Global stars of music and dance set to be honoured by Scotland’s national conservatoire

Three world-renowned figures in music and dance will receive honorary degrees from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in its summer graduation ceremonies on Tuesday July 4 2017.

  • An honorary degree of Doctor of Dance will be awarded to Darcey Bussell CBE, former principal ballerina with The Royal Ballet and judge on BBC television show Strictly Come Dancing.
  • An honorary degree of Doctor of Music will be awarded to Dame Evelyn Glennie, the world’s first full time solo percussionist and inspirational teacher.
  • An honorary degree of Doctor of Music will be awarded to Professor Mícheál Ó Súilleabháin, internationally acclaimed composer and musician and founding director of the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance at the University of Limerick.

Professor Jeffrey Sharkey, Principal of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, will confer the honorary degrees at three graduation ceremonies on Tuesday 4 July at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in Glasgow. The distinguished trio will be joined by nearly 300 students who are graduating from Scotland’s national conservatoire across the disciplines of music, drama, dance, production and film. The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland – which is celebrating its 170th anniversary in 2017 – is one of the world’s top three performing arts institutions and is ranked number one in Scotland for graduate employability.

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

“It gives me great pleasure to announce the three outstanding and inspirational individuals in the worlds of music and dance as recipients of our 2017 honorary degrees. It is an honour to welcome Darcey Bussell, Dame Evelyn Glennie and Mícheál Ó Súilleabháin to our community and celebrate their exceptional achievements. Our honorary graduands have excelled in their chosen art forms and they embody the values and spirit of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland – they are dynamic and creative individuals who have made significant contributions to the cultural landscape.

“We are delighted that Darcey, Evelyn and Mícheál will be our graduation speakers and share this joyful day of celebration with our students and their families.  We wish the class of 2017 all the very best as they embark on their professional journeys and a new and exciting chapter of their lives.”

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