RCS and Celtic Connections join forces!

Today it was announced that we have joined forces with The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and Glasgow UNESCO City of Music to host a three-day conference at the 2018 festival in January; exploring the teaching and learning of traditional music in higher education on an international scale.

Delegates and top musicians from many countries are expected to attend the Practices and the Future of Folk Music in Higher Education conference between January 18-20 during Celtic Connections 2018. The conference will also feature performances and masterclasses from Royal Conservatoire of Scotland students, staff and international artists and will include agenda-setting creative conversations open to public audiences.
The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland’s Traditional Music programme gives students the opportunity to work with the world’s top solo and collaborative teachers and performers with many going on to win major competitions. Third year student and fiddler, Charlie Stewart, is the current BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician of the Year. Previous winners include Robyn Stapleton (2014), Stuart Cassells (2005) and the inaugural winner, Gillian Frame (2001).

Students have also been recipients of the BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award including the Mischa MacPherson Trio, Talisk and the 2017 winners, duo Josie Duncan – a third year student at the Royal Conservatoire studying Gaelic Song, Scots Song and Clarsach – and guitarist and fiddler Pablo Lafuente from Spain via Stirling.

Celtic Connections 2018 will be the 25th anniversary of the festival, and the 20th year of its award-winning education programme where 11,000 school children attend free workshops, morning concerts and tutorials dedicated to nurturing an awareness of traditional Scottish music during the festival.