Library and Information Services, Royal Conservatoire of Scotland

Wednesday, 22 October 2014

Like Buses, Music Conferences Sometimes Come All At Once ... This one is Trad

We've noticed there's a Call for Papers by the Canadian Society for Traditional Music, for their 2015 Conference. 

  • Call for Papers: Canadian Society for Traditional Music 2015 conference: DETAILS HERE.

Musical Life Outside London - Historically Speaking


Musical Life Outside London, 1500-1800: Networks, Circulation, Sources

This is a last-minute reminder that you can still sign up to this one-day conference online - but be quick!  It takes place this Saturday.

Saturday 25 October 2014, 9.30 - 17.00
The Black Gate Learning Suite
Newcastle Castle, Newcastle upon Tyne


Can't Bear to Miss Out on What's Happening? Digital Theatre Plus News


The Whittaker Library at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland offers registered student and staff readers access to Digital Theatre Plus, a great resource which also includes ballet and opera in its remit.

Things don't stand still at Digital Theatre Plus, though.  To keep up-to-date, sign up to their e-newsletter.  SIGN HERE!  Our department head has been singing its praises, so don't let yourself miss out!

You'll find Digital Theatre Plus on our E-Resources page, and also via the RCS Moodle.

Wednesday, 15 October 2014

Calling writers & performers. Get your drama writing performed or take part in performing new work, in a evening of workshops!

The Arches and Playwrights’ Studio, Scotland continue their collaboration to encourage artists of all kinds to engage with the work of contemporary playwrights.  Pushing the boundaries of the theatrical experience, whilst firmly focusing on text, this performance evening sees artists of any genre taking a piece of contemporary playwriting and illuminating it within a live setting.

They are looking for as many different artists as possible who want to work with text in new and exciting ways. Pieces should be around 10-15 minutes long. They don’t have to be finished or polished – it’s more to do with a fresh, radical approach.

Check out link for further information

Monday, 13 October 2014

Teach performance using Digital Theatre Plus!

 For drama staff and students

Jack Lowden is a fast-rising British actor, currently starring alongside Kristen Scott Thomas in Electra at London's world-renowned Old Vic Theatre. Jack's break-out role came just earlier this year when he played Oswald opposite Lesley Manville in Sir Richard Eyre's West End production of Ibsen's Ghosts. Both Jack and Lesley won Olivier Awards 2014 for their starring roles, and both have filmed exclusive interviews for Digital Theatre Plus with invaluable advice on acting and performance. Its well worth a look!

On Acting: Jack Lowden

Jack discusses how playing a role like Oswald enables an actor to demonstrate a rich spectrum of attitudes and emotions, how much the text allows for freedom of interpretation, and why, for a performer, confidence is key.

 Watch the interview with Jack Lowden now




Hurry or You'll Miss the Deadline! Learning on Screen Awards

"Celebrating media production in learning, teaching and research since 2003", the awards are sponsored by the BUFVC - the British Universities Film and Video Council.

  • Showcase your work
  • Raise your profile
  • Widen your audience 
  • Network with industry and education
ENTER NOW:- Deadline: 1 December 2014.  Full details HERE.

Discover live theatre online? Digital Theatre Plus.

For staff and students!

Experience the thrill of live performance brought directly to your teaching space

  • Watch high quality films of leading theatre productions
  • Discover how plays are brought to the stage in interviews with the creative teams
  • Learn about interpretive choice through detailed analysis of play texts
  • Teach key plays with stimulating and relevant support

Friday, 10 October 2014

Are you Super Smart? Completely Creative? James Clear Unfolds the Mysteries of Success!

James Clear calls it 'Threshold Theory' - the theory that attempts to explain the links between intelligence and creativity.  It's not all about the old grey matter, either!  Click on the link below to find out more.
Threshold Theory: How Smart Do You Have to be to Succeed?, by James Clear.

We know who wrote 'Frere Jacques' - do you?!

Surprise! Our professional association, IAML, shares the low-down on this popular nursery-rhyme:-

"Frère Jacques" a été composé par Jean Philippe Rameau ! (link is external)
France musique.
"Frère Jacques", l'un des plus célèbres canons que tout le monde a appris à chanter dans son enfance, aurait été composé par le non moins célèbre Jean-Philippe Rameau. C'est ce qu'a découvert la musicologue Sylvie Bouissou, spécialiste du compositeur dont on célèbre les 250 ans de sa mort cette année.

Our thanks to IAML for this piece of Friday fun!  IAML Friday News in full, click HERE.

Thursday, 9 October 2014

Children Need Music, insists Royal Society for the Arts

Spotted in the news today, on the Royal Opera House website:-

"Every child should have an education in arts and culture

"A strong cultural education is vital for the UK's social and economic future, argues Vikki Heywood, chair of the RSA."
No-one at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland would argue with that observation!  Read the article online HERE.

Are you Curious How We Learn?

How we learn: the surprising truth about when, where, and why it happens,
by Benedict Carey
We note that TARA PARKER-POPE reviewed a book that we recently got for the Whittaker Library at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.  Tara's review is entitled 'Better ways to learn', in the New York Times (October 6, 2014). 

Worth a look?  Read Tara's review, HERE.


Concerned about Audience Engagement? You are Not Alone!

There's an interesting article on this topic, in the Guardian Cultural Network earlier this week:-

Audience engagement in arts and heritage: the traps we fall into

by James McQuaid, Monday 6th October.  Click HERE.

Thursday, 2 October 2014

Pianists, an unknown Mozart autograph has been discovered!

Sonata in A major, K. 331

(best known for its ‘alla turca’ finale)

Read about the event to celebrate this discovery - in Budapest.  CLICK HERE.

What's more, our professional association found this published online in the New York Times: CLICK HERE.