The Exchange Talks are our weekly series of public events in which members of our staff, academia and the professions share their research insights on art, society and the issues that matter to everyone.

Exchange Talks are free and open to anyone who has an interest in the performing arts and wants to hear new ideas. Most Exchange Talks take place in the Fyfe Lecture Theatre on Monday evening at 6pm.

RCS Staff and Students can access the archive of Exchange Talks on a Portal Page.

In light of the current situation surrounding COVID-19, Exchange Talks are now being livestreamed directly into your home. You can also watch Exchange Talks on RCSatHome.

Monday 19 April 2021, 6:00pm
The Work of Our Doctoral Students: An Evening of PechaKucha Presentations

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Are you curious to hear more about the innovative doctoral research taking place at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland?

9 of the RCS Doctoral Researchers will present their work in the fast-paced PechaKucha style in this Exchange Talk. What is PechaKucha? Each presenter has only six minutes and forty seconds to introduce, conceptualise and critique their doctoral research. The presentations are each twenty slides and twenty seconds-per-slide, leading to a race against time.

Speakers include:

Sandy Coffin
Innovation and Influence: Nineteenth-century brass inventions, repertoire, performance practice and music learning

A summary of the ‘dis-Cover-y’ and ‘un-Cover -ing’ of a set of pieces written for the Sax brass instruments in Paris of the early 1850s, including  the search for the true identity and context of the composer Mimart, culminating in a brief glimpse into the soundscape of the time.

Clarisse Teo
The Piano Sonatas of Anatoly Alexandrov

Anatoly Alexandrov (1888-1982) was a prolific Russian/Soviet composer-pianist who wrote primarily for the piano. He composed fourteen piano sonatas, an unusually large number given the genre’s decline in the 20th Century. Unfortunately, these sonatas are rarely heard today. This presentation will provide a brief overview of Alexandrov and his piano sonatas.

Neil Wood
An exploration of world fingernail harp styles and their techniques, with a view to their incorporation into contemporary traditional Scottish harp practice

This Pecha Kucha presentation will explore the various attempts at revival and the arguable reinvention of the traditional Scottish Harp from its near total loss in the 18th century to the present day.

Justyna Jablonska-Edmonds
Creating semi-idiomatic music on the ‘cello by reconfiguring Carnatic forms with extended and amplified techniques.

Justyna is a third year part-time PhD student doing practice-based research on South Indian (Carnatic) music focusing on improvisation and adaptation of Carnatic playing techniques onto the ‘cello. This presentation will outline Justyna’s approach to creating semi-idiomatic music on the ‘cello by reconfiguring Carnatic music forms with extended and amplified techniques.

Thomas Green 
Voicing the Mask – Shifting Theatrical and Compositional Identities through Digital Processing

Where is the voice – is it trapped somewhere in our throats? Who owns the voice – is it of the body? This presentation will consider the departure from vocal embodiment to a late capitalist construction: the voice as information


Alice Mary Allen
The Cello in Scottish Traditional Music: History and Revival.

Alice’s research examines the cello’s unique history among traditional instruments in Scotland. It was central to dance music in the ‘golden age’ of Scottish fiddle music in the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. But where did it go, and what did it sound like?

Victor Garcia Garcia
Bernhard Romberg, Anton Kraft and Jean Louis Duport: a Holistic Approach to their Musical Creative Processes.

What can we learn from the cellists that surrounded Beethoven’s life? This presentation will focus on how their activities as performers, composers and improvisors can be a source of inspiration in order to shape our own singular personal artistic voice.

Other speakers include:

  • Claire Ruckert

Monday 26 April 2021, 6:00pm
Creative Wellbeing: the role of the arts in promoting health and wellbeing and lifelong learning

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In a collaboration between the Scottish Educational Research Association (SERA) and the RCS Research & Knowledge Exchange, we are delighted to share some current research of colleagues at RCS on the importance of the arts for promoting health and wellbeing and lifelong learning. This seminar will provide short inputs from three speakers to initiate discussion. More information is available here. 

Speakers: Dr Rachel Drury; Dr Brianna Robertson-Kirkland; Dr Bethany Whiteside.
Chair: Dr Angela Jaap






If you are interested in sharing your work in an Exchange Talk Livestream please email Stephanie Edwards,  Research & Knowledge Exchange Officer.

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