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Tuesday 16 Sep 2014

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BBC SSO and RSAMD collaborate on lasting arts legacy for Scotland

In February 2011, students from the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama (RSAMD) will have the enviable and daunting task of conducting and performing with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra (BBC SSO). These conducting and performing masterclasses are part of an ongoing partnership between the RSAMD and BBC SSO, providing academy students with unparalleled opportunities to learn within one of the UK's leading orchestras.

On Monday 7 February, the BBC SSO's Chief Conductor, Donald Runnicles, will lead four RSAMD students in a Conducting Masterclass. Under his expert guidance, each student will have the opportunity to conduct the entire BBC SSO on core items from the symphonic repertoire before an audience at Glasgow's City Halls.

Maestro Runnicles is regarded as one of the finest conductors of symphonic and operatic repertoire in the world and, in addition to his role at the BBC SSO, is the RSAMD's first International Fellow in Conducting and a member of the Academy's Board of Governors.

Four advanced performing students from the undergraduate and postgraduate programmes in the School of Music have also been selected to take part in Concerto Masterclasses. Students will work on items from the concerto repertoire and will be mentored and coached on their performance by principal players from the BBC SSO.

Following the coaching sessions, each student will have the opportunity to perform their concerto with the BBC SSO before an audience on Monday 28 February. Both the conducting and concerto masterclasses will be filmed for learning purposes and highlights posted on the BBC SSO website.

This partnership also provides further opportunities for the Academy's first Post Graduate Conducting Fellow, Jessica Cottis. Since October 2009, Miss Cottis has been Donald Runnicles' assistant conductor with the BBC SSO, working closely with him on major projects that have included epic works such as Ravel's Daphnis and Chloe and Mahler's First Symphony.

Miss Cottis has gone on to conduct the BBC SSO professionally on several occasions, most notably in the recent world premiere of James Dillon's Nine Rivers.

These new initiatives augment the RSAMD/BBC SSO Student Mentoring Scheme, which has been running for the past three years, and presents orchestral players with the opportunity to rehearse and learn in the challenging atmosphere of a leading broadcasting orchestra, under the expert scrutiny of the BBC SSO's players, conductors and radio producers.

These schemes are central to an agreement signed last year between BBC Scotland and the RSAMD that will allow students from a variety of disciplines to learn their craft inside the professional environment of the BBC.

Building upon the RSAMD's existing partnership with the BBC SSO, the existing musical collaborations will extend to include other art forms and areas of study including drama, digital film and television.

Notes to Editors

RSAMD Donald Runnicles Conducting Masterclass with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra

Monday 7 February, 2.30pm (doors open at 2.15pm)
City Halls, Glasgow

Haydn, Symphony No.44, Trauer
Brahms, Symphony No.2

RSAMD student condutors

Jessica Cottis
Gordon Bragg
Eoin Tonner
Kerem Hassan

Free tickets are available from the RSAMD Box Office only, on 0141 332 5057, and are limited to two per application.

RSAMD concerto Masterclasses 2011 with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra

Monday 28 February, 2.30pm (doors open at 2.15pm)
City Halls, Glasgow

Villa Lobos Ciranda das sete notas for bassoon and string orchestra
Graeme Brown, bassoon

Sibelius Violin Concerto
Rachel Spencer, violin

Rory Boyle Marimba Concerto
Glynn Forrest, marimba

Larsson Concertino for trombone and string orchestra
Jonathan Wettermark, trombone

Tecwyn Evans, conductor

Free tickets are available from the RSAMD Box Office only, on 0141 332 5057, and are limited to two per application.


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