The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland welcomed delegates from around the world as a diverse programme of conferences took place on campus throughout the year.

Almost 400 delegates travelled to Glasgow this year to take part in lively debates and discussions across six conferences, flying in from as far afield as Japan, Russia, USA, South Africa, Canada, Australia and from all across Europe.

The conference season kicked off in November with a symposium on D/deaf artists working within the performing arts, hosted by RCS in collaboration with Solar Bear theatre company. The Now You See Me Symposium celebrated the groundbreaking work of the BA Performance in British Sign Language and English degree at RCS and encouraged the industry to challenge and explore traditional theatre practices and inclusion.

Another ‘first’ took place in January 2018 as we held the inaugural traditional music higher education conference in partnership with Celtic Connections, welcoming more than 80 educators. As Scotland’s national conservatoire which has been teaching a traditional music undergraduate degree for more than 20 years, it was only fitting that we hosted this conference during the world’s largest winter music festival, Celtic Connections, resulting in many rich and meaningful conversations on how folk and traditional music can continue to flourish within higher education.

Other conferences this year included the Conservatoire UK Research Conference, the General Assembly of The World Federation of International Music Competitions and the European Union of Theatre Schools and Academies. Principal Jeffrey Sharkey was delighted to see the institution playing an important role in hosting these events.

“This culturally-varied conference programme brought artists and educators from across the performing arts into our conservatoire here in Glasgow, allowing us to show our peers across the world exactly what it is that makes RCS a distinctive and world-leading conservatoire.

“It also puts RCS right at the centre of so many of these important discussions where we can then play a part in shaping the ideas and innovations for the future of the performing arts.”