Prestigious wine merchants Corney & Barrow support performing arts at RCS

Published: January 20, 2017


Corney & Barrow supporting performing arts with the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland

Corney & Barrow, one of the country’s most historic independent wine merchants, has unveiled an exciting new partnership to support and celebrate performing arts education with the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.

Dating back to 1780, Corney & Barrow is investing in the next generation of world-class performing artists through a new partnership unveiled as the nation’s conservatoire begins its 170th anniversary celebrations.

The internationally renowned company has Royal Warrants dating back to George V in 1912, and is currently the supplier to HM Queen Elizabeth II and HRH the Prince of Wales. Still privately owned, Corney & Barrow has grown nationally and internationally into every sector of the market with offices in London, Edinburgh, North Yorkshire and, most recently, Hong Kong. Having acquired the Scottish merchants Whighams of Ayr in 1994, Corney & Barrow recently celebrated the 250th anniversary of its cellars in Ayr.

Corney & Barrow aims to offer carefully-selected wines that not only deliver quality and value for money, but also a sense of place. At 230 years old, Corney & Barrow offers wines which they believe to be the best examples of a wine style, country, region or sub-region, whether they are wines to drink immediately or wines to lay down.

The new partnership is the latest in a series of prestigious partnerships formed by the Conservatoire, including an innovative performance and widening access programme at Dumfries House and a scholarship and performance programme with the iconic internationally-loved hotel, Gleneagles.

Corney & Barrow is to support a range of activity throughout 2017. This includes gala performances of the hit Broadway/West End musical, Chess, in March and Die Fledermaus in May. The first Corney & Barrow supported event at the Conservatoire is a Professorial address by Andrew Panton on January 27th.

Professor Jeffrey Sharkey, Principal of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, said:

“We’re delighted to be working in partnership with the team at Corney & Barrow. We share great heritage in Scotland, we both value excellence and share a passion for the arts as a place that can connect people and creates rewarding and life-changing moments. As we celebrate our 170th anniversary over the course of this year, this great new partnership provides an ideal opportunity to raise a glass to the many wonderful musical and cultural moments we will create throughout our celebrations.”

Bryce Fraser, Managing Director of Corney & Barrow in Scotland and North of England said:

“Our partnership with the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland is a fantastic opportunity to bring together the finer things in life. Great performances deserve equally welcoming hospitality. We believe our wines will enhance the already marvellous experience that Royal Conservatoire attendees enjoy, and we look forward to sharing them in the year ahead.”