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We are: celebrating namechange with 30 days Scotland tour

Could you have missed it?!  We have a new name: The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.  And we celebrated with 30 days of events all over Scotland - Click here to look back over the full programme. 

You can also read about our new name at

You're looking at a page on our WhittakerLive performing arts blog - the blog that has been published by the Whittaker Library for over a decade now.  The present page shows you selected highlights of our name-change celebrations, and serves as a digital archive of the activities that took place in September 2011. 

It all culminated in the Academic Procession through the streets of Glasgow on Monday 3rd October, from the original Athenaeum building to the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland building which we've occupied since 1987.

The procession arrived at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland led by a piper.  Highlights of the morning were Jackie Kay's newly commissioned poem, speeches by our Principal and the Chairman of the Board, not to mention student performers, the film, the coffee and cake, and John Wallace's new trumpet fanfare ... a day (indeed a month) to remember! 
Steve Phillips tweeted that, " delighted with last 33 days of events across Scotland..."  And here's his picture of the procession leading party.
(If you're a twitterer, you can use the hashtag #we_are to find more tweets!)


Friday 30th September saw a selection of sacred music with a vocal quartet including Fiona Wilkie, Catriona Morison, Jon Cooke and Dom Barberi at Glasgow’s St.Mary’s Cathedral on Great Western Road. John Langdon played the organ and Geoffrey Woollatt conducted.

Thursday 29th September.  Joseph Hawkins informs us that they are ready to perform some Shakespeare for unsuspecting Glaswegians today.  (Any references to being 'mostly' ready must be just modesty, surely!)


And where did we find the ubiquitous Mr Phillips on Weds 28th September?  At St.Andrews University's Younger Hall with Jessica Leary and Christopher Baxter.  The 30 days' celebrations are rolling towards a close, but there's still next Monday's academic procession to look forward to! 

Tuesday 27th Sept:  Chris, Scott and Gus joined Steve Phillips back at the Scottish Parliament to continue our 30 days of celebrating the new name - jazzing up proceedings at Universities Scotland.

Also yesterday - Steve reported,
"we are just done at the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum with our Organ job!"


Friday 24 Sept: Steve Phillips tweeted that Barluath were at Inverness - at Eden Court Theatre during the interval of Para Handy.  ____________________________

Thursday 22 Sept: Steve reports that the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland team was at Perth Town Hall with Arion Quartet, as guests arrived for Alison Balsom and Scottish Ensemble.
Wednesday 21 Sept: Lammermuir Festival (Dunbar Parish Church): RCS Stevenson Winds.  Plus Announcement of finalist for Big Guitar Weekend International Competition.

Tuesday 20th Sept: Steve tweeted:-
#we_are pleased. Glasgow cabbies had a lovely day at Speirs Locks Studios today.

Guitar at Traquair House, 19th Sept.
Monday 19th Sept: Performance across major Scottish Railway Stations. CCT students and bagpiper. Plus Steve reports that we had a guitarist playing at Traquair House with soothing guitar music as guests explored.

Sunday 18th Sept: Steve and his team were on a ferry leaving stop Millport for a tenor recital!  (Steve, that's a snap to die for - what a view!)


Saturday 17th September: Steve Phillips reports that we opened the Royal Conservatoire doors for Doors Open day... the picture shows Craig McMurray playing as visitors explored our spaces.

Friday 16th Sept:  Steve Phillips reports that they were  at the Govan Ferry...Fiona Wilkie sang Scots songs on her way to the Riverside Museum.  Er - who else was on the ferry, then?  How many Royal Conservatoire of Scotland folk?


New Works were at the Traverse Theatre last night (Thurs 15th Sept) - find out more here

Thurs 15th September: Lunchtime concert in Glasgow today! 
The Westbourne Music recital series are hosting a lunchtime concert for us at Merchants Hall (opposite Queen Street Station in the Merchants House of Glasgow).

The first Glasgow concert by Quartet, the newest vocal ensemble to come out of our Alexander Gibson Opera School - a lunchtime concert of opera and art song in the beautiful setting of Merchants Hall.

And Brian Macdougall and his team were in London  for the MA Showcase at the Criterion in London. They aimed to "show 'em what we've got! :)"  It must have gone well - John McLarnon tweeted that he'd "Just officially finished my year @RCS_MT with our London showcase, best year of my life! Now to the pub!"______________________________

Weds 14th Sept. was a day for New Works: Liberty and Equality.

Meanwhile, Steve Phillips reported that they were,
at the CCA in Glasgow...the cafe crowd enjoying flercussion...a fusion of flute and marimba

Monday 12th Sept:

Steve Phillips reports that "The weather won't stop our name change team; we are at Banff evening of opera and art song ... Quartet Vocal Ensemble" They breed them hardy at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland!

Pitlochry Festival Theatre
Barluath played at Pitlochry Festival Theatre before outside Highland Games at 5 pm yesterday (Sunday).


Sunday 11th Sept - Barluath at Linlithgow Folk Festival. No Scottish hurricanes yet ...

Wet in Pitlochry, Sat 10th Sept.

Barluath is coming to terms with the implications of a wet weekend at Pitlochry Highland Games this Saturday, 10th September.

Dorothy Miell caught our
dancers at Holyrood, 8th Sept
Our Principal, John Wallace,
caught at Holyrood by
Dorothy Miell, 8th Sept
Thank you to Prof Miell, of Ed'bro Uni, for these images:-
Royal Conservatoire of Scotland
at Holyrood
8th September, Royal Conservatoire of Scotland sings at Holyrood.
Eilean Donan, 7th Sept 2011

On 7th September, the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland's outreach team made it to Eilean Donan Castle .... having got the magic tour-bus's elastic band replaced!

6th September, Amy-Beth Jordan reported that Barluath is touring the Highlands with the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.

 5th September, Amy-Beth Jordan reports that the Royal Conservatoire tour has made it to Sabhal Mor Ostaig on Skye. As you see ...!
  • If you have a free login, you can read Phil Miller's 1st September 2011 piece about our namechange.
  • Tweeters - why not search the #we_are hashtag for more updates?!
    Caught rehearsing in a 16th century castle,
    4th September 2011
Who was on Uist on Friday 2nd September 2011?

'Whittaker' (aka Karen McAulay, Music & Academic Services Librarian at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland) would like to thank Steve Phillips, Amy-Beth Jordan and everyone else who helped assemble the memorable images on this blogpost.