Media Release: Iconic Scottish hotel to play new role in nurturing world-class talent at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland


GLENEAGLES has unveiled a partnership with the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, to support, celebrate and showcase the next generation of world-class performing artists trained in Scotland.

The luxury Perthshire hotel will be investing in the next generation of creative talent through the creation of a prestigious new Gleneagles Scholarship, which will provide invaluable financial assistance to the successful recipient.

Gleneagles will also support the work of Royal Conservatoire of Scotland (RCS) students through the sponsorship of a range of gala performances at high-profile locations, including the famous Gleneagles ballroom and the City Halls concert venue in Glasgow.

Commenting on the partnership, Gleneagles’ managing director, Bernard Murphy, said: “The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland shares Gleneagles’ commitment to the pursuit of excellence and the nurturing of outstanding talent.

“Additionally, both organisations are proud to have a rich Scottish heritage as well as an international, innovative and forward-thinking approach to customer and audience engagement.

“This partnership is a reflection of those shared values and will enable Gleneagles to make a genuine difference to students’ educational opportunities and experiences.”

He added: “Scottish higher education has made a positive impact on the world for centuries and, with this partnership, we look forward to making a positive impact on Scottish higher education in the years ahead.”

Professor Jeffrey Sharkey, principal of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, said: “Scotland’s national conservatoire is one of the best in the world, ranking alongside the great performing arts institutions of Europe, the US and the Far East.

“What better partners could we hope for than one of the great global brands who, like us, are proud to be world-class, Scottish and welcoming to the world?

“It’s of great credit to the Gleneagles team that they share our passion and see the importance of investing in young people and the arts in Scotland.”

He added: “We’re excited at the potential this partnership has for our students and we look forward very much to the opportunities for the next generation of exceptional artists that we will create and deliver together.”

The Gleneagles and RCS partnership will come to life later this month with the announcement of the first recipient of the inaugural Gleneagles Scholarship. The scholarship has been designed to provide financial support to an exceptional young Scottish musician – enabling him or her to study at master’s level at the prestigious institution.

Throughout the year, the partnership will provide performance opportunities for students studying across the wide range of performing arts disciplines taught at RCS – ranked sixth in the world for its educational experience.

The first of these will be the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland Gleneagles Gala Dinner, taking place in the hotel on Saturday 5 November 2016.

The event will be a celebratory showcase of the special partnership between the two institutions and the world-class work of RCS students. The inaugural Gala is expected to feature a chamber orchestra, a series of opera and music performances plus a spectacular after-dinner performance programme.

Another key event, the Gleneagles Gala Concert featuring the acclaimed Royal Conservatoire of Scotland Symphony Orchestra, will take place in Grand Hall, City Halls – home of the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra – in spring 2017.


Media contacts:

Katie Bell

Royal Conservatoire of Scotland

(e)  k.bell@rcs.ac.uk

(t)   0141 270 8387

(m) 07834 785014

Karen McIntosh

Communications manager, Gleneagles

(e) karen.mcintosh@gleneagles.com

(t) 01764 69 4182

Notes to editors:

Web and print size images available. Photo credit: RCS/KKDundas


About the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland

The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland is ranked sixth in the world for performing arts education and is the top higher education institution in Scotland for graduate employment, with 97 per cent of graduates in employment or further education within six months. The Conservatoire is a national and international centre of excellence for the performing arts.

Building on our roots in 1847 as a national academy of music, we are now one of Europe’s most multi-disciplinary performing arts higher education centres offering specialised teaching across music, drama, dance, film and production as well as encouraging trans-disciplinary learning throughout our innovative curriculum. Around 900 students are currently pursuing degrees at RCS across our specialisms.

We work in partnership with the national companies, including the National Theatre of Scotland, Scottish Opera 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 more than 500 public performances each year and issue around 64,000 tickets from our box office annually. Additionally, we teach over 3,000 part-time learners every year through our Junior Conservatoire and Lifelong Learning Departments.

About Gleneagles

An iconic country estate set beneath the beautiful Ochil Hills, Gleneagles has been a luxury destination for nearly a century. Located just one hour from Glasgow and Edinburgh airports and with its own railway station, Gleneagles offers the perfect retreat for those looking for relaxation, fun and adventure.

Three championship courses have established Gleneagles’ reputation as a golfer’s paradise but the hotel offers so much more than golf. The 850-acre estate epitomises the rugged natural beauty for which Scotland is famed and offers guests a glorious playground of country pursuits and activities.

Whether you come to fly a Harris’ Hawk, ride horses, play tennis, go off-roading, train gundogs, shoot game, fish, enjoy Michelin-starred dining, or relax in an award-winning spa, Gleneagles offers a world of unforgettable experiences. www.gleneagles.com

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Contact: Katie Bell
Phone: 0141 270 8387
Email: k.bell@rcs.ac.uk
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