Events to mark name change of RSAMD

Musicians will perform everywhere from ferries to subway stations over the next month as the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland celebrates its new name.

Formerly known as the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama, it chose a new title to better reflect the range of disciplines it teaches. The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland offers training in music, drama, dance, production arts and screen work.

To mark the change, the Conservatoire will present 35 events around the country over the next 30 days. There will be performances on the Govan Ferry and at the Falkirk Wheel, as well as the Scottish Parliament and the Pitlochry Highland Games.

The cost of the name change has been met through private donation. Principal John Wallace said: "The name change is a once in a generation event. This has been Scotland's national conservatoire for many years, all but in name. Now it's official and I am delighted to be part of this momentous event.

"The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland was chosen as the new name because it reflects who we are and positions us internationally as Scotland's national conservatoire with a reputation that is second to none.

"We have always attracted the finest staff and best students from around the UK, Europe and beyond. Our alumni reach the very top of their chosen professions. The introduction of modern ballet, musical theatre, jazz and digital film and television over the past few years has opened up a new set of opportunities and we continue to set the bar and build upon our success."

Other events planned are a concert from the back of a Royal Scottish National Orchestra lorry and a tour of railway stations.

The Royal Conservatoire's many orchestras, ensembles and productions have also been renamed as part of the process. They will be known as the Royal Conservatoire Brass, the Royal Conservatoire Symphony Orchestra and Royal Conservatoire Productions.

The celebrations culminate with an academic procession through the streets of Glasgow from the Old Athenaeum on Buchanan Street to the main campus on Renfrew Street on Monday, October 3.

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