RCS student spearheads creative community to nurture Scotland’s emerging artists

RCS student spearheads creative community to nurture Scotland’s emerging artists

Published: 28/06/2019

Some of the brightest new talent, trained in Scotland, will share their eclectic musical heritage in a special concert on Sunday, to launch a creative community that aims to nurture the nation’s emerging artists.

More than 30 performers and composers, from all over the world, will come together at Edinburgh’s Queen’s Hall for Tartan Threads staged by Young Classical Artists and it’s all down to an entrepreneurial Royal Conservatoire of Scotland student.

Kathryn Forrest (pictured above), a third year undergraduate soprano on the Bachelor of Music (Hons) Vocal Studies course, is the founder of Young Classical Artists, and she’s passionate about showcasing the next generation of creative artists.

“Young Classical Artists presents a platform and network for new classical artists from instrumentalists and singers to composers and conductors and creative industry professionals throughout Scotland,” says Kathryn.

“It offers performance, workshop and masterclass opportunities as well as a space for collaboration and career development. It also looks at how young women are often under represented at management level and how we address that.”

Kathryn, who studies with Wilma MacDougall at RCS, is supported by a Robertson Trust Scholarship, which has been instrumental in bringing the Tartan Threads concert to fruition.

“I have a scholarship from The Robertson Trust and I also applied for its voluntary self-development award which has gone towards staging the concert. I’ve had lots of support from The Robertson Trust, and the Royal Conservatoire, which is brilliant.”

The Robertson Trust’s self-development awards, of up to £4,000, are used to fund projects of the scholar’s choosing which aim to develop communities as well as a scholar’s own philanthropic potential.

The Tartan Threads concert will include works from Bach, Mozart and Rossini as well as three world premieres from composers and RCS students Graeme Law and William James Alexander Parker and graduate Amit Anand. Performers include current students and graduates, and Kathryn herself.

“We’re keen to stage new or underperformed works and create interesting ideas for performance so that all artists have the opportunity to work with the programming team to agree their input,” she says.

Visit the Queen’s Hall for tickets.


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