RCS Leverhulme Conducting Fellow awarded second place at international contest

A Royal Conservatoire of Scotland conductor has secured a podium place in a prestigious international competition. Leverhulme Conducting Fellow, Simon Proust, came second in the recent Princess Astrid International Music Competition held in Trondheim, Norway, amid a global field of competitors. The 28-year-old progressed through several rounds of competitions en route to the final, where

Junior Conservatoire accordionist makes history with podium place at global music contest

An East Dunbartonshire performer has made history after becoming the youngest person – and first Scot – to secure a podium place at one of the world’s most prestigious accordion competitions. Musician Ryan Corbett was also the highest placed European participant after coming third in the Performer category at the recent Harbin Summer International Accordion


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.


UK first as RCS takes top 5 spot in Complete University Guide league table

The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland has climbed The Complete University Guide’s 2019 league tables – the first time an arts education institution outside London has made the top five. Scotland’s national conservatoire has jumped from seven in 2018 to two in the UK-wide rankings for specialist arts, drama and music institutions. The full table is


New music to receive spark at Royal Conservatoire’s Plug festival

The curtain is to rise on one of the country’s foremost celebrations of new music as more than 65 premieres by around 50 composers are showcased at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland’s 2018 Plug Festival. The Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Red Note and Glasgow New Music Expedition are among the renowned ensembles collaborating with composition