Exchange Talks programme

Welcome to our 2023-24 season of Exchange Talks! This year we will host a mix of in-person and online Exchange Talks reflecting the different disciplines at RCS, including: music, drama, dance, production, film, education, and research.

The Exchange Talks are our weekly series of public events at RCS in which members of our staff, students, and invited speakers from academia and the professions share their research insights on art and broader issues that affect everyone in society. Exchange Talks are free and open to anyone who has an interest in the performing arts and wants to hear new ideas.

RCS Staff and Students can access an archive of Exchange Talks on the Portal Page. You can also watch Exchange Talks on RCS at Home.

Please note, the programme is subject to change.

  • For in-person talks, please contact the RCS Box Office for tickets at
  • For online talks, please see the weblinks to register for each talk.

Upcoming talks

Monday 09 October 2023, 6:00-7:00 pm: Opera’s Search for a Witness: a composer-librettist’s perspective. Jackie Hazle (Royal Conservatoire of Scotland). In-person, Fyfe Lecture Theatre.

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PhD student Jackie Hazle not only wrote the music but the plot and libretto text for an opera ‘The Witnesses’. Jackie will discuss her process of writing the opera and her methods, inspirations, and technical devices for writing and setting text.

Monday 16 October 2023, 6:00-7:00 pm: “What do you do with your legacy, and how do you best put it to use?” (August Wilson). Various speakers. Zoom webinar.

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Celebrating Black History Month. Building on Pittsburgh and Glasgow’s sister city relationship, the August Wilson African American Cultural Center (AWAACC) and the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland explore the works and life of playwright August Wilson, and discuss how each city is exploring its legacy of slavery and how institutions can be ‘agents for change’. In association with Glasgow Life and AWAACC.

Tuesday 24 October 2023, 6:00-7:00 pm: Lecture recital – Emile Sauret’s 24 Etudes Caprices. op.64. Dr Nazrin Rashidova (Royal Academy of Music). In-person, Stevenson Hall.

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Acclaimed virtuoso violin soloist Dr Nazrin Rashidova will discuss some of the artistic and critical discoveries and challenges encountered, tackled and documented during the preparation and delivery of a world premiere recording series of Émile Sauret’s 24 Études Caprices, op.64, issued by Naxos between 2017 and 2020, and the publication of a new edition by Edition Peters.

Monday 30 October 2023, 6:00-7:00 pm: The state of the arts: the challenge for the arts in Primary education in Scotland. Dr Angela Jaap (University of Glasgow), Dr Lio Moscardini  (Royal Conservatoire of Scotland), Dr Anna Robb (University of Dundee), and Eilidh Slattery (Royal Conservatoire of Scotland). Zoom webinar.

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This symposium explores the current ‘state of the arts’ in the Primary school in Scotland. It will present findings from three interlinked research projects (Art, Dance and Music) which each explored two specific aims: primary teachers’ knowledge and confidence relating to teaching the arts in their classrooms; and, the content of arts education in primary-focused Initial Teacher Education (ITE) programmes.

Monday 20 November 2023, 6:00-7:00 pm: shadows that in darkness dwell and Micrographia: Recent work with Ensemble 1604. Dr Tim Cooper (Royal Conservatoire of Scotland). In-person, Fyfe Lecture Theatre (TBC).

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In this presentation, RCS Athenaeum Award winner Dr Tim Cooper will discuss recent compositions he has made with Ensemble 1604, and the future work they will undertake together.

Monday 27 November 2023, 6:00-7:00 pm: Mapping the arts in palliative care across Scotland. Dr Rachel Drury (Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and Rachel House Children’s Hospice) and Dr Giorgos Tsiris (St Columba’s Hospice Care and Queen Margaret University)

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Athenaeum Award winners Dr Rachel Drury and Dr Giorgos Tsiris discuss their study that takes the first steps towards creating a national mapping of the arts services in hospices across Scotland. It offers an initial exploration of the scope and stability of the arts and the art therapies, and the diverse profiles of practitioners working in such settings.

Monday 04 December 2023, 6:00-7:00 pm: A Working Class Hero is Something to be… Stanley Baker and British Cinema’s Class Ceiling. Dr Andy Dougan

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British movie stars from the Thirties and beyond are very representative of the middle and upper classes. Even in the films of the British New Wave, actors such as Albert Finney, Alan Bates, and Richard Harris may have played working class characters but they were themselves resolutely middle class. So where were the authentic working class movie stars?

In this research, Andy argues the case for the man he considers to be Britain’s first working class hero – Stanley Baker. Baker captured a new style of masculinity and touched a chord with audiences who were struggling to deal with modern times in post-War Britain.

This research will argue for a reconsideration of Baker as more than just a tough guy, but as a man who wore the politics of his class on his sleeve.

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RCS Staff and Students can access an archive of Exchange Talks on the Portal Page. You can also watch Exchange Talks on RCS at Home.

If you are interested in sharing your work in an Exchange Talk, please email Ben Redman, Research Development Officer.