The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland (RCS) recently announced two new honorary appointments. Violinist Nicola Benedetti has been named as the Conservatoire's Honorary President, a historic role which involves acting as an ambassador for the RCS and taking part in graduation ceremonies. She will hold the position for a five-year term.
Benedetti joins a list of esteemed ex-Honorary Presidents, which includes Ralph Vaughan Williams, Dame Janet Baker, Sir Alexander Gibson, and Dame Judi Dench.
She will be joined in the role by the new Honorary Vice President Dr. Bridget McConnell CBE, who has recently retired from her position as Chief Executive of the charitable organization Glasgow Life.
"In Nicola and Bridget, as our new Honorary President and a Vice President, the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland is extremely lucky to have outstanding international cultural leaders and role models who are passionate and knowledgeable advocates for the power of the arts," said Professor Jeffrey Sharkey, the Principal of the Royal Conservatoire. "I'm thrilled and proud to have them as part of our community."
"It is such an honour to be appointed Honorary President of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland as it celebrates its 175th anniversary and to follow such an illustrious list of people in this role," said Nicola Benedetti.
"Institutions that nurture the highest excellence have a vital role to play in the future of Scotland," she said.