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RCS launches £2 million Creative Campus

Royal Conservatoire of Scotland launches new Creative Campus learning and teaching complex

Posted by Rebecca Paddick | February 17, 2017 | Facilities

The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland (RCS) has unveiled a new purpose-built learning and teaching complex as part of its 170th anniversary celebrations.

The Creative Campus project, an investment of more than £2 million, has introduced a contemporary two-level rehearsal facility, increasing practice room provision by 50%.

The new addition within the Renfrew Street building provides students of Scotland’s national conservatoire with essential practical resources as they develop their potential.

The project has created 27 acoustically separated rooms for individual practice and one-to-one teaching and two large ensemble rehearsal spaces. The facility will support performers of all ages and backgrounds, from undergraduate students and the young performers of the Junior Conservatoire to lifelong learners who study at the Royal Conservatoire at evenings and weekends.

The launch of the Creative Campus comes at the start of the 170th anniversary year of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. Established in 1847, the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland is one of the world’s most multi-disciplinary conservatoires, offering specialised teaching across dance, drama, music, production and screen. It is ranked sixth in the world for performing arts education and number one in Scotland for graduate employability, endorsing its status as a national and international centre of excellence for the performing arts. 

Students are at the heart of everything we do at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and we’re thrilled to hand over this wonderful learning and teaching complex that will support them on their journey with us

Professor Jeffrey Sharkey, Principal of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, said: “Students are at the heart of everything we do at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and we’re thrilled to hand over this wonderful learning and teaching complex that will support them on their journey with us.

“An inspiring environment is crucial to the student experience and this purpose-built space gives our talented students and lifelong learners a place to grow and develop as performers. Not only will it be a hugely beneficial practical resource, it will also further enhance our dynamic culture of creativity, collaboration and innovation.” 

The Creative Campus project has been financed through a fundraising campaign with support from trusts, foundations and individuals including The Robertson Trust, Garfield Weston Foundation, The Hugh Fraser Foundation, The Sackler Trust, PF Charitable Trust, Wolfson Foundation and W A Cargill Charitable Trust. 

Professor Nick Kuenssberg, OBE, Chairman of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, said: “We believe exceptional talent and tuition deserve the finest facilities and our new learning and teaching complex, which increases individual rehearsal space by 50%, is an outstanding new addition to the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. Our facilities are among the best in Europe and creating them wouldn’t be possible without the very generous support of our donors. We deeply thank those who play a vital role in nurturing the performing arts at the Royal Conservatoire - a top ten world conservatoire that Glasgow and Scotland can be proud of.” 

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