Our annual, multi-day festivals are the perfect opportunity to experience the wealth of talent and variety of disciplines available here at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. From brand new, innovative student performances to masterclasses hosted by leading musicians, there is truly something for everyone. Each performance is unique, and the festivals give audiences a chance to witness incredible emerging talent from across the Conservatoire or learn from the masters in our world-class facilities. You can learn more about each festival below.

Emergence Festival

Emergence is taking place on 27-28 January 2023 at Glue Factory.

Emergence 2023 is a festival of new work from the graduating artists of the MFA Acting/Directing Classical and Contemporary Text programme. Across two nights in January, four live performances and a short film will be presented within the post-industrial galleries of Glasgow’s Glue Factory.

Raw, bold, and penetrating, these performances act as an antidote to the dark chill of January. You can expect collisions and challenges, interrogations of responsibility and trust, and bloody good fun.

These five projects are the result of what can happen when artists are given a small budget and autonomy to respond to the provocation: what is the future of theatre?

Tickets are now on sale.

Into The New

Into the New is a festival of contemporary performance based in Glasgow. The 2023 edition will be taking place 17 and 18 February at Tramway.

The 2022 edition of the festival saw 13 world premieres of live art, films and performances created by our final year BA (Hons) Contemporary Performance Practice students. As well as these original works, there were a multitude of artist talks and a symposium with practitioners from across the UK. 

Piano Festival

Our annual Piano Festival showcases the talents of our Keyboard students from the School of Music, featuring a varied programme of familiar music reimagined in new ways and unique collaborations with students from our School of Dance.


PLUG Festival is a longstanding celebration of exciting new music from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, with over 300 new works receiving their premiere performances over the past 17 years.

Working with a huge number of ensembles and guest artists over the years – including Red Note Ensemble, Glasgow New Music Expedition, Hebrides Ensemble, Chamber Music Scotland, Gaia, RSNO and many more – PLUG is a launch pad for the new experiments and exciting ideas bouncing around RCS. Get ready to dive in and listen to some amazing new compositional work created by our students.

“…Scotland’s most ambitious and daring new music project.” (The Herald)

On The Verge

Our next edition of On the Verge will be taking place digitally in June 2023.

On the Verge has been part of the RCS performance calendar for over 10 years, during which time many of the artists have gone on to tour their work nationally and beyond. It’s a showcase of new work celebrating big ideas and big ambition – a step into the unknown.

The work is wide ranging, exploring stories, ideas and questions from the deeply personal to the socio-political and beyond. The projects are united in a shared desire to explore what might be possible both in front of and behind the camera.

Edinburgh Festival

In the 17 years that RCS has been coming to the Fringe, their high quality productions have earned a string of five-star reviews and are some of the hottest tickets in town.

With high-energy singing, dancing and a live band, RCS students returned to the Fringe in 2022 with the musical adaptation of Louisa May Alcott’s classic novel Little Women and the much-loved Gospel musical Godspell.

Big Guitar Weekend

The Big Guitar Weekend is a festival in celebration of classical guitar. Performers from 2022 included Nicholas Goluses, Sean Shibe, Tim Beattie and RCS Guitarists.

The Big Guitar Weekend course runs alongside the performances and provides guitarists of all abilities the opportunity to study with our world-class faculty at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. It is open to guitarists from nine years of age to adult and is designed to support guitarists of all ages and abilities, including the most serious/advanced young pre-professional/professional guitarists in training.


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