The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland has launched an online community to connect students, staff and audiences while its campus is closed during the coronavirus outbreak.
The Glasgow-based drama school said the platform, RCS at Home, would serve to “spread joy and combat isolation”, with features including streamed lunchtime concerts, online talks, yoga classes and cultural recommendations showcasing the school’s alumni.
Jeffrey Sharkey, RCS principal, said: “We realise that this is an anxious and uncertain time for everyone. Our campus and venues may be closed, and our learning and teaching delivered remotely, but it is important we continue to share our art in creative ways such as through the RCS at Home and RCS Presents… platforms.
“It’s an opportunity for the RCS community to stay in touch with people all over the world as we adapt to this change in our way of life. The community may be virtual, but it is our hope that we can inspire, uplift, unite and entertain.”
RCS at Home will be broadcast across the school’s social media channels and on its website.
Initial programming includes two lunchtime concerts this week – on March 23 and 27 at 1pm – with plans to also stream new musical Thread, written by RCS film-making student Fraser Scott and RCS musical theatre graduate Bethany Tennick.
Other content will include Tuesday Teaching Talks on subjects such as distance learning, while Wednesdays will be given over to well-being sessions on mindfulness and yoga.
It will also promote weekend picks, such as box sets and books, created by former RCS students, while the school’s junior conservatoire will take over on Saturdays with video and blog content.