Library and Information Services, Royal Conservatoire of Scotland

Friday, 24 October 2014

Flutes Seem to Come in Threes Round Here - New Flute Trio Music

We've been boosting the Whittaker Library's flute trio repertoire recently.  Royal Conservatoire of Scotland flautists and their teachers might like to see just what we've got:- please click HERE.

(These are live links, so you can see if the music's currently on the library shelves!)

Don't say we're not good to you .......

What Counts as Effective Pedagogy in Creative Arts Higher Education?

Have you time for a little professional reading?

We put together a short list of some recent books suitable for teachers in the higher education sector.  Do take a look!  HERE.

(These are live links so staff at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland can easily see if books are currently on the library shelves, or if they're already on loan.)

Just another helpful posting from your colleagues at the Whittaker Library!

Flautists, meete Tom Moore, a Scholar who Writes about Flute Music

More papers by Tom Moore have appeared on his website during the course of today.

Do look - you might find useful info for programme notes.  Click on the links below:-


You can follow lecturer Tom Moore on, where more of his writings can be found.  HERE.

Flautists, Useful Info about Furstenau

While looking at Tom Moore's paper on Yorkshire-born John Townsend, we spotted another interesting paper on flute music - Furstenau this time!  Take a look - you might find useful info for programme notes.  Click HERE, or on the link below.

“The Six Thèmes Favoris, op. 71, and Caprices, op. 80 of A.B. Fürstenau”

You can follow lecturer Tom Moore on, where more of his writings can be found.  HERE.

Flautists, Have You Heard of Yorkshire-Born Composer John Townsend?

We've come across an article about John Townsend by Tom Moore, of Florida International University.  He was active in the north of England in the mid-nineteenth century.  You can read it HERE.

"The music for unaccompanied flute by John Townsend in the manuscript volumes of the Hitchcock Collection"

You can follow lecturer Tom Moore on, where more of his writings can be found.  HERE.

Thursday, 23 October 2014

Pictures of Scotland, Scottish Music, Scottish People and Places ... SCRAN!


If you need Scottish images for educational purposes, Scran is the place to go.  The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland's Whittaker Library has a subscription for staff and students here.

  • Pictures of Scotland as it is now, or in the past?  Got it!
  • Excerpts of famous old music collections, like the Scots Musical Museum? Nae bother!
  • Audio or Video clips of not just music but other activities too?  Yes, Scran has them.
  • Ideas for costume designers?  Certainly!  (Take a look HERE.)
Here's the link:- .  If you're not in the Conservatoire building, pick the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland from the list of institutions, and use your student or staff login.

Do You Understand Scotland Musically? Gary West, Keynote Presentation

Understanding Scotland Musically

Earlier this week there was a conference hosted by Newcastle University and sponsored by the AHRC, addressing this many-faceted subject.

You're invited to watch the keynote address, given by Dr Gary West (and here recorded on YouTube):-

'Understanding Scotland Musically: Do we? Can we?’

  • AHRC sponsored two-day conference, 20 - 21st October 2014, Research Beehive, Newcastle University.  Conference website - click HERE.

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.

Tuesday, 7 October 2014