The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland (RCS) has opened a new £2 million rehearsal facility as it continues to mark its 170th anniversary.

The two-level complex doubles the number of practice rooms at the Glasgow city centre campus and also includes extra teaching areas.

Funded through a series donations from bodies including The Robertson Trust and The Hugh Fraser Foundation, it opened as the RCS celebrates its anniversary.

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A series of special events and concerts are planned throughout the year and a special tartan has also been made to mark the milestone.

RCS principal Professor Jeffrey Sharkey said: "Students are at the heart of everything we do at the RCS and we're thrilled to hand over this wonderful learning and teaching complex that will support them on their journey with us.

"An inspiring environment is crucial to the student experience and this purpose-built space gives our talented students and lifelong learners a place to grow and develop as performers.

"Not only will it be a hugely beneficial practical resource, it will also further enhance our dynamic culture of creativity, collaboration and innovation."

Lesley Macdonald, head of giving at The Robertson Trust, said: "The Robertson Trust is pleased to support the creative campus project at RCS.

"By providing a platform for young people who face barriers to achieving their goals, the Royal Conservatoire is recognised both nationally and internationally for the work it does in widening access to the arts.

"We hope that our support will help the Royal Conservatoire continue and expand on this work and we believe the campus will be a real asset to the students."