b'PERFORMANCEPrevious page: an RCS student performs at Dumfries House. This page: an ambitious production of the opera Street Scene, staged at the RCS in May 2018 8 6 Royal status by King George VI in 1944. After branching into dramathe creation of new art and new ideas in the spaces in between.it also opened the first ever television studio located in a UK dramaEach year, RCS students put on more than 600 performances, school back in 1962the institution eventually became the Royalattracting an audience of some 56,000. There are a number Conservatoire of Scotland in 2011, with the new name reflecting itsof performance opportunities outside the academys walls too, national status and growing curriculum. such as the prestigious Edinburgh Festival, Skibo and even at RCS is the only conservatoire in Europe to offer degrees acrossinternational music festivals and venues.all of the performing arts, including production and education,Graduates of the Royal Conservatoire make an impact on stage as well as postgraduate qualifications and workshops for childrenand screen and behind the scenes across the globe. Theres a plethora and adults. Last year, it was ranked fifth in the world for performingof British acting talent who learned the ropes at RCS, including arts education by the QS World Rankings, putting it on a parRichard Madden, James McAvoy, David Tennant and Laura Donnelly. with such renowned institutions as New Yorks Juilliard and theAlso, theatre designer Basia Binkowska scooped the 2017 Linbury University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna. Prizethe UKs most prestigious award for stage designand mezzo Theres a unique energy that hits you from the moment yousoprano Svetlina Stoyanova won first prize in the Neue Stimmen walk through the doors, says RCS principal Jeffrey Sharkey.International Singing Competition while still a student in 2017, RCS Robbie McFadzeanEveryone who steps inside can feel the pulse of this extraordinarygoing straight from her studies to the Vienna State Opera.place thats alive with a passion for performance and a sense thatScotlands national conservatoire may be over 170 years old, anything is possible. RCS prides itself on a slightly left-fieldbut an inherently progressive nature is key to its success. Artistic approach to education. The groundbreaking curriculum is basededucation, we believe, is not simply a luxury, but an essential for a on an immersive experience, with students living and breathinghealthy, enriched and sustainable society, says Sharkey. Artists are all their craft through cross-disciplinary learning, collaboration andarchitects in some way of their own future and of our shared future. '