Graduation Day

July 7, 2016 — 181 Comments

On Tuesday 5th July at my Graduation ceremony the four years studying here at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland came to an end with my award of a Bachelor of Music (Performance) with honours of the First Class. I have met some wonderful and inspirational teachers, shared my dreams with new friends and learnt so much during my time here. I have been truly fortunate to study what I love and I know that the skills that I have been taught here will stay with me as I continue my studies. I’m thrilled to have studied at an Institution with graduates that come from no less than 65 countries all across the world. It was also quite unique and wonderful to be presented to our friends and family by walking on stage following Ross Miller on Bagpipes.

We heard inspirational advice from our Principal Professor Jeffrey Sharkey and an encouraging commencement speech from Texas-born cellist Ralph Kirshbaum from his experiences in a long and fulfilling music career, who had been honoured with a Doctor of Music Degree (honoris causa).

Unfortunately Stephen Robertson, the head of vocals could not be with us for graduation as his presence would have made the day perfect.  He has been a constant source of inspiration for me during my four years here at the RCS, always there to provide support and encouragement to overcome what at first may have seemed insurmountable.  For all his help and guidance I must say a big thank you and hope that our paths will cross again in the future.

To all of you that have followed my training progress over the past four years, I want you to know that you have been a very important part of my development and I hope you stay with me for the next stage of my adventure. I have several exciting projects over the summer to share with you soon, keep in touch.


With My Mum And Dad Getting Ready To Go To The Ceremony


My Brother Matt and Me


The Start Of The Graduation Ceremony


Collecting My Degree


A Fabulous Ceremony, I Was So Happy


Norman Beedie, A Wonderful Teacher


Helen McVey, Very Inspirational


Alistair MacDonald, Helped Me Explore Music


Isobel Anderson, Our Alexander Technique Lecturer


Celebrating With My Nana and Grandad


Flowers From My Brother Thomas And His Girlfriend Anna


Claire Rucket, Davidona Pittock, Maria Sappho and Me


Leila Marshall And Me


George Todica And Me On The Steps Outside The RCS


With Alex McFadzen


Back: Nathan Jenkins, Next Line: Tim Edmundson, Robert Forrest and Alex McFadzen, On My Line: Susannah Bedford, Jessica Hurst, Me and Claire Rucket, Front: Beth Taylor


In Front Of The RCS Entrance At The End Of The Day


181 responses to Graduation Day


    You are good with names. I remember faces.😊 Congratulations & I still root for you through the next adventure. Cheers & Blessings.🎉


      At the moment my memory is so full of new music I forget the most basic things I have to keep putting reminders in my phone! I remembered to order your new book though, good luck with it 🍀 you deserve much success.
      Best wishes


        Thank you. I was offered an English teaching position for a year in China, though I’m not sure I can afford the move. Plus, I’m nervous, it’s entirely a different country. Still, I would use my earnings to finally take advantage of all the art exhibition offers I have to pay for. Any thoughts?


        I have a friend who teaches English in rural Japan, he had an amazing time after the initial adjustment where he got a bit home sick. He ended up staying for two years instead of one. Violet a blog friend of mine is doing something similar and having an amazing time, which reminds me I must check how she is getting on now.

        I think it would be good for you, it’s a brave new world to offer a creative person like you a different perspective. Take a look at DALO Collis blog his photos and posts in China are just amazing. I also have a conductor friend who moved out to China to an amazing opportunity. It’s a big decision have you done anything like it before?


        Well, in 2009, my move from Florida to California was over 2,500 miles. I ended up loving SoCal after getting used to it. Still, I didn’t have to cross an entire ocean. But my adventurous curiosity has been sparked. What if…


    Congratulations on earning your Bachelor of Music!


    Congratulations on graduating! Here’s to the next part of your training and career!


    congrats Charlotte


    Big congratulations Charlotte.What a huge milestone and great results. Onward and upward!


      Thank you 😀 I was so happy, the City seems so empty and quiet now everyone has left. I have a couple of exciting concerts in Scotland then I’m off to Berlin for a month, then a short trip to Brussels and finally the big move to London. I’ll catch up soon when the world stops spinning for a moment 😀.
      Best wishes


        I first saw Berlin in 1978. We were in a group camping on the outskirts of the city, and it was still east vs west. I’ve been back two or three times since and never recognise much. It is now very much a happening city, and it was a surprise to find myself back there at the time of a Love Parade! I suppose you have often been, but if you have not taken notice, and if they are still there, you might look out for the footpath markers showing where the wall once ran. I take it you did decide on the Masters then? In London? xx Gwen


        I’ve never been to Germany it will be a first for me, the performance is in French and I get to practice my German too. I’m starting at the Royal College of Music in London mid-September. Lots of change


        Oh well! I hope you get some free time to explore the city. I was about your age when I first saw it. I remember being struck how the west was all neon light, movement and consumerism, while the east was grey stone and little shops which in places were still a few steps down to below street level, and only a few tins displayed in a tiny window. Nothing like that now. On a subsequent visit I was struck by how many construction cranes were in use. The place was being rebuilt. Maybe all I would recognise now would be the Brandenberg Gate. Good luck with the next part of your studies. I’ve joined a community choir here. We had our first end of term concert. Teehee. Audience of twenty supportive family. Our choir leader is about thirty and has a beautiful voice. She teaches at the local Conservatorium of Wollongong. It’s a bit of fun for us, nothing serious. But singing and line dancing are great for the mind and spirits!

    isabellaesthermariarose July 9, 2016 at 8:25 am

    Congratulations, Charlotte. Very well deserved.


    Congratulations, Charlotte! What a beautiful graduation gown–and where did you get that lovely bracelet? Best wishes for your summer!

    Warm regards,



      The Designer Outlet Village Swarovski store, my Mum thought it might be a bit loud with all the colour in my dress and shoes but oh well…couldn’t resist such a good offer 😊😀😄.
      Best wishes


    Congratulations Charlotte,
    What a brilliant 4days in Glasgow we had with you. We are very proud of you.
    Hope you enjoy your 2 years at the RCM doing your masters.xx😘


    Best Graduation, surrounded by your Family and Friends! So happy for you, Charlotte.


    Congratulations Charlotte! Glasgow needs more amazing musicians! Looking forward to seeing what you do next ☺


      Glasgow really has such an amazing culture and music scene, I will miss it tonnes but I have an opportunity later in the year to come back and spend a bit of time here. I think once Glasgow has been part of your life the city and the amazing friendly people stay in your heart forever.
      Best wishes

    Milciades Andrion July 9, 2016 at 9:22 pm

    Congratulations, Charlotte!


    Congratulations! Best wishes for a bright, rewarding future.


    Many Congratulations Charlotte, well done! So enjoyed sharing your journey 🙂


    Congratulations on your graduation! Good luck with your future endeavors.


    Congratulations dear Charlotte, with my best wishes!
    Beautiful pictures from all of you & your family first of all!
    Aslo you look very pretty in this colorful dress! 🙂


    Well done and sincere congratulations. It has been a wonderful journey and I have enjoyed sharing that and all your adventures. Now new adventures are calling and I look forward to reading about them. Take care, and again, Congratulations.


      Thank you John, I’m glad you enjoyed the adventure, it’s going to be exciting I’m so busy at the moment I’ve not really had time to think about it 😄.
      Best wishes


    Congratulations dear Charlotte!Beautiful photos perfectly showcased.Happy summer 🙂 😍💖😀


    Congratulations on your achievement. May your future be a successful one! GOOD LUCK.


    Congratulations. Love your dress. You rock.


    You look stunning, you are blessed dear Charlotte 🙂


    Congrats Charlotte! And oh yeah, your brother is a bit of a hottie – yep, I said it, LOL!


    Congratulations Charlotte and what an excellent degree result you got! Have a wonderful summer!


      Thank you Clare, I can honestly say I worked really hard over the full four years they don’t give loads of them out so I was really pleased.
      Best wishes


        I am sure you deserved it. Most tutors have a very good idea about how much work a student puts in and you have so much talent as well. I hoe you can relax a little before going off to The Royal College.


        It’s very exciting, I’ve not got too much time to rest but I prefer to be busy.


    Congratulations, Charlotte! You deserve the highest honour! All the best in the coming Masters program and a bright future! In this world of turmoil, we sure need voices like yours to spread beauty and goodwill.


      Thank you Arti, I like to look on the bright side even when there is so much darkness, I loved your post, I’m about to watch Unbroken directed by Angelina Jolie.
      Best wishes


    Congratulations xxx 🙂


    Congrats !!!


    Congratulations. How exciting to just be starting out on the adventure of your career. What a great looking bunch of people in your pictures. All the best in the years ahead. 🙂 — Suzanne


    Congratulations on your achievements. Lovely photos too.


    Congratulations!! Wishing you all the best in life 😀


    Congratulations always nice to see someone receive their reward from all the hard work. Blessings KR



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