A SCOTTISH mezzo soprano and an emerging opera performer is to receive an Honorary Professorship from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland at its winter graduation ceremony.

BBC Cardiff Singer of the World winner and Royal Conservatoire alumna Catriona Morison will receive the accolade from her alma mater at its ceremony on October 26.

The ceremony will also include the conferment of a Fellowship upon Scott Mitchell, a Keyboard and Collaborative Piano Lecturer and accompanist at Scotland’s national conservatoire.

Catriona, who represented Scotland, is the first singer from the British Isles to win the prestigious main prize at the BBC Cardiff competition in its 34 year history.

She was one of 400 international entrants to BBC Cardiff Singer of the World.

Ms Morison was selected for the final 20 alongside fellow Royal Conservatoire of Scotland graduates Anush Hovhannisyan and Dominic Barberi, representing Armenia and England respectively, going on to win the competition’s main and song prizes.


Burns Unbroke opens on January 25, 2018 at the Summerhall venue in Edinburgh.

This new multi-arts festival will "celebrate the variety of artistic and performing practices currently on offer in Scotland, and beyond, through the prism offered by new interpretations of the life and work of Robert Burns."

It features over 30 visual artists and there will be newly commissioned work by four Scottish based artists.

Events includes an Alternative Burns Night, spoken word performances, children’s performances and a programme of music.

An advisory panel has been appointed for Burns Unbroke: Gerry Carruthers (Professor of Scottish Literature, University of Glasgow), Calum Colvin (Professor of Contemporary Art Practice, Dundee University), Pete Irvine (Founder of Unique Events) and Emma Nicolson (Director, Atlas Arts).

Burns Unbroke will take place at Summerhall where the visual art will be on display in 11 galleries for six weeks, from 25 January – 10 March 2018, with the majority of performance events focussed around the weekend of 26-28 January.

Burns Unbroke is a partnership between Sheilagh Tennant of Artruist and Summerhall.


Magnetic North is working in co-production with Traverse Theatre Company for the first time to present Our Fathers.

It is the first theatrical adaptation of Edmund Gosse's book Father and Son, which is woven with personal stories from playwright and Traverse Associate Artist Rob Drummond and Magnetic North’s Artistic Director Nicholas Bone

It will have its world premiere this October at Edinburgh’s Traverse Theatre before touring the rest of Scotland.

Father and Son tells the story of Gosse’s upbringing as the only child of evangelical Christians in Victorian England, and his growing realisation that he did not share their religious faith.

Both Drummond and Bone are the atheist children of clergymen.

This new production is the first co-production between the two Edinburgh-based companies and is also the first time Rob Drummond – a Traverse Associate Artist and writer of Grain in the Blood, Bullet Catch and In Fidelity – has worked with Magnetic North.

It will be performed at the Traverse from October 25 to 28.

The production then tours to Glasgow, Inverness, Banchory, Aberdeen, Greenock, St Andrews and Peebles.