January

RCS students, staff and alumni took to the stage in Celtic Connections, the famous folk, roots and world music festival.

Graduate Richard Madden won the Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series – Drama for his role in smash BBC thriller Bodyguard.

Image credit: Golden Globes

February

What’s Going on Now?, a new study examining music education and youth music-making in Scotland, was launched at Glasgow’s Thorntree Primary School.

Our Cello Festival opened with a concert from former BBC Young Musician of the Year, Sheku Kanneh-Mason, with his sister Isata on piano.

March

We launched our new interactive prospectus using the Zappar app, unlocking exclusive content from globe-trotting graduates including actor Laura Donnelly and mezzo-soprano Svetlina Stoyanova.

Musical Sunday in the Park with George delighted audiences in the New Athenaeum Theatre.

April

Glasgow’s City Halls was the setting for the annual RCS Symphony Orchestra concert, a partnership between RCS and the world-famous Gleneagles in Perthshire, which supports the development of artistic talent in Scotland.

May

With ten concerts and music by more than 50 composers — Plug festival returned for its twelfth year. The UK staged premiere of Jake Heggie’s opera Dead Man Walking opened in the New Athenaeum Theatre. His Royal Highness, The Prince Charles, The Duke of Rothesay and RCS Patron made an official visit.

We also welcomed home actor and Outlander star Sam Heughan.

June

RCS hosted the symposium Shaping Scotland’s Place in the 21st Century through Higher Education and the Arts with a panel including Fiona Hyslop MSP, the Scottish Government’s Cabinet Secretary for Culture, Tourism and External Affairs.

RCS students and staff played a part in the Scottish Parliament’s 20th-anniversary celebrations.
Actors and alumni including Maureen Beattie, Kate Dickie and Elaine C. Smith performed in Knives in Hens at the Royal Lyceum in Edinburgh in a tribute to acclaimed actor and alumna Pauline Knowles, raising funds for an RCS scholarship in her name.

July

Graduation day is always a cause for celebration and the building was abuzz! Joining more than 300 graduands were honorary degree recipients, actor Richard Madden, lighting designer Paule Constable and soprano Margaret Marshall OBE.

August

RCS took up residency in Edinburgh with a host of events and, of course, another fabulous Fringe run with Legally Blonde and two platform shows, Limbo: City of Dreams and Limbo: The Twelve, in partnership with the American Music Theatre Project at Northwestern University in Chicago.

September

The Solheim Cup arrived at Gleneagles and graduates the Broen Ensemble, lecturers Greg Lawson and Jenn Butterworth and RCS ballet and brass students entertained guests at a gala reception.

We said a big #RCSWelcomeHome to new and returning students during Freshers’ Week.

October

Cultural Diversity Month, part of Black History Month, brought a packed programme of events including a symposium which featured Jackie Kay, Scots Makar and Junior Conservatoire alumna.

The BMus Jazz degree celebrated its tenth anniversary. Led by Professor Tommy Smith OBE, it has nurtured scores of leading performers and played a huge role in the development of the jazz scene in Scotland.

November

Make It Happen month returned, the annual series of events to help students, staff, alumni and anyone in the creative industries get their ideas out into the world.

It was kicked off with a keynote speech from award-winning director, playwright and screenwriter, Zinnie Harris.

December

Hollywood, Broadway and global TV star Alan Cumming, an RCS graduate, delivered the inaugural Cameron Lecture, a new series inspired by a champion of Scottish theatre, Dr Alasdair Cameron, and created by multi-award-winning theatre director, John Tiffany.