Hello and welcome to the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. As Principal of this institution, it gives me great pride to introduce you to one of the most dynamic and collaborative performing arts conservatoires in the world.
Located in the heart of Scotland, this institution has a distinctive energy you won’t find anywhere else. This environment is created through the combination of all of the art forms working together on the one campus, the quality and caring nature of our teachers and staff and the vibrancy and legendary friendliness of the city of Glasgow.
We need all of our performing and creative artists in our world now more than ever. You’ve been on amazing and divergent journeys to bring you to this point. Now you need to consider which place will help you learn about your art, yourself, our world and society more deeply. Which conservatoire will provide opportunities for you to learn from sister art forms and disciplines and give you the fire and fuel for a lifetime of discovery and achievement in the arts, and which institution will inspire in you the capacity to work for a positive change in your community. The RCS is that place, with work spanning the creative and performing arts, underpinned by research and education/pedagogy of the highest order.
It is also a really exciting place to spend your time – the city of Glasgow is buzzing and alive to all of the arts and there are few nations on earth that love and celebrate the arts as much as Scotland does.
I believe what makes this institution so special is all of our students. It is your contributions that will echo in our halls long after you complete your studies. The discoveries and insights you gain into your art will be even more significant because you will do so among friends. You will share the excitement in the large scale – of a new production, a new ensemble, a new set; and you will find joy in the small scale – turning a phrase eloquently, perfecting a pas de chat and plumbing the depths of a complex character.
We are among the finest performing arts institutions in the world and we hope to see you here.
Professor Jeffrey Sharkey