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We’re proud of the impact our students, staff and graduates make on the world and the past 12 months have been packed with artistic achievements. Here’s a taste of some of this year’s achievements from our RCS family.

BAFTA Scotland Awards

Rave culture film Beats hit cinema screens starring graduates Cristian Ortega and Lorn Macdonald as well as fellow RCS alumni. Lorn went on to win the Actor Film award at the BAFTA Scotland awards.

Royal Television Society Scotland Student TV Awards

RCS students triumphed at the Royal Television Society Scotland Student Television Awards, picking up five awards. Best Drama was presented to What Separates Us from the Beasts from Edward Kondracki, Sedona May Tubbs, Kieran Howe, JP Pezet, John Dew and Robin Boreham. Best Cinematography was won by Johnstone Macpherson-Stewart for Coalescence and Best Production Design was Paul Barrie for Threnody. Robin Boreham (pictured) won the Inaugural Best Writing Award for Incoming Tide while the Sound Award went to Karo Pietilä for Coalescence.

Chris McShane

New horizons beckoned for graduate Chris McShane, appointed second bassoonist with Orchestra Academia China in Beijing.

Ryan Bancroft

Conducting graduate Ryan Bancroft will take up the role of principal conductor of the BBC National Orchestra of Wales.

Lisa Robertson

Seabird Cities, by composer Lisa Robertson, was selected for the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra’s 2019/2020 season. Her piece will feature in a concert in April 2020.

Mamma Mia!

Musical Theatre graduates Emma Mullen and Chiara Sparkes in Mamma Mia!

Sean Shibe

Guitarist and graduate Sean Shibe was the first recipient of a new award for Concept Album at the Gramophone Classical Music Awards, the first time music for electric guitar featured in the competition.

Eve Kerr

Production graduate Eve Kerr became Assistant Stage Manager/Book Cover at Harry Potter and the Cursed Child in London’s West End.

Dr Oliver Searle

Lecturer Dr Oliver Searle won in the Amateur or Young Performers category at the British Composer Awards for his inventive piece Microscopic Dances.

Arthur Bruce

MMus Opera student Arthur Bruce reached the final of the Clonter Opera Prize.

Aliza Vakil

Aliza Vakil made the final of the Stephen Sondheim Society Student Performer of the Year in London.

John Logan pairs up with Emili Sandé

Singer-songwriter Emeli Sandé showcased Scotland’s best buskers in BBC Scotland’s Street Symphony – and Head of Brass John Logan played a starring role. John shared his musical expertise with the performers, arranging much of the music and conducting the BBC
Scottish Symphony Orchestra. The musicians also received expert tuition from graduate and vocal coach Yvie Burnett.

BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician of the Year

Fiddler and final year student Benedict Morris was named BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician of the Year.

Meghan Tyler

BA Acting graduate Meghan Tyler was appointed a writer-in-residence at the Traverse Theatre.

BBC Young Dancer

Ballet students Danila Marzilli and Louis Fukuhara reached the ballet final of BBC Young Dancer 2019, broadcast on BBC Four.

Mark Hendry

Double bassist Mark Hendry won the Joe Temperley Prize for Jazz Arranging.

Minkyu Kim

Pianist Minkyu Kim was selected as a finalist in the International Franz Liszt Piano Competition in March 2020.

Scots Singer of the Year

Folk singer and final year student Iona Fyfe was crowned Citty Finlayson Scots Singer of the Year at the MG ALBA Scots Trad Music Awards.

Rory Boyd

Rory Boyd became Head of Automation on the Cirque du Soleil tour Ovo.

Shakespeare's Globe

Students on the MA Classical and Contemporary Text programme immersed themselves in a month-long residence at Shakespeare’s Globe in London.