PLUG 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.

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

About Plug 2023

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.

This year, alumni Calum Huggan (percussion) and Stephanie Lamprea (voice) open the festival with new compositions by Ailie Ormston and Eli Morrison. The Keyboard and Brass departments showcase their incredible versatility, and we will be joined by our friends award-winning violin and cello duo GAIA, and Scotland’s leading contemporary music ensemble, Red Note.

Study Composition at RCS

Both the BMus and MMus Composition courses are designed to help you develop a range of high-level skills. The Composition department prides itself on its camaraderie and supportive environment and all the years from undergraduate to postgraduate to research are closely integrated.

The Composition department has connections and relationships with most professional music groups in Scotland and recently has collaborated with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Psappha, the Fidelio Trio, the New Music Players, the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Red Note, and Icebreaker, amongst other internationally-recognised orchestras and ensembles. We have also taken part in collaborative projects with Glasgow School of Art, Stirling University Art Collection, Glasgow Caledonian University and the Scottish Music Centre.


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