World-class talent and tuition demand nothing less than first-class facilities: a prerequisite of the conservatoire experience. We believe excellent facilities support excellent performances; that’s why we value them. Our facilities are amongst the best in Europe and are being enhanced through additional investment in a three-stage programme, to ensure our competitive position. They facilitate nearly 500 performances every year, with around 40,000 tickets issued annually.
Stage 1 saw the opening of the Wallace Studios at Speirs Locks in 2011. The development, by renowned Malcolm Fraser Architects, provides expanded accommodation for Technical and Production Arts, Musical Theatre and Modern Ballet, including four large high-specification dance and musical theatre rehearsal studios and design, set and wardrobe construction studios. This development puts the Royal Conservatoire at the heart of an ambitious urban regeneration programme supported by Glasgow City Council. It is a cornerstone in the creation of a hub of artistic activity in this part of the city, with our partners Scottish Opera and the National Theatre of Scotland directly adjacent.
Stage 2 involved intensive refurbishment of facilities at Renfrew Street, providing enhanced IT facilities with a digital lab and second recording studio in addition to the existing two concert halls, a black box studio, proscenium theatre and the prestigious Alexander Gibson Opera School.
Stage 3 further development at the Wallace Studios to provide state-of-the-art rehearsal facilities.
In 2008 we introduced specialist training in stage automation using a state of the art system from industry giants Stage Technologies. In so doing, we became the world’s first industry-endorsed training provider of this equipment, used in major productions around the world.
With the acquisition of the RED One digital cinema camera, students on the Digital Film and Television programme became the first in the UK to shoot in RED HD Cinema. In 2011 this was supplemented by the purchase of the RED Epic, meaning our facilities for shooting film and television are unsurpassed.