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Royal Schools of Music students perform at major cultural event

2 years ago


Students from our Royal Schools of Music partners had the opportunity to showcase their talent at an important cultural gathering last night.

The folk duo Gnoss from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and saxophonist Caitlin Laing from the Royal Northern College of Music were the main performers at the Creative Industries Federation’s Second Anniversary celebration event at the new Design Museum in London.

They played in front of an audience of the great and the good of the cultural and political worlds. This included BBC Director General Tony Hall, Arts Council England Chairman Nicholas Serota and Minister of State for Digital and Culture Matt Hancock.


There were also keynote speeches from the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport Karen Bradley, the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Greg Clark, the Cabinet Secretary for Culture, Tourism and External Affairs in the Scottish Government Fiona Hyslop, and Mayor of London Sadiq Khan.

They all highlighted the importance of our creative sector, for its significant contribution to the UK economy and demonstrating to the world what’s best about Britain.

Lincoln Abbotts, ABRSM Director of Strategic Development, who was at the Creative Industries Federation (CIF) event last night, said:

“It was a real privilege to hear the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland’s (RCS’s) folk duo Gnoss and the Royal Northern College of Music’s (RNCM’s) saxophonist Caitlin Laing give such amazing performances. They did a brilliant job of showcasing the exciting and emerging talent coming through the pipeline. And what an excellent opportunity for them to perform in a front of a ‘who’s who’ from the political and cultural worlds.

“We are really proud to work with the RCS, the RNCM and our other Royal Schools partners to support more young people achieve their musical potential. Helping them to nurture their musical ability is really important to us, as the new generation of musicians will go on to inspire the next.”

Caitlin Laing

Professor Jeffrey Sharkey, Principal of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, said: “I am delighted to see our students in folk duo Gnoss had the opportunity to perform at one of the most significant events in the cultural calendar.

“Graeme Rorie and Aidan Moodie are terrific ambassadors for traditional music and for the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, this is a wonderful opportunity for them – and us - to be part of a positive celebration both of national and international creativity and the power of the arts to inspire, engage and transform.”

Professor Linda Merrick, RNCM Principal, said: “I am thrilled that saxophonist Caitlin Laing was offered the opportunity to represent the RNCM at last night’s anniversary celebration.

“CIF provides a leading voice for arts and culture across the UK and it is wonderful to know that, together with musicians from the RSC, we were able to showcase the incredible talent of our young musicians and fly the flag for UK conservatoire education.”

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