Media Release: Stellar Edinburgh International Festival debut for students from Royal Conservatoire of Scotland


VOCAL students from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland will take part in Stravinsky’s The Rake’s Progress led by conductor Sir Andrew Davies, as part of the 2015 Edinburgh International Festival.

This is the first-time students from the Royal Conservatoire have been invited to perform at the Edinburgh International Festival, and they will make their debut alongside a number of international singers including British tenor, Andrew Staples, and American soprano, Emily Birsan.

RCS Voices, a group comprising undergraduate and postgraduate singers from the Royal Conservatoire, will perform under Chorus Master and RCS head of Opera, Tim Dean, and the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, in Stravinsky’s darkly thrilling opera.

Professor Jeffrey Sharkey, principal of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, said: “The Edinburgh International Festival is a wonderful place for our students to experience and learn from being part of one the very best international performance environments anywhere in the world.

“This is an excellent opportunity for them as emerging artists and I look forward to seeing students of great potential who are learning their craft here in Scotland being given a chance to shine on the international stage.”

Dr Gordon Munro, director of the School of Music, Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, said: “We are delighted to be participating in this Wednesday’s performance of Stravinsky’s The Rake’s Progress at the Edinburgh International Festival.

“Royal Conservatoire Voices is a new ensemble, led by renowned conductor and RCS’s head of Opera, Timothy Dean, and featuring some of the Royal Conservatoire’s very finest singing talent.

“Our young singers are really looking forward to working with Sir Andrew Davis, the Scottish Chamber Orchestra and the international line-up of soloists in what is a wonderful Edinburgh International Festival debut for the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.”

The Rake’s Progress, Wednesday 12 August, Usher Hall

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Notes to editors

The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland is the nation’s centre of excellence for performing and production arts training. We provide specialised vocational education in dance, drama, music, production and screen to prepare the next generation of professionals for the global workplace.

Approximately 900 students are currently pursing degrees at RCS across all of our art form specialisms. We were the first conservatoire to be awarded our own degree-awarding powers up to taught Masters level. We work in partnership with prestigious education institutions including the University of Glasgow, the University of St Andrews and the University of Edinburgh.

We also work in partnership with the national companies including the National Theatre of Scotland and BBC Scotland to provide students with the very best learning experiences the Scottish landscape has to offer.

Based in the heart of Glasgow, RCS is also a busy performing arts venue; we host over 500 public performances each year and welcome audiences of over 40,000 people to our Renfrew Street campus. Additionally, we also teach over 3,000 part-time learners every year through our Junior Conservatoire and Short Courses departments.

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