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MMus Historically Informed Performance Practice

Introduction

The MMus in Historically Informed Performance Practice is offered by the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in conjunction with the University of Glasgow. It will provide you with opportunities to develop insight and experience in historical performance practice of music, through a combination of vocal or instrumental study, performance-related academic research and an element of apprenticeship with professional ensembles.

The programme draws upon the staff expertise and facilities of both institutions, offering a unique opportunity to study alongside world-class performer-scholars within both the University and the Conservatoire environment.

Photo credit: John Wood

Introduction

The MMus in Historically Informed Performance Practice is offered by the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in conjunction with the University of Glasgow. It will provide you with opportunities to develop insight and experience in historical performance practice of music, through a combination of vocal or instrumental study, performance-related academic research and an element of apprenticeship with professional ensembles.

The programme draws upon the staff expertise and facilities of both institutions, offering a unique opportunity to study alongside world-class performer-scholars within both the University and the Conservatoire environment.

Photo credit: John Wood

Programme Outline

There are two routes available for this programme: one weighted toward performance, the other toward musicological enquiry.

Core courses include

  • Two series of seminars in historically informed performance practice
  • Practical presentation
  • Practical portfolio
  • Dissertation
  • Assessed performance recital

You will have the opportunity to undertake workshops, rehearsals and potentially performances in collaboration with leading ensembles such as the Dunedin Consort and Concerto Caledonia.

As a UNESCO City of Music, Glasgow offers enormous opportunities to become involved with music making at a professional level. There is ample opportunity for ensemble playing, leading to the development of valuable musical team working and interpersonal skills.

How to apply

Applications for the Historically Informed Performance Practice programme should be made directly to the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.

Before applying we recommend that you read the Guide for Applicants which provides information regarding entry requirements, and the full application and audition process. Please download the Guide to Applicants – MMus/MA here.

Late applications may be considered, find out more on our Apply for Music page.

 

Why choose us?

  • We offer the unique opportunity to study alongside world-class performer-scholars, and to work both within the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and the University of Glasgow.
  • The UK’s first UNESCO city of music, Glasgow is home to the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Scottish Opera and National Theatre of Scotland.
  • If you’re aspiring to perform professionally or wishing to undertake historical research relating to performance practice, or both: this programme is designed for you.
  • As an accomplished performer, this programme will enhance your performance skills and knowledge with detailed, rigorous study of historical performance practice (particularly of music of the 17th and 18th centuries).
  • You will benefit from access to facilities including seminar and practice rooms, the University of Glasgow and RCS library, audio labs and an electroacoustic music studio, the Royal Conservatoire and University’s concert halls and studios. .