NASA and National Geographic join young global leaders and Royal Conservatoire of Scotland for epic Glasgow climate concert. 

Vital Signs of the Planet is a special moment for global youth and the arts to speak for the planet at this vital time for the world.  

The power of music, combined with new dramatic footage from NASA and National Geographic, will bring the impact of climate change over the last 20 years on planet earth to the forefront for a powerful live and cinematic event at Glasgow Royal Concert Hall during COP26.  

A 100-strong symphony orchestra of young musicians from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and its Junior Conservatoire will join with internationally recognised conductor Emil de Cou, singer-songwriter Natasha Bedingfield, and the Global Climate Uprising Festival to create this 90-minute live spectacular blend of sound and cinematic visuals. 

Against a backdrop of volcanoes fuming, hurricanes flooding and wildfires sweeping across the landscape, young musicians and leaders, champions of the environmental movement, will tell their stories of climate change in a concert designed to inspire and motivate audiences in Glasgow and internationally.  

Highlights will include new footage of climate change from NASA and National Geographic, messages from the International Space Station and the Earthshot Prize, and appearances by young environmental partners from the most impacted areas of the world. 

The unique occasion is delivered in partnership by the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and the Global Climate Uprising Festival and is supported by Bloomberg Philanthropies. 

Be part of the movement and action in the city during COP26 and join us for this powerful, live and cinematic event at Glasgow Royal Concert Hall. 


The programme will include excerpts from: 

Sinfonia Antartica, Ralph Vaughan Williams  

La Mer, Claude Debussy  

Four SeasonsAntonio Vivaldi 

Advent, Michael Giacchino 


With a live performance of Unwritten by Natasha Bedingfield.



Andrea Gajic, Violin (Vivaldi, Four Seasons 

Claire Lumsden, Soprano (Giacchino, Advent 

Little Acres (Unwritten 

Programme Order

Piping and Drumming Ensemble, Royal Conservatoire of Scotland




Four Seasons, Antonio Vivaldi


Narrative Reading: Natalie Sinclair, National Geographic Explorer (Scotland)


Earthshot film from the International Space Station


La Mer, Third Movement, Claude Debussy


Narrative Reading: Iniquilipi Chiara, Founder, Guna Youth Congress
& Agar Tedjada, Coordinator, Indigenous Women of Panama (Panama)


Sinfonia Antartica, Third Movement, Ralph Vaughan Williams


Narrative Reading: Elizabeth Wanjeri Mahuthi, Founder, Green Generation Initiative (Kenya)


Advent, Michael Giacchino


Narrative Reading: Cedric Dzelu, Change Agent, World YMCA (Ghana)


Unwritten, Natasha Bedingfield


Guest Artists


Traditional Musicians

Finlay Cameron (Piper)

Finlay Frame (Piper)

Ciar Milne (Piper)

Ben Muir (Piper)

Darren Brown (Drummer)

Chloe Taylor (Drummer)


Adam Richardson

Lucy Rowan

Matilda Coulton (piccolo)



Ross Williams

Olivia Overend

Cor Anglais

Annabelle Pizzey


Aaron Hartnell-Booth

Raj Bhaumik

Osian Dance (bass clarinet)


Emma Simpson

Fergus Butt

Tom Donkin

Kaylyn McKeown (contra)


Anya Flanagan

Gabi Rodriguez

Matthew Sayers

Ben Dickinson

Ross Donaldson

Robert Johnston


Mark Elwis

Kyterra Waters

Megan Bousfield

Eoin O’Gorman

Danni Woodnutt


Dylan Findlay

Symone Hutchison

Joshua Parkhill

Anthony Santiago


Jack Cullen


Ewan Millar


David Kerr*

David Almeida

Zach Mitchell

Noah Chalamanda

Fraser Peel

Violin 1

Huixin Hu

Elizabeth Gange

Paul Docherty

Chun-Yi Kang

Inês Soares

Elanor Leydecker

Nikodem Rodzeń

Nina Doig

Rachel Culpan

Sophie Chin

Ken Fairbrother

India Reilly

Maria Malakouna

Alberto Brunelli-Bonet

Luisa Sousa

Scott Bryant

Violin 2

Daniel Joseph Harding

Yik Liang Soo

Laetitia Pannetier

Helena Downie

Maria Turowska

Hannah De Bordes

Tsui See Trasy Leung

Duncan Richards

Yuki Liew

Fiona Cantlay

Kane Howard-Bunt

Naomi Priestnall

Olivia Edmundson-Andrade

Weronika Kuffel


Jasmine Ong

Florencia Cozza

Gordon Cervoni

Daisy Richards

George Hillier

Lilia Rubin

Emilian-Teodor Danila

Gina Wright

Teresa Ferreira

Gordon McLaren

Alasdair Habuki-Bedford

Sarah Hanniffy


Jalayne Mitchell

JaeMin Kim Kang

Josiah Duhlstine

Ben Cummings

Khalil Johnson

Rhona Pryce

Ayla Mascarenhas

Shakira Segalla-Humbert

BenAvram Grynberg

Freya Ruuskanen

Double Bass

Brendan Norris

Anna-Philippa Arttio

Maximilian Lamprecht

Jennie Gillespie

Emily McDougall

Rhona MacDonald

Megan Warnock

Joe McLaren


Aimee Clark (RVW)

Gina Gallacher (Advent)


Alexandru-Stefan Placinta


Andrew Forbes*

Rhythm Section (Bedingfield)

Drums: Garry Simpson

Guitar: Conor Smith*

Piano/Keys: John Lowrie*

Bass: Laurie Moore

The orchestra is comprised of RCS students and members of the RCS Junior Conservatoire.  Guest players are marked with a *.



Iniquilipi Chiari

Geo 2030 Co-Chair for Youth Participation, Co-Founder and first President, Guna Youth Congress; Director of Indigenous Affairs, Ministry of the Environment, Panama

Agar Iklenia Castro Tejada

Producer of the Mola Sail and Design Associate, Geoversity Design Architecture Student

Cedric Dzelu

Director of Admin and Finance at the African Youth Commission, YMCA Change Agent

Natalie Sinclair

Carnegie PhD Scholar, 2019 National Geographic Explorer

Elizabeth Wanjiru Wathuti

Fourth Recipient of Wangari Maathai Scholarship Award Environmentalist and Climate Activist, Founder, Green Generation Initiative

With thanks

We would also like to extend our thanks to those below for their help and support of Vital Signs of the Planet. 


Thanks to our RCS colleagues:

David Watkin

Alvin Ho

Emilie Godden

John Logan

Allan Neave

Aaron Shorr

Fali Pavri

Karen Cargill

Tommy Smith 


Thank you to NASA and National Geographic for the visual elements of the concert.


Debussy / La Mer

Katy Mersmann – Lead Producer and Editor

Wade Sisler – Producer

Data Visualization by the NASA’s Scientific Visualization Studio – Horace Mitchell, Greg Shirah, Alex Kekesi, Lori Perkins, Ernie Wright, Trent Schindler



Vivaldi / The Four Seasons

Alison Gold – Lead Producer and Editor

Producer – Wade Sisler

Images Courtesy USGS and NASA Landsat Program – Kevin Ward, NASA’s Earth Observatory, Allison Nussbaum, Ginger Butcher

The Global Climate Uprising Festival brings to COP26 a partnership of international climate change and environmental organizations, educational and cultural institutions, artists, and activists to present their work in climate change research, advocacy, and new solutions through the power of media, art, and technology.

Bonnie Nelson Schwartz

International producer of theatre, television, concerts, and festivals with more than 100 plays, films, television programs and concerts in Washington DC, New York, London, and South Africa; the Olympic Games in Barcelona, Lillehammer, and Atlanta, Broadway, Carnegie Hall, and over 25 years of concert productions at the John F. Kennedy Center

Jayni Chase

Chair Friends of the Earth
Executive Producer

In 1987 Jayni founded the Center for Environmental Education to advance K-12 environmental education (EE). Author of Blueprint for a Green School, a resource guide for greening schools, Jayni also serves on the board of Billion Oyster Project (BOP) and has received many honors and awards for her pioneering work in EE. She participated in the Clinton Global Initiative and trained with Al Gore to present his Climate Reality Slide Show.

Margaret Johnson

Producer, Lake Arts Foundation
Margaret launched Lake Arts Foundation to develop unique original programming for international artists in film, theatre and dance through collaborations with arts organizations, universities and individual artists. A development executive at both Disney and Paramount Studios, she has worked in L.A., New York, London and Japan.

Emily Chase

Assistant Producer
Emily currently works at the National Audubon Society, where she is the Senior Director of Development Leadership. She has experience running educational programs for adults and children in the environmental nonprofit space, as well as extensive experience writing and editing. Other credits include the Aspen Center for Environmental Studies, NRDC, CharityBuzz and Rolling Stone Magazine.

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