One of the most exciting young artists on the European jazz scene – and a Royal Conservatoire of Scotland graduate – will launch a new performance series to celebrate and share musical excellence nurtured in Scotland.
Rising star Fergus McCreadie, the multi-award-winning pianist and composer, will kick off a concert series on Wednesday, June 3, co-presented by the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and Scotland House, the Scottish Government office in London.
The Scotland House Sessions with the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland will introduce students and alumni from Scotland’s national conservatoire – one of the world’s top ten destinations to study the performing arts* – to audiences in the UK and internationally in three lunchtime performances. Other performers in the series include Canadian classical guitarist Tim Beattie and Scottish opera singers Fiona Joice and Liam Bonthrone.
The concerts will broadcast on RCS at Home, an online platform created by the Royal Conservatoire in response to the COVID-19 pandemic to connect students, staff, alumni and audiences during the time when the Royal Conservatoire’s campus and performance venues are closed and students and staff are working remotely. It broadcasts daily on social media channels and the dedicated RCS at Home website, showcasing work, ideas and performances to audiences worldwide.
Fiona Hyslop MSP, the Scottish Government’s Cabinet Secretary for Economy, Fair Work and Culture, said: “The Scottish Government has been a long-time supporter of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and we welcome the opportunity to showcase the talents of their students and alumni to audiences around the world. Arts and culture are incredibly important to wellbeing and especially so during these challenging times. The COVID-19 pandemic has temporarily changed the way we live our lives, and I’m delighted that Scotland House is partnering with RCS at Home to adapt to the new normal and support our artists through this excellent initiative.”
Professor Jeffrey Sharkey, Principal of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, said: “We’re delighted to be working in partnership with Scotland House to co-present this concert series which creates a wonderful opportunity to showcase some of the exceptional young international musicians developing their skills and careers in Scotland. The arts have a critical role to play in the lives of individuals and across wider society, now more than ever, and it’s our pleasure to be able to share the connecting power and joy of music from Scotland’s national conservatoire with audiences across the UK and internationally.”
The Scotland House Sessions:
June 3, 1pm: Fergus McCreadie
Fergus McCreadie is one of the hottest properties in UK jazz. He released his debut album Turas in 2018, which won Album of the Year at the Parliamentary Jazz Awards 2019 and Best Album at the Scottish Jazz Awards 2019, following on from his Best Instrumentalist title at the 2018 awards. Fergus recently signed to record company Edition for the release of his second album, Cairn, due in early 2021.
June 17, 1pm: Fiona Joice and Liam Bonthrone
Glasgow born mezzo-soprano Fiona Joice and Perth tenor Liam Bonthrone are recent graduates of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. The duo will perform an eclectic mix of English art songs interspersed with folk and Scots song..
July 1, 1pm: Tim Beattie
The Toronto-born classical guitarist is currently pursuing a Masters degree in music performance at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, where he is studying under the tutelage of Allan Neave and Matthew McAllister.
Tune in to the Scotland House Sessions with the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland from Wednesday, June 3 at 1pm on the RCS YouTube channel or any of our social channels.
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*QS World University Rankings 2020