A PRESTIGIOUS Glasgow performing arts school has launched a new online to connect staff, students and alumni, while its campus is closed.

The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland (RCS) sent its new RCSatHome digital platform live today to allow artists to share performances, ideas and conversations from their homes. 

The RCS hopes to combat social isolation and to support students studying at home after the university closed its campus. 

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Artists, staff, students and alumni are encouraged to send in videos, to be streamed on the site and across the RCS's social media channels. 

The platform will feature a weekly "concert strand" featuring performances from artists across the world

Professor Jeffrey Sharkey, Principal of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, said: “We realise that this is an anxious and uncertain time for everyone. Our campus and venues may be closed, and our learning and teaching delivered remotely, but it is important we continue to share our art in creative ways such as through the RCSatHome and RCS Presents … platforms.

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“It’s an opportunity for the RCS community to stay in touch with people all over the world as we adapt to this change in our way of life. 

"The community may be virtual, but it is our hope that we can inspire, uplift, unite and entertain.”