Royal Conservatoire of Scotland delighted by extension of royal patronage
His Royal Highness, The Prince Charles, Duke of Rothesay, has extended his Patronage of Scotland’s national conservatoire.
Welcoming the announcement, Professor Jeffrey Sharkey, Principal of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland,said: “The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland values deeply and benefits from The Duke of Rothesay’s Patronage and we are delighted and honoured to have this continue.Our Patron is passionate about the value of the arts to society and is committed, as we are, to the vital importance of early access to and progression in arts education.”
The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland is a world leader in performing arts education and oneof Europe’s most multi-disciplinary arts education environments, teaching music, drama, dance, production and film. The institution received its royal prefix in 1944 from King George V. The then-Queen Elizabeth assumed the role of Patron, a role in which she continued as Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother until her death in 2002.
During her Patronage, Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother officially opened the Conservatoire’s purpose-built Renfrew Street building in 1987. She also received the institution’s first honorary doctorate at Clarence House on 17 November 1994 to mark her Golden Jubilee as Patron. Following in his grandmother’s footsteps, The Duke of Rothesay became Patron in 2003.
The Duke of Rothesay’s most recent visit to the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland was in May this year when he met students from a range of disciplines and viewed their creative and performance work. Royal Conservatoire graduate, actor Sam Heughan, star of hit TV dramaOutlander, returned to his roots and met with His Royal Highness during his tour.
In June, students and graduates of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, including Sam Heughan, international mezzo-soprano Karen Cargill and conductor Jessica Cottis performed at Buckingham Palace at a celebration for The Prince’s Foundation. The Conservatoire works in partnership with The Prince’s Foundationto providespecialistarts teaching for children, a relationship His Royal Highness has inspired and encouraged. A thriving programme at Dumfries House in Ayrshire currently delivers specialist strings and dance tuition, with further programmes being planned in Scotland.