Music, Drama and Dance: Scotland’s National Conservatoire Unveils New Season Of Performance

Music, Drama and Dance: Scotland’s National Conservatoire Unveils New Season Of Performance

Published: 07/09/2018

From guitar heroes to lost boys, breakfast with Brahms to sonic nights … take your seat for a powerful new season of performance at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.

Scotland’s national conservatoire is one of the world’s top performing arts education institutions and a busy arts venue with more than 500 performances every year.

From now until December, an eclectic mix of more than 100 events will captivate audiences of all ages. There’s ambitious and cutting-edge drama, ballet for little ones, family, festive fun and fascinating talks and lecture recitals. Music spans everything from classical to electronic, jazz to traditional with performances from internationally-renowned guest artists.

Highlights include:

  • Big Guitar Weekend: This popular guitar festival returns in November with concerts, competitions and classes including a performance from guitarist and RCS graduate Sean Shibe, the chart-topping, award-winning Royal Philharmonic Society’s Young Artist of the Year.
  • The Hilary Rosin Coffee Concert series: The Hilary Rosin Coffee Concert series brings a more relaxed vibe to a typical classical music concert. Established in celebration of a much-loved Glasgow piano teacher, the hour-long Sunday morning concerts are followed by coffee and a sweet treat, and a chat with the performers. This season features guest artists from Scottish Chamber Orchestra, RSNO, BBC SSO and Scottish Ballet.
  • Musical theatre: Bat Boy: The Musical follows a strange creature is it a bat? Is it a boy? This horror-comedy features some very serious themes in very odd circumstances.
  • Peter Pan: Adapted by Stuart Paterson, and starring final year Acting students, this production is sure to transport you and the whole family to the magical world of Neverland.
  • Talks: Exchange Key with David Greig, Artistic Director of the Royal Lyceum Theatre in Edinburgh. In The Constructed Space, the acclaimed and award-winning playwright will look at theatre’s origins in Athens, its links to democracy and citizenship and discuss the role theatre can play now in shaping and transforming the communal life of a city.
  • Lunchtime concerts: Fridays at One and Mondays at One return with international visiting artists including RCS graduate Anush Hovhannisyan; Susan Bullock and Malcolm Martineau; Stockholm Chamber Brass; Decoda; Moishe’s Bagel and Scottish Opera Emerging Artists.

Professor Jeffrey Sharkey, Principal of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, said: “It’s always exciting to unveil a new season of performance and we hope audiences will enjoy aa diverse mix of music, drama and dance from now until December.

“The curriculum at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland is built around performance to give our professionals-in-training the opportunity to develop as artists during their studies. By coming to see our students, audiences can play their part in supporting the next generation of UK and international performing and production artists.”

Looking ahead to the new year, the Royal Conservatoire’s2019 season (tickets go on sale in December) welcomes special guests for a series of concerts in partnership with BBC Radio 3. Artists include Catriona Morison, BBC Cardiff Singer of the World 2017 winner and RCS graduate; Brahms Prize 2018 winner Christiane Karg and baritone Thomas Oliemans. All will perform with acclaimed Scottish pianist Malcolm Martineau.

In February, award-winning cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason will perform in the Royal Conservatoire’s inaugural Cello Festival. Sheku became a household name after playing at the wedding of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex at Windsor Castle in May, where his performance was watched by nearly two billion people worldwide.

The Royal Conservatoire is committed to making its performances as accessible to as many people as possible with shows that are relaxed, captioned, British Sign Language interpreted and audio described. For D/deaf and hard of hearing patrons, the Deaf Theatre Club offers tickets for any accessible performance for £5. Concession prices are available and the Tickets26 initiative gives those under 26 access to any performance for just £5 (conditions apply).

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