Hope Springs Eternal – A Sonic Landscape

In our contribution to COP26, the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland has worked in partnership with Scotland House, Scotland’s international enterprise network, to stimulate global conversations and provide a diverse range of artistic responses to the climate change debate.

In a year of reflection, and focused on the goals of COP26, we have developed a multi-disciplinary programme of new works offering a creative response from our community of young artists at RCS – Hope Springs Eternal.

Climate change, and in particular adaptation, resilience and nature, are at the forefront of this specially commissioned series. These works share how a new generation of artists can respond to what is happening in the world, and to help us understand it, question it, mourn it, celebrate it, and learn from it.

Join us to enjoy a vibrant ensemble of Royal Conservatoire of Scotland guitarists performing music inspired by climate change. Each work will be performed alongside a newly commissioned film, inspired by the music, created by RCS Film students.

Our performance of music and film will include works by Leo Brouwer, Eddie McGuire and Philip Glass with each work purposely reflecting the constancy of change: we can either contribute positively to evolution by harmonising with nature and working together to forge a brighter future- or stand by in placid ignorance.

This performance will tour, travelling by bicycle, to small venues and schools in and around Glasgow as well as feature in the British Council-supported ‘Climate Portal’ that will act as a global portal to creativity, collaboration and conversation, connecting Scotland to the rest of the world.

Tim Beattie
Finlay Hay
Dominika Dawidowska
Lenny Rannallo