RCS celebrates 175 years with special anniversary collection

RCS celebrates 175 years with special anniversary collection

Published: 11/03/2022

The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland (RCS) is marking its 175th anniversary in style … with the launch of a commemorative collection for its milestone year.

From a fascinating new book and bespoke tartan to stunning limited-edition prints, the special anniversary keepsakes – available from the RCS Shop – celebrate 175 years of excellence in performing arts education.

Champagne flutes and whisky glasses

Raise a glass to Scotland’s national conservatoire with elegant champagne flutes and whisky tumblers, engraved with the 175th anniversary logo. Presented in satin-lined presentation boxes, each set of two is priced £50.



Embroidered RCS tartan scarf

A timeless essential, wrap up in the RCS tartan scarf, £37.50, inspired by the rich history of the institution and its bold and dynamic vision. Designed by Glasgow-based Slanj and made in Scotland, the tartan – with 175 embroidered logo – is a contemporary blend of blue, purple and grey to represent the Conservatoire’s schools and art forms.

Limited-edition Steven McClure prints

Take home a little piece of RCS with limited-edition prints from artist and illustrator Steven McClure, renowned for his distinctive, hand-drawn designs of Glasgow landmarks.

Limited-edition print of the RCS Renfrew Street building by artist Steven McClure

Steven has depicted the Renfrew Street building and the beautiful New Athenaeum – the proscenium arch theatre and main performance venue at RCS, which has launched the careers of many stars of stage and screen. The A5 artworks (14.8cm x 21cm) are £20 each and mounted and ready for framing.

Limited-edition print of the RCS New Athenaeum Theatre by artist Steven McClure

Royal Conservatoire of Scotland: Raising the Curtain book

New book Royal-Conservatoire-of-Scotland-Raising-the-Curtain-book-celebrates-175th-anniversary-of-RCS

A show-stopping, page-turning new book turns the spotlight on the fascinating history of RCS. Royal Conservatoire of Scotland: Raising the Curtain, published by Luath Press, showcases 175 years of magic and memories at the nation’s conservatoire.

It’s a dazzling delve into the rich heritage of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, bringing the past and present to life in an illuminating behind-the-scenes look at this iconic Glasgow institution with a global reputation

Its pages are filled with intimate insights from more than 20 famous alumni and former staff and stunning images that include never-before-seen photographs and archival material.

RCS graduate Sam Heughan with RCS patron The Duke of Rothesay in the New Athenaeum Theatre at RCS. © Robert McFadzean

There are personal revelations from acclaimed opera star Karen Cargill, former Scots Makar Jackie Kay, award-winning saxophonist and educator Tommy Smith, Professor Emerita and retired RCS Deputy Principal Maggie Kinloch, and actors Richard Madden, James McAvoy, Ncuti Gatwa and David Tennant, who all take centre stage to share their experiences, revealing what RCS has meant to them and their careers.

Royal Conservatoire of Scotland: Raising the Curtain is available in paperback (£20), hardback (£40) and limited-edition copy (£175).

Alumnus Alan Cumming in the Stevenson Hall © Robert McFadzean


Special performances and events are lined up throughout 2022 to celebrate RCS’s 175th anniversary, visit rcs.ac.uk for the latest news.

The 175th anniversary collection is available from the RCS Shop.




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