RCS creates school tartan to celebrate 170 years of performing arts

The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland is kicking off their 170th anniversary with the release of a school tartan that celebrates the rich history of one of the world’s leading institutions for creative arts.

The tartan represents the diversity of the Conservatoire across drama, dance, music, production, screen and teaching, which are all represented by their own colour.

The colours of blue, purple and grey were chosen to give the best representation of the RCS as a whole. Professor Jeffrey Sharkey, Principal of the RCS, said: “The tartan, which incorporates the corporate blue of the Conservatoire, is a distinctive and modern design that reflects our creative and confident outlook.”

BA acting graduate and Glasgow boy, Kevin Guthrie, has been showcasing the vibrant and modern tartan. Kevin has a string of film credits including Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, Sunshine on Leith and is a part of the star-studded cast for the upcoming Christopher Nolan WWII epic, Dunkirk.

Having graduated in 2011, Kevin remembers what made the Conservatoire so special. He said: “There’s a very famous energy that comes with the building at RCS. I remember the buzz that was kind of in the brickwork – it’s in the design of the school, it’s in the energy of the staff and students. There’s a real vibrancy about it.”

The conservatoire is also using Robert Burns’ birthday to open their contemporary two-level rehearsal facility which has added 27 acoustically separated practice rooms.

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The Creative Campus project was an investment of over two million pounds and increased the number of practice rooms within the main building by 50%, thanks to the generous support of donors.
Chairman of the Royal Conservatoire, Professor Nick Kuenssberg OBE, described the new space as an “outstanding new addition” to a performing arts centre with facilities among the best in Europe.

The architect who led on the Creative Campus project, Helen Lucas, said: “This effective intervention into the lively and bustling building is designed to accommodate spaces for both social interaction and the singular dedicated pursuit of improvement which is the lifeblood of the Conservatoire.”

To mark the 170th anniversary there will be gala performances of the musical Chess, and operetta Die Fledermaus and the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and Gleneagles Gala Concert. For more information and to book tickets visit rcs.ac.uk/boxoffice

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