Royal Conservatoire of Scotland
The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland's current building only dates back to 1988, but the institution itself is much older, tracing its origins to the Glasgow Educational Association, founded in 1845 as a rival to Glasgow University. By 1944 it had morphed into the Royal Scottish Academy of Music, which added 'and Drama' to its name in 1968. The RSAMD became the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in 2011, after it became clear that its focus had broadened from theatre and music to television, technical education and ballet.
The RCS is Scotland's busiest performing arts venue, often featuring new events daily from straight drama through musicals, opera, dance, classical, jazz and Scottish music concerts to Plug, its own mini-festival for student composers. Its alumni are a who's who of Scottish musical and dramatic talent: Jack Bruce, Elaine C Smith, Michelle Gomez, David Tennant, James McAvoy, Laura Fraser, Alan Cumming and Bill Paterson are just eight of its better-known graduates.
The RCS has no less than five internal performance spaces: Stevenson Hall, the New Athenaeum Theatre, the Guinness Room, the Alexander Gibson Opera Studio and the Chandler Studio. A sixth, Speirs Lock Studio, is in Cowcaddens and specialises in ballet and musical theatre.
The closest railway stations are Central and Queen Street, and Cowcaddens and Buchanan Street subway stations are also convenient. Renfrew Street is served by bus routes 3, 6, 6A, 6B, 7, 7A, 10A, 16, 17, 18, 60, 60A, 61, 75, 240X and M3, among others. The nearest car parks are on Cambridge Street and at Buchanan Galleries, and disabled parking is accessible from Hope Street.
- Provides: Wheelchair access
- Open since: 1988
Events at this venue
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British Trombone Society Trombone Day @ RCS
The British Trombone Society takes up residence at RCS for a full day packed with clinics, concerts, workshops, trade stands and more trombone- related activities than you could blow a raspberry at!
Sun 25 Jun
Royal Conservatoire of Scotland
24 hours / £5 / 0141 332 5057
Exchange Talk; Marc Silberschatz, Royal Conservatoire of Scotland
The Exchange Talks are our weekly series of public seminars in which noted members of our staff, academia and the professions share their research insights on art, society and the issues that matter to everyone.
Mon 12 Jun
Fyfe Lecture Theatre
Free but ticketed / 0141 332 5057
Glasgow Trombone Weekend: Competitions
A busy day of playful rivalry, including: British Trombone Society Competitions, Intercollegiate Trombone Ensemble Competition, British Trombone Society Quartet Competition and Tenor Trombone Competition.
Junior Conservatoire Brass
Showcasing the best of the Junior Conservatoire Brass, this concert will feature our brass band, brass group and solo performances.
Junior Conservatoire Symphony Orchestra
The student orchestra in concert.
Let's Play The Piano! - Glasgow
If you love playing or just listening to the piano then our group is for you! We are very lucky to have use of a Steinway Model D Concert Grand Piano at a top quality recital venue in central Glasgow. Whatever your ability, experience or musical style you'll be welcome. The idea is to provide a regular opportunity…
Mabel Glover String Quartet Prize
Throughout the year our students compete in various competitions and prizes. Audiences are always welcome.
Modern Ballet Graduation Performance
Annual performance from the students of the BA Modern Ballet Programme, highlighting the talents of the dancers.
Thu 8 Jun
Fri 9 Jun
North East Scotland Classical Guitar Society Award
RCS guitar students compete for this prize.
Mon 17 Jul
Ledger Recital Room
£3 (£2) / 0141 332 5057
An evening of Gamelan music.
Pre-Junior Conservatoire Concert
Our Pre-Junior Conservatoire is home to almost 60 keen musicians aged 7 – 11 years. This concert is a showcase both of solo performances and group classes.
RSNO Concerto Concert
Our most talented music students are given the opportunity to perform a concerto with Scotland’s national orchestra. This year it is a pleasure for them to be conducted by RSNO Assistant Conductor Holly Mathieson, a previous RCS Leverhulme Conducting Fellow.
RSNO: Royal Conservatoire of Scotland Concerto Concert
The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland invites you to hear the stars of tomorrow as they take the soloist's spotlight to perform a concerto with the RSNO. In the first half, Hayley Tonner takes on Richard Strauss' majestic Horn Concerto No1 and Shannon Merciel performs Elgar's ever-popular Cello Concerto. Following the…
Thu 15 Jun
£7.50–£10 (Over 60s, Under 16s, Student, Unwaged, Disabled: £5) / 0141 332 5057