The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland has appointed a new Head of Artistic Planning. Samantha McShane will join Scotland’s national conservatoire – ranked in the world top three for performing arts education – in September 2017.
Samantha, a graduate of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, is presently Head of Creative Programming at the award-winning Manchester Camerata orchestra, recognised for its innovation and ability to perform everywhere from concert halls to care homes, and collaborations with artists from classical stars to DJs. Samantha, from North Lanarkshire, will be responsible for managing and developing the artistic planning of the Royal Conservatoire’s School of Music and will contribute towards artistic strategy and planning across the institution. The role will help facilitate interdisciplinary performance within the Conservatoire and involves co-ordinating internal and external concerts, performances and events and other high-profile performances involving music.
Dr Gordon Munro, Director of Music at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, said: “As Head of Artistic Planning for the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, which is also one of Scotland’s busiest performing arts venues, Samantha will play a central role in enabling students to share their performances with a great variety of audiences.
“We are delighted to welcome back Samantha and look forward to her helping us further our world-class performance programme.”
After graduating with a Bachelor of Music (Honours) degree and Postgraduate Diploma in French Horn from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in 2010, Samantha began regularly performing as a freelance musician with Scottish orchestras, including the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and the Royal Scottish National Orchestra (RSNO). She was also a founding member and artistic director of the award-winning Pure Brass quintet.
Samantha moved on to the RSNO and IMG Artists, giving her the opportunity to work in the programming and artist management area. During her time at the RSNO she also graduated from the League of American Orchestras’ Orchestra Leadership Academy in New York, where she received expert advice and guidance in orchestral management.
Samantha is passionate about experimenting with change within the orchestral sector and has focused her efforts at Manchester Camerata, which she joined in 2013, on creating new and unique collaborations. Manchester Camerata was recently named ensemble of the year in the Royal Philharmonic Society Music Awards.
Samantha devised a new collaboration with Manchester City Football Club, organised consistent European touring with a roster of international artists and developed one of the Camerata’s most ambitious projects to date – the critically acclaimed Haçienda Classical. She also curated the orchestra’s UpClose series, a variety of chamber music concerts in Manchester’s most eclectic venues.
Samantha McShane commented: “I’m thrilled and honoured to be returning to the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, and Glasgow, at a really exciting time for the institution. I look forward to being part of a great team in a unique and innovative environment.”