Scottish Culture Awards
The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland has been nominated for two of The Herald’s Scottish Culture Awards, in the categories of Best Performing Arts Venue and Cultural Event of the Year for the Shakespearean celebration New Dreams.
These inaugural awards aim to highlight the wealth of talent within Scotland’s arts and culture scene and recognise the very best of the nation’s artists. We are delighted to be nominated in these two categories, and even more so to see so many of our collaborators, graduates and partners nominated for these awards.
RCS is nominated for its live performance event New Dreams, which formed part of the nation’s celebration of 400 years since Shakespeare’s death. Working in partnership with Glasgow University, the Glasgow School of Art and the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, RCS students and staff created a one-hour performance piece that was live streamed by the BBC and inspired by A Midsummer Night’s Dream. The project involved hundreds of students and performers from across all four partner organisations and we are proud to see the work recognised in the Cultural Event of the Year category
RCS is also nominated for Best Performing Arts Venue, highlighting the breadth of performances held in our Renfrew Street building. Each year RCS holds more than 500 performances across five venues, all within the one location, making it the busiest performing arts venue in Scotland.
Additionally in the Best Actor (screen) category, three of the four nominees are graduates of RCS, with James McAvoy, Kate Dickie and Sam Heughan all recognised for their big screen work, with alumni Alan Cumming and Maureen Beattie nominated in the Best Actor (theatre) category and composer Matthew Whiteside up for the One to Watch category.
Congratulations to everyone nominated; the Scottish Culture Awards will take place on 7 July.