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Graduate of the Month: Kenneth Reid

Tenor Kenneth Reid has undertaken a fascinating journey on his path to being an opera performer. From Paisley to the Spanish Pyrenees and from Syria to Scotland’s national conservatoire, this was not a conventional route – but he wouldn’t change it for the world. Mark Good spoke to September’s Graduate of the Month. The support

Under the Spotlight: Kieran Brown

From donning the famous Phantom mask to setting sail with Titanic the Musical, Kieran Brown (BA Dramatic Studies 2000) is enjoying a busy career on stage. Now living in London, the acclaimed West End performer chats to Mark Good about life on tour. 

Graduate of the Month: Cora Bissett

We catch up with Cora Bissett, alumna and acclaimed theatre director as she brings her latest production to a close at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

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Ryan Bancroft wins 2018 Malko Competition for Young Conductors

Conducting graduate Ryan Bancroft (MMus Conducting 2015) has won the 2018 Malko Competition for Young Conductors. The 28-year-old won €20,000 and gained new mentors in Fabio Luisi and Jennifer Spencer, as well as invitations, to conduct 24 symphony orchestras from Canada, Europe and the Far East following his recent victory at the competition in Copenhagen.

Obituary: Andrew Downs

Tributes have been paid to Andrew Downs (Diploma Dramatic Arts 1979), following his death earlier in 2017. Fellow graduate Grant Cathro (Diploma Dramatic Arts 1979) has written an obituary celebrating Andrew’s life.   Obituary: Andrew Downs   In September 1976 Andy Downs arrived in Glasgow from Belfast, having successfully auditioned for the three-year Acting course at

Graduate of the month: Neil Laidlaw

As an acclaimed theatre producer in one of the world’s major cities, Burntisland boy Neil Laidlaw has to pinch himself most days. It’s a far cry from standing behind the counter in his local bank, as Mark Good finds out. Neil Laidlaw was transfixed. A raw, if unashamedly keen first year dramatic studies student, he

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Graduate duo appointed to RSNO

Two Royal Conservatoire of Scotland music graduates have been appointed to positions in the Royal Scottish National Orchestra (RSNO). Andrew McLean has been announced as Associate Principal Horn and Peter Dykes becomes Associate Principal Oboe at Scotland’s national orchestra following a competitive audition and trial process. For Andrew, the role comes two years after he

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Under the Spotlight: Jack Nurse

Jack Nurse enjoys fond memories of his studies at the Royal Conservatoire. A graduate of the Contemporary Performance Practice course, the 22-year-old has co-founded theatre company Wonder Fools along with fellow graduate, Robbie Gordon. The pair enjoy tackling real-life social issues and their latest production addresses a topic which is regularly hitting the headlines in

Graduate of the month: Sam McShane

From taking an orchestra to Glastonbury and collaborating with Manchester City FC, Sam McShane is not afraid to chart new waters when it comes to classical music. Ready to unleash her unbridled creativity on her alma mater after being appointed Head of Artistic Planning at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Sam is an ideal Graduate