In 2009, The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland instigated a new knowledge exchange agreement with Red Note Ensemble, as our Contemporary Ensemble-in-Residence. This first arrangement of its kind sees the Red Note Ensemble share its expertise in the performance and promotion of composition and contemporary performance practice with the Royal Conservatoire; combining the talent and innovation from the Conservatoire with the industry knowledge and world class performance experience of the Red Note Ensemble.

This arrangement has led to a series of highly successful concerts and performances of new works from the students and staff at the Conservatoire and performances side by side with performers from our own student-led MusicLab. Building on these successful endeavours, together we now look to new ways to redefine the traditional relationship between an ensemble in residence and a higher education institution. By applying an industry-focussed ethos to our creative productions, engaging in long term development with the staff and student base thus creating a supportive framework for true innovation, allowing our new work to have a much greater lifespan than the more traditional ‘commission – one performance’ model.