The Herald

Naughty Cat and the Cheesy Moon
“…a corking family show… With audience interaction, clever yet simple dramatic devices and high energy from the cast”
★★★★★ – The Herald

9 to 5
“This is a fabulous production – the quality is outstanding. The talent of the cast would rival anything you see in the West End. I dare anyone to leave 9 to 5 without a smile on their face.”
★★★★★ – Broadway World

9 to 5
9 to 5 will leave you with a smile on your face and the words to its signature song running round in your head. With such an upbeat score, a funny script and a ridiculous story line, you should be tumbling out of bed to bag a ticket.”
★★★★ – British Theatre Guide

9 to 5
“A fun and enjoyable experience. The acting was also exceptional – the accents were spot on, the choreography was as camp as it could be. The musical numbers boasted perfect harmonies and wonderful vocals, which was enough to get the audiences singing along at times. If you’re a Dolly Parton fanatic and have a love for musicals, then head on down!”
★★★★ – Arts Award Voice

Confessions of a Justified Songwriter
“A well-crafted piece, taking us into the often vulnerable underbelly of the music business. The skill from the Kielty brothers in writing the piece is that each song has a separate style, the flow coming from the dialogue as we find out more about each of the writers in the team and how, with testing a variety of approaches, they can create a range of songs with varying degrees of success.”
★★★★ – Musical Theatre Review

Naughty cat and the Cheesy Moon – August 2016

“The quality of Naughty Cat and the Cheesy Moon is exceptional. The songs are fantastic and annoyingly catchy, and the vocals are incredible. I would say that this show is for fans of musical theatre as well as for children, because the whole production is just excellent.”
★★★★ – Broadway World

Owen Wingrave – May 2016
“a very finely sung production from everyone”
★★★★ – Bachtrack

Plug 2016 Opening Concert – May 2016

“A stunning night… All four pieces premiered on Tuesday reflected the musical, dramatic, theatrical and intellectual probity with which these young composers set about and achieved their aims.”
★★★★ – The Herald

Hamlet – March 2016

“Every detail was carefully crafted by the creative team;… [they turn] this old story into a Tarantinoesque contemporary drama.”
★★★★ – Mumble Theatre

Cabaret – March 2016

“A complete triumph”
★★★★★ – The Herald

Brodsky Quartet – March 2016

“The Brodskys are not just world class: they are unique”
★★★★★ – The Herald

St John Passion – Sun 6 Mar 2016

“It may be the briefer of Bach’s gospel oratorios, but St John Passion was a highlight for Glasgow Cathedral’s Festival of Music.”
★★★★ – The Herald

Two Russian Tales – Mavra and The Bear – Feb/Mar 2016

Two Russian Tales were told in lightly vodka-fuelled sparkling form in the intimate opera studio at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in Glasgow.”
★★★★ – Bachtrack

Song Studio – Valentine’s Day Programme

“Dean and his singers had arranged the art-songs in vaguely narrative sequence, jumping between both books that Wolf published, and batting the initiative between the sexes so that songs answered one another. It was an effective strategy.”
★★★★★ – The Herald

Steven Osborne – Jan 2016
“The whole thing was fascinatingly-provocative of thought, as well as being a thrilling and engaging musical adventure.”
★ ★ ★ ★ ★ – The Herald

Into The New

“From the first show of my day, Corrie McKendrick’s interactive treat for under-fives, through to the final blitzkrieg of music, costume and performance by Nima Seme in ICHI PINKS trulove, this was Into the New on a roll. Bereft of the Arches, this annual showcase of work by graduating students followed the example of Buzzcut festivals and installed itself at the Pearce Institute.”

★ ★ ★ ★ – The Herald

Cosi fan Tutte – Jan 2016
“a very fine cast of young singers”
★ ★ ★ ★ – The Herald

 

Stravinsky Sings – Jan 2016
” The performances were terrific, and really expressive. The opening yelps of the Symphonies were electrifying, the students played up to the hilt, and Dean’s intelligent structuring of the piece was lucid in its acuity. The eight players in the Octet, with Andrey Rubtsov in discreet but perceptive control, did a frankly fabulous job on the music, characterising it wonderfully, with all of its humour, hell-for-leather pacing and near-outrageous cartoon capers.”
★ ★ ★ ★ ★ – The Herald

Woodwind Focus – Jan 2016
“A tremendous display from the mostly-student forces, pulsing with sophisticated, refined sax ensemble playing. The opening number, for quartet, was an unmistakably French composition by Alfred Desenclos, a gorgeous, romantic piece whose throbbing slow movement should have carried an 18-certificate.”
★ ★ ★ ★ – The Herald

Dick McWhittington – RCS Panto 2015
“All ages get plenty of laughs, from lovelorn Sandy (Nicholas Barton-Wines in daftly lovable numpty mode) while Robert Ginty has the knack of being a classic McHugh dame. Meanwhile, the cat’s whiskers, and all furry feline traits, come together purrfectly in Chloe-Ann Tylor’s Kitty while Robin People’s whimsical designs don’t just float this panto’s boat, they bring it on-stage – fab-u-lous!”
★ ★ ★ ★ – The Herald

“All the actors are excellent and play the crowd well throughout. This epic panto is great value and keeps The Royal Conservatoire’s reputation as Panto champion not only intact but as gleaming as Aladdin’s magic lamp. Book early for next year’s offerings as these tickets are hot.”
★ ★ ★ ★ – The Mumble

Gordon McPherson, a Purely Private Person – Nov 2015
” Without qualification, it was one of the concerts of the year”
★ ★ ★ ★ ★ – The Herald

Ilya Gringolts/Fali Pavri – Nov 2015
” I felt as though I had been sucked into the heart of the piece.”
★ ★ ★ ★- The Herald

Kidnapped – Nov 2015
“Amazing circus and ariel antics ensures this as an epic production from the students. Fantastically engrossing – the buzz you get from the cast will energise you for days.”
★ ★ ★ ★ ★- Mumble Theatre

The Strange Case of Jekyll and Hyde – Nov 2015

“Nothing is quite as scary as real life, and this four-night adaptation crams a lifetime of Halloweens into a ninety-minute account of disturbing, phantasmagoria horror. Nightmares never looked so appealing.”
★ ★ ★ ★- Mumble Theatre

Stevenson Winds – Oct 2015

“an emotional arrow straight to the heart”

★ ★ ★ ★ – Michael Tumelty, The Herald


Scottish Ensemble and RCS String Ensemble – Oct 2015
“stimulated by the energy, drive, and sheer hell-for-leather enthusiasm of the students”

★ ★ ★ ★- Michael Tumelty, The Herald

The Rake’s Progress – Edinburgh Fringe 2015

“There was a lot of home-grown talent on stage in this performance of Stravinsky’s mid 20th century masterwork, which was much more than a mere “concert” version.”
The Herald
Read the full review here

“With minimal but incredibly astute stage direction, led by conductor Sir Andrew Davis, everything combined under his unpretentious baton to result in a performance that enchanted from start to finish.”
WOW 24/7 – 5 stars
Read the full review here

“The Royal Conservatoire Voices were an agile bunch who came into their own in the playful auction scene.”
The Guardian – 4 stars
Read the full review here

” Vivid concert performance of The Rake’s Progress by the Scottish Chamber Orchestra under Andrew Davis.”
The Times – 4 stars
Read the full review here

“The newly formed Royal Conservatoire Voices, under chorus master Timothy Dean, produced a vibrant and focused youthful sound, every word crystal clear.”
Bachtrack – 4 stars
Read the full review here

 

Urinetown – Edinburgh Fringe August 2015

“The show is extremely self-referential and aware of musical theatre devices and Ken Alexander brings out every drop of comedy from his young cast and utilises its clever stage design by Rich Evans to full affect.”
The Publicreviews.com – 5 stars
Read the full review here

“the choreography and songs capture the energy of the show excellently. Urinetown is well worth spending a penny (or slightly more) on.”
TVbomb.co.uk – 4 stars
Read the full review here

” Act One’s lovers’ duet Follow Your Heart and Act Two’s rousing Run, Freedom, Run! would be worth the reasonable ticket price alone. With a convenient 11.45am time slot and a centrally located venue it could be the perfect start to any day at the Fringe.”
heralsscotland.com
Read the full review here

Under The Ground – Edinburgh Fringe August 2015

“this charming new show by Katie Barnett and Megan Hughes is God’s gift to people-watchers.”
musicaltheatrereview.com – 5 stars
Read the full review here

” A beautiful portrayal of human experience.”
edfestmag – 4 stars
Read the full review here

Willy’s Bitches – Edinburgh Festival 2015

“Song after song sandwiched with some of the most memorable of the Bard’s lines, slick musical direction by Tamara Saringer and fine male accompaniment from the band (a pleasing reversal of the gender norms on stage) enhanced the promised “bad-arsery”.
heralsscotland.com – 4 stars
Read the full review here

“a brilliant selection of musical numbers from Shakespeare’s back catalogue that leaves you pinning for entire productions of each… The cast are superb, gutsy and passionate, and they revel in the depth of their characters… Well worth a watch.”
Edinburgh Festival magazine – 4 stars
Read the review here

13 – June 2015
“the young cast grab hold of its ideas with subtlety and nuance”
heraldscotland.com – 4 stars
Read the full review here

Sir John in Love – April 2015
“a delight to listen to”
heraldscotland.com – 5 stars
Read the full review here

“a particularly special and enjoyable production”
bachtrack.com – 4 stars
Read the full review here

RCS Concerto Soloists with the RSNO – April 2015
“a brilliant, stimulating, entertaining and informative evening ”
heraldscotland.com – 5 stars
Read the full review here

West Side Story – March 2015
“memorably moving and impressive ”
heraldscotland.com – 4 stars
Read the full review here

Opera Project – March 2015
“fine performances throughout and musically sure-footed over tricky terrain ”
heraldscotland.com – 4 stars
Read the full review here

As You Like It – January 2015
“The ensemble cast was without a weak link ”
heraldscotland.com – 4 stars
Read the full review here

A Midsummer Night’s Dream – January 2015
“All senses of humour will be tickled at least once in this powerful production”
Mumble Theatre – 5 stars
Read the full review here

Fridays at One: Jonathan Fournel – January 2015
“a major emerging talent, there’s no doubt”
The Scotsman – 4 stars
Read the full review here

Introduction

Die Fledermaus
“It is well directed, brilliantly sung and is laugh out loud funny from beginning to end … This is funny, full-on, five-star fizz. Don’t miss it.”
★★★★★ – The Herald

“full of fun from the first notes of the overture”
★★★★ – Bachtrack

A Midsummer Night’s Dream
“Each actor pours sinew and soul into their performance”
★★★★★ – Mumble Theatre

Chess
“The Conservatoire’s music theatre cohort, under the superb direction of Professor Andrew Panton, can be proud of such a technically adept production, which really explored the complexities of the strategy game on more than one level.”

★★★★ – The Herald

Two French Tragedies
“Music, singing and particularly movement came together beautifully to create an impassioned moving piece”
★★★★ – Bachtrack

Into the New
“Epic and stunning”
★★★★ – The Herald

Macbeth
“a thrillingly primal piece of work”
★★★★ – The Herald

Fridays at One: Women’s Chamber Choir
“Every soloist in Friday lunchtime’s concert was worth the fullest attention, but Taylor’s relaxed approach to Stravinsky’s Cantata from the early 1950s was quite remarkable.”
★★★★ – The Herald

The Snow Queen
“Panto-lovers should not be put off… a fine performance”
★★★★ – The Herald

“Fantastic show tonight – a Christmas story but told with humour, menace and a bit of slapstick… The set was amazing, the costumes were fabulous and the cast was excellent.”
via Facebook

“I went this afternoon with my daughter and I just wanted to say that was amazing! My seven year old was mesmerised with the Snow Queen – and we loved the lights and scenery – very atmospheric. What a production – thank you for a brilliant afternoon!”
via Facebook

“Absolutely fantastic. Every department should be very proud of themselves. A very professional production and a wonderful evening x”
via Facebook

Fridays at One: SCO Winds with RCS Stevenson Winds
“a magnificent tour de force”
★★★★★ – The Herald

Fridays at One: Sinae and Szymanowski
“an astounding account of a ripe selection of his piano music”
★★★★ – The Herald

Confessions of Justified Songwriter
“This eleven-strong cast from The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland belt out this new musical with gusto and flair and create a truly engaging piece of modern musical theatre.”
★★★★★ – Broadway Baby

9 to 5

“9 to 5 is a great show to start off a day at the Fringe – offering value for money and a very talented ensemble who are up for it even at 11.30am.” ★★★★ – The Herald

Confessions of a Justified Songwriter
“…excellent vocal performances…”
★★★★ – The Herald

Naughty Cat and the Cheesy Moon
“…a corking family show… With audience interaction, clever yet simple dramatic devices and high energy from the cast”
★★★★★ – The Herald

9 to 5
“This is a fabulous production – the quality is outstanding. The talent of the cast would rival anything you see in the West End. I dare anyone to leave 9 to 5 without a smile on their face.”
★★★★★ – Broadway World

9 to 5
9 to 5 will leave you with a smile on your face and the words to its signature song running round in your head. With such an upbeat score, a funny script and a ridiculous story line, you should be tumbling out of bed to bag a ticket.”
★★★★ – British Theatre Guide

9 to 5
“A fun and enjoyable experience. The acting was also exceptional – the accents were spot on, the choreography was as camp as it could be. The musical numbers boasted perfect harmonies and wonderful vocals, which was enough to get the audiences singing along at times. If you’re a Dolly Parton fanatic and have a love for musicals, then head on down!”
★★★★ – Arts Award Voice

Confessions of a Justified Songwriter
“A well-crafted piece, taking us into the often vulnerable underbelly of the music business. The skill from the Kielty brothers in writing the piece is that each song has a separate style, the flow coming from the dialogue as we find out more about each of the writers in the team and how, with testing a variety of approaches, they can create a range of songs with varying degrees of success.”
★★★★ – Musical Theatre Review

Naughty cat and the Cheesy Moon – August 2016

“The quality of Naughty Cat and the Cheesy Moon is exceptional. The songs are fantastic and annoyingly catchy, and the vocals are incredible. I would say that this show is for fans of musical theatre as well as for children, because the whole production is just excellent.”
★★★★ – Broadway World

Owen Wingrave – May 2016
“a very finely sung production from everyone”
★★★★ – Bachtrack

Plug 2016 Opening Concert – May 2016

“A stunning night… All four pieces premiered on Tuesday reflected the musical, dramatic, theatrical and intellectual probity with which these young composers set about and achieved their aims.”
★★★★ – The Herald

Hamlet – March 2016

“Every detail was carefully crafted by the creative team;… [they turn] this old story into a Tarantinoesque contemporary drama.”
★★★★ – Mumble Theatre

Cabaret – March 2016

“A complete triumph”
★★★★★ – The Herald

Brodsky Quartet – March 2016

“The Brodskys are not just world class: they are unique”
★★★★★ – The Herald

St John Passion – Sun 6 Mar 2016

“It may be the briefer of Bach’s gospel oratorios, but St John Passion was a highlight for Glasgow Cathedral’s Festival of Music.”
★★★★ – The Herald

Two Russian Tales – Mavra and The Bear – Feb/Mar 2016

Two Russian Tales were told in lightly vodka-fuelled sparkling form in the intimate opera studio at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in Glasgow.”
★★★★ – Bachtrack

Song Studio – Valentine’s Day Programme

“Dean and his singers had arranged the art-songs in vaguely narrative sequence, jumping between both books that Wolf published, and batting the initiative between the sexes so that songs answered one another. It was an effective strategy.”
★★★★★ – The Herald

Steven Osborne – Jan 2016
“The whole thing was fascinatingly-provocative of thought, as well as being a thrilling and engaging musical adventure.”
★ ★ ★ ★ ★ – The Herald

Into The New

“From the first show of my day, Corrie McKendrick’s interactive treat for under-fives, through to the final blitzkrieg of music, costume and performance by Nima Seme in ICHI PINKS trulove, this was Into the New on a roll. Bereft of the Arches, this annual showcase of work by graduating students followed the example of Buzzcut festivals and installed itself at the Pearce Institute.”

★ ★ ★ ★ – The Herald

Cosi fan Tutte – Jan 2016
“a very fine cast of young singers”
★ ★ ★ ★ – The Herald

 

Stravinsky Sings – Jan 2016
” The performances were terrific, and really expressive. The opening yelps of the Symphonies were electrifying, the students played up to the hilt, and Dean’s intelligent structuring of the piece was lucid in its acuity. The eight players in the Octet, with Andrey Rubtsov in discreet but perceptive control, did a frankly fabulous job on the music, characterising it wonderfully, with all of its humour, hell-for-leather pacing and near-outrageous cartoon capers.”
★ ★ ★ ★ ★ – The Herald

Woodwind Focus – Jan 2016
“A tremendous display from the mostly-student forces, pulsing with sophisticated, refined sax ensemble playing. The opening number, for quartet, was an unmistakably French composition by Alfred Desenclos, a gorgeous, romantic piece whose throbbing slow movement should have carried an 18-certificate.”
★ ★ ★ ★ – The Herald

Dick McWhittington – RCS Panto 2015
“All ages get plenty of laughs, from lovelorn Sandy (Nicholas Barton-Wines in daftly lovable numpty mode) while Robert Ginty has the knack of being a classic McHugh dame. Meanwhile, the cat’s whiskers, and all furry feline traits, come together purrfectly in Chloe-Ann Tylor’s Kitty while Robin People’s whimsical designs don’t just float this panto’s boat, they bring it on-stage – fab-u-lous!”
★ ★ ★ ★ – The Herald

“All the actors are excellent and play the crowd well throughout. This epic panto is great value and keeps The Royal Conservatoire’s reputation as Panto champion not only intact but as gleaming as Aladdin’s magic lamp. Book early for next year’s offerings as these tickets are hot.”
★ ★ ★ ★ – The Mumble

Gordon McPherson, a Purely Private Person – Nov 2015
” Without qualification, it was one of the concerts of the year”
★ ★ ★ ★ ★ – The Herald

Ilya Gringolts/Fali Pavri – Nov 2015
” I felt as though I had been sucked into the heart of the piece.”
★ ★ ★ ★- The Herald

Kidnapped – Nov 2015
“Amazing circus and ariel antics ensures this as an epic production from the students. Fantastically engrossing – the buzz you get from the cast will energise you for days.”
★ ★ ★ ★ ★- Mumble Theatre

The Strange Case of Jekyll and Hyde – Nov 2015

“Nothing is quite as scary as real life, and this four-night adaptation crams a lifetime of Halloweens into a ninety-minute account of disturbing, phantasmagoria horror. Nightmares never looked so appealing.”
★ ★ ★ ★- Mumble Theatre

Stevenson Winds – Oct 2015

“an emotional arrow straight to the heart”

★ ★ ★ ★ – Michael Tumelty, The Herald


Scottish Ensemble and RCS String Ensemble – Oct 2015
“stimulated by the energy, drive, and sheer hell-for-leather enthusiasm of the students”

★ ★ ★ ★- Michael Tumelty, The Herald

The Rake’s Progress – Edinburgh Fringe 2015

“There was a lot of home-grown talent on stage in this performance of Stravinsky’s mid 20th century masterwork, which was much more than a mere “concert” version.”
The Herald
Read the full review here

“With minimal but incredibly astute stage direction, led by conductor Sir Andrew Davis, everything combined under his unpretentious baton to result in a performance that enchanted from start to finish.”
WOW 24/7 – 5 stars
Read the full review here

“The Royal Conservatoire Voices were an agile bunch who came into their own in the playful auction scene.”
The Guardian – 4 stars
Read the full review here

” Vivid concert performance of The Rake’s Progress by the Scottish Chamber Orchestra under Andrew Davis.”
The Times – 4 stars
Read the full review here

“The newly formed Royal Conservatoire Voices, under chorus master Timothy Dean, produced a vibrant and focused youthful sound, every word crystal clear.”
Bachtrack – 4 stars
Read the full review here

 

Urinetown – Edinburgh Fringe August 2015

“The show is extremely self-referential and aware of musical theatre devices and Ken Alexander brings out every drop of comedy from his young cast and utilises its clever stage design by Rich Evans to full affect.”
The Publicreviews.com – 5 stars
Read the full review here

“the choreography and songs capture the energy of the show excellently. Urinetown is well worth spending a penny (or slightly more) on.”
TVbomb.co.uk – 4 stars
Read the full review here

” Act One’s lovers’ duet Follow Your Heart and Act Two’s rousing Run, Freedom, Run! would be worth the reasonable ticket price alone. With a convenient 11.45am time slot and a centrally located venue it could be the perfect start to any day at the Fringe.”
heralsscotland.com
Read the full review here

Under The Ground – Edinburgh Fringe August 2015

“this charming new show by Katie Barnett and Megan Hughes is God’s gift to people-watchers.”
musicaltheatrereview.com – 5 stars
Read the full review here

” A beautiful portrayal of human experience.”
edfestmag – 4 stars
Read the full review here

Willy’s Bitches – Edinburgh Festival 2015

“Song after song sandwiched with some of the most memorable of the Bard’s lines, slick musical direction by Tamara Saringer and fine male accompaniment from the band (a pleasing reversal of the gender norms on stage) enhanced the promised “bad-arsery”.
heralsscotland.com – 4 stars
Read the full review here

“a brilliant selection of musical numbers from Shakespeare’s back catalogue that leaves you pinning for entire productions of each… The cast are superb, gutsy and passionate, and they revel in the depth of their characters… Well worth a watch.”
Edinburgh Festival magazine – 4 stars
Read the review here

13 – June 2015
“the young cast grab hold of its ideas with subtlety and nuance”
heraldscotland.com – 4 stars
Read the full review here

Sir John in Love – April 2015
“a delight to listen to”
heraldscotland.com – 5 stars
Read the full review here

“a particularly special and enjoyable production”
bachtrack.com – 4 stars
Read the full review here

RCS Concerto Soloists with the RSNO – April 2015
“a brilliant, stimulating, entertaining and informative evening ”
heraldscotland.com – 5 stars
Read the full review here

West Side Story – March 2015
“memorably moving and impressive ”
heraldscotland.com – 4 stars
Read the full review here

Opera Project – March 2015
“fine performances throughout and musically sure-footed over tricky terrain ”
heraldscotland.com – 4 stars
Read the full review here

As You Like It – January 2015
“The ensemble cast was without a weak link ”
heraldscotland.com – 4 stars
Read the full review here

A Midsummer Night’s Dream – January 2015
“All senses of humour will be tickled at least once in this powerful production”
Mumble Theatre – 5 stars
Read the full review here

Fridays at One: Jonathan Fournel – January 2015
“a major emerging talent, there’s no doubt”
The Scotsman – 4 stars
Read the full review here

Ballet

Modern Ballet Graduation Performance – June 2014
“they all deliver the same, confident statement through the elegant rigours of classical technique: ‘this is who we are, this is what we do'” – Mary Brennan, heraldscotland.com – 4 stars
Read the full review here

MONAD – Rite of Spring 100 year son – May 2013
“Monad felt a bit like Spring itself, bursting with youth, talent and possibility” Kirstinne Innes, scotsman.com 4 Stars
Read the full review here

Modern Ballet Performance – May 2012
“precise, nippy footwork”Mary Brennan, heraldscotland.com
Read the full review here

Drama

A Midsummer Night’s Dream – March 2017
“Each actor pours sinew and soul into their performance”
★★★★★ – Mumble Theatre

Into the New
“Epic and stunning”
★★★★ – The Herald

Macbeth
“a thrillingly primal piece of work”
★★★★ – The Herald

Hamlet – March 2016
“Every detail was carefully crafted by the creative team;… [they turn] this old story into a Tarantinoesque contemporary drama.”
★★★★ – Mumble Theatre
Read the full review here

Into The New

“From the first show of my day, Corrie McKendrick’s interactive treat for under-fives, through to the final blitzkrieg of music, costume and performance by Nima Seme in ICHI PINKS trulove, this was Into the New on a roll. Bereft of the Arches, this annual showcase of work by graduating students followed the example of Buzzcut festivals and installed itself at the Pearce Institute.”

★ ★ ★ ★ – The Herald

Dick McWhittington – RCS Panto 2015

“All ages get plenty of laughs, from lovelorn Sandy (Nicholas Barton-Wines in daftly lovable numpty mode) while Robert Ginty has the knack of being a classic McHugh dame. Meanwhile, the cat’s whiskers, and all furry feline traits, come together purrfectly in Chloe-Ann Tylor’s Kitty while Robin People’s whimsical designs don’t just float this panto’s boat, they bring it on-stage – fab-u-lous!”
★ ★ ★ ★ – The Herald
Read the full review here

“All the actors are excellent and play the crowd well throughout. This epic panto is great value and keeps The Royal Conservatoire’s reputation as Panto champion not only intact but as gleaming as Aladdin’s magic lamp. Book early for next year’s offerings as these tickets are hot.”
★ ★ ★ ★ – The Mumble
Read the full review here

The Hypochondriak – November 2014
“richly evocative dialogue is captured impeccably by a young cast of final-year acting students.” – heraldscotland.com – 3 stars
Read the full review here

The Country Wife – November 2014
“With a gentle tickling of the heartstrings, it managed to simultaneously mock and celebrate the innate foibles of humanity. Beautifully done.” – heraldscotland.com – 5 stars
Read the full review here

Festen – June 2014
“revelations explode in the intimacy of the setting in what would be a stunning ensemble performance from a professional company, let alone one where first and second years augment their senior colleagues” – Keith Bruce, heraldscotland.com – 5 stars
Read the full review here

Hamlet – June 2014
“oozes a brooding physicality” – Marianne Gunn, heraldscotland.com – 3 stars
Read the full review here

Victory: Choices in Reaction – May 2013
“careful, perfectly detailed production” Joyce McMillan, scotsman.com – 4 stars
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Observe the Sons of Ulster marching Towards the Somme – June 2012
“breathtaking production values”Joyce McMillan, scotsman.com
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Aladdin – 5th Dec 2011
“this Aladdin didn’t short-change its audience in terms of entertainment” Mary Brennan, Herald Scotland
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Music Reviews

Fridays at One: SCO Winds with RCS Stevenson Winds
“a magnificent tour de force”
★★★★★ – The Herald
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Fridays at One: Sinae Lee
“an astounding account of a ripe selection of piano music”
★★★★ – The Herald
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St John Passion – Sun 6 Mar 2016
“It may be the briefer of Bach’s gospel oratorios, but St John Passion was a highlight for Glasgow Cathedral’s Festival of Music.”
★ ★ ★ ★ – The Herald
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Steven Osborne – Jan 2016

“The whole thing was fascinatingly-provocative of thought, as well as being a thrilling and engaging musical adventure.”
★ ★ ★ ★ ★ – The Herald
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Stravinskey Sings – Jan 2016

” The performances were terrific, and really expressive. The opening yelps of the Symphonies were electrifying, the students played up to the hilt, and Dean’s intelligent structuring of the piece was lucid in its acuity. The eight players in the Octet, with Andrey Rubtsov in discreet but perceptive control, did a frankly fabulous job on the music, characterising it wonderfully, with all of its humour, hell-for-leather pacing and near-outrageous cartoon capers.”

★ ★ ★ ★ ★ – The Herald

Woodwind Focus – Jan 2016

“A tremendous display from the mostly-student forces, pulsing with sophisticated, refined sax ensemble playing. The opening number, for quartet, was an unmistakably French composition by Alfred Desenclos, a gorgeous, romantic piece whose throbbing slow movement should have carried an 18-certificate.”

★ ★ ★ ★ – The Herald

 

Stevenson Winds – Oct 2015 ,
“an emotional arrow straight to the heart” – Michael Tumelty, heraldscotland.com – 4 stars
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Scottish Ensemble and RCS String Ensemble – Oct 2015 ,
“stimulated by the energy, drive, and sheer hell-for-leather enthusiasm of the students” – Michael Tumelty, heraldscotland.com – 4 stars
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Steven Osbourne – May 2013 ,
“What a palette this man has. It was uplifting, sobering and shattering, all at once.” Michael Tumelty, heraldscotland.com – 5 stars
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Women in the Shadows – 15 Feb 2013
“There is a magic when these two perform together”Michael Tumelty, heraldscotland.com – 5 stars
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Women in the Shadows – 14 Feb 2013
“charming and delightful ” Michael Tumelty, heraldscotland.com – 4 Stars
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SCO Winds – Nov 2012
“This was an amazing, life-enhancing musical experience” – Michael Tumelty, heraldscotland.com – 5 stars
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Plug: The Return of Volkov – April 2012
“performances of effortless integrity” Kenneth Walton, scotsman.com
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Plug: Red Note Ensemble – April 2012
“an extraordinary explosion of imagination and invention”Micheal Tumelty, Heraldscotland.com
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Stevenson Winds – April 2012
“expertly and effortlessly played ” Micheal Tumelty, Heraldscotland.com
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Jung Soo Yun – April 2012
“a voice that utterly enthralled”Kenneth Walton, Scotsman.com – 4 stars
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Brodsky Quartet – 7 Mar 2012
“supreme”, “sublime” Micheal Tumelty, Heraldscotland.com
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Schubert Piano Duets – Jan 2012
“a superbly structured performance, delivered with style and class” Micheal Tumelty, Heraldscotland.com
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Psappha @ 20 – Jan 2012
“…one to watch”Keith Bruce, Heraldscotland.com
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RCS Brass – 7th – 17th Dec 2011
“Dazzling stuff”Micheal Tumelty, Herald Scotland
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Mahler’s 7th Symphony – 14th Dec 2011
“It has to be said that this was a thrilling performance” – Bachtrack.com – 4 stars
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Kodaly: With Strings attached – 10th Oct 2011
“power, panache and a remarkable intimacy” – Micheal Tumelty, Herald Scotland – 4 stars
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Musical Theatre

9 to 5

“This is a fabulous production – the quality is outstanding. The talent of the cast would rival anything you see in the West End. I dare anyone to leave 9 to 5 without a smile on their face.”
★★★★★ – Broadway World
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9 to 5
9 to 5 will leave you with a smile on your face and the words to its signature song running round in your head. With such an upbeat score, a funny script and a ridiculous story line, you should be tumbling out of bed to bag a ticket.”
★★★★ – Brittish Theatre Guide
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9 to 5

“A fun and enjoyable experience. The acting was also exceptional – the accents were spot on, the choreography was as camp as it could be. The musical numbers boasted perfect harmonies and wonderful vocals, which was enough to get the audiences singing along at times. If you’re a Dolly Parton fanatic and have a love for musicals, then head on down!”
★★★★ – Arts Award Voice
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Confessions of a Justified Songwriter
“A well-crafted piece, taking us into the often vulnerable underbelly of the music business. The skill from the Kielty brothers in writing the piece is that each song has a separate style, the flow coming from the dialogue as we find out more about each of the writers in the team and how, with testing a variety of approaches, they can create a range of songs with varying degrees of success.”
★★★★ – Musical Theatre Review
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Naughty cat and the Cheesy Moon – August 2016

“The quality of Naughty Cat and the Cheesy Moon is exceptional. The songs are fantastic and annoyingly catchy, and the vocals are incredible. I would say that this show is for fans of musical theatre as well as for children, because the whole production is just excellent.”
★★★★ – Broadway world
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Cabaret – March 2016
“A complete triumph”
★★★★★ – The Herald
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Urinetown – Edinburgh Fringe August 2015
“The show is extremely self-referential and aware of musical theatre devices and Ken Alexander brings out every drop of comedy from his young cast and utilises its clever stage design by Rich Evans to full affect.”
The Publicreviews.com – 5 stars
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“the choreography and songs capture the energy of the show excellently. Urinetown is well worth spending a penny (or slightly more) on.”
TVbomb.co.uk – 4 stars
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” Act One’s lovers’ duet Follow Your Heart and Act Two’s rousing Run, Freedom, Run! would be worth the reasonable ticket price alone. With a convenient 11.45am time slot and a centrally located venue it could be the perfect start to any day at the Fringe.”
heralsscotland.com
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Under The Ground – Edinburgh Festival 2015
“Unrequited love, stalkers, hangovers, and homelessness provide the modern topics for the musical numbers.Written by Katie Barnett and Megan Hughes, there is pathos aplenty and fine direction by EJ Boyle.”
heralsscotland.com
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“this charming new show by Katie Barnett and Megan Hughes is God’s gift to people-watchers.”
musicaltheatrereview.com – 5 stars
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” A beautiful portrayal of human experience.”
edfestmag – 4 stars
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Willy’s Bitches – Edinburgh Festival 2015

“Song after song sandwiched with some of the most memorable of the Bard’s lines, slick musical direction by Tamara Saringer and fine male accompaniment from the band (a pleasing reversal of the gender norms on stage) enhanced the promised “bad-arsery”.
heralsscotland.com – 4 stars
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“a brilliant selection of musical numbers from Shakespeare’s back catalogue that leaves you pinning for entire productions of each… The cast are superb, gutsy and passionate, and they revel in the depth of their characters… Well worth a watch.”
Edinburgh Festival magazine – 4 stars
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The Addams Family – August 2014
“The cast as a whole are fantastic and have great on stage chemistry with one another” – backstagepass.biz – 5 stars
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Freak Show – August 2013
“The ensemble cast had fantastic vocal clarity and strength ” – Isla van Tricht, broadwaybaby.com – 4 stars
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‘achingly powerful ensemble singing’ Keith Bruce, heraldscotland.com – 5 Stars
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Avenue Q – August 2013
“Impressively infectious, impeccably put together and ultimately life affirming”Lauren Humphreys, broadwaybaby.com – 4 stars
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Little Shop of Horrors – Nov 2012
“slick and high-energy production “Shona Craver, scotsman.com – 4 stars
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The Threepenny Opera – May 2012
“raised the bar to a truly professional level” Ken Walton, scotsman.com
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Candid Cabaret – May 2012
“killer vocals and a perfectly varied programme” Marianne Gunnn, heraldscotland.com
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‘Tommy’ – Mar 2012
“breathtaking” Marianne Gunn, Heraldscotland.com – 4 stars
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Sunday in the Park with George – Edinburgh Fringe
“pure talent and theatricality”Martin Gray, The Scotsman – 5 stars
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Opera

Owen Wingrave – May 2016
“a very finely sung production from everyone”
★★★★ – Bachtrack
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Two Russian Tales – Mavra and The Bear – Feb/Mar 2016

Two Russian Tales were told in lightly vodka-fuelled sparkling form in the intimate opera studio at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in Glasgow.”

★ ★ ★ ★ – Bachtrack
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La Rondine – May 2014

“this was a very stylish production indeed ” – David Smyth, bachtrack.com – 4 stars
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A Midsummer Night’s Dream – Jan 2013
“the stage-craft on show is impressive” Keith Bruce, heraldscotland.com – 4 stars
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Verdi/Wagner Gala – Jan 2013
“The finest treats, however, were the vocal performances” Michael Tumelty, heraldscotland.com – 4 stars
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Betrothal in a Monastery – Jan 2012
“The overall standard is even higher than previous years” Andrew Clark, Financial Times – 4 stars
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