The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland (RCS) are launching a series of webinars on ‘Robert Burns and Song’ led by Professor Fred Freeman, one of Scotland’s leading experts on the songs of Robert Burns.
The webinar series will comprise of five, one hour sessions, over five weeks. You will examine the role Burns played in Scottish culture and the influence his works continue to have on culture today.

Course information:
The webinars require no prior knowledge of Robert Burns, just an interest in his songs and in Scots language and culture.

Topics include:
Week one: An Introduction to Scots Language (30 Jan)
You will explore the language of Scots and the tribes which have influenced the sound by listening to a Scots traditional CD produced by Fred which includes; Burns, Tannahill and Hamish Henderson.

Week two: The Vernacular Revival (6 Feb)
You will become more knowledgable about the dynamic artistic environment that gave rise to Burns and share your thoughts for and against Scots language and the unique genres that emerged, such as; Pastoral Scots, mock elegies, Jacobite and political song verse.

Week three: Introduction to Burns and Pastoral Songs (13 Feb)
Truly discover who Robert Burns was and what were his social, philosophical and artistic ideas? To source this information we will examine Burn’s letters and determine his use of pastoral language as a social and political metaphor.

Week four: Multiple Voice: The Grotesques and Political Song(20 Feb)
You will take part in a discussion on the use of multiple voice in tradition. You will learn how Burn’s used multiple voice to redefine the Highlander in Scottish society and culture.

Week five – The Burns Legacy (27 Feb)
To conclude, we discuss of whether Burns single-handedly created a Scottish national art form. We look at Burns background as a folk fiddler musician and at his use of rhythm, assonance and consonance.

Course leader: Professor Fred Freeman

Fred Freeman has, over many years, taught Scottish literature at The School of Scottish Studies and the English Department, University of Edinburgh.

Fred has written numerous books and articles on Scottish literature, Scots language, folk music and history, and was recently recognised by the Association For Scottish Literary Studies, with a lifetime Honorary Fellowship for his outstanding contribution to Scottish literary studies.

Over the past decade he has drawn upon his extensive musical background, producing over 46 (internationally acclaimed) CDs – amongst them: The Complete Songs of Robert Burns, 13 Cds, Linn Records 1996-2003; The Complete Songs of Robert Tannahill, Vols I, II & III (with Vol IV currently in production and one remaining volume to come).

Course details:
To apply for this course, visit

Start date: Mondays 30 Jan – 27 Feb 2017

Time: 7 – 8pm

Cost: £100 (for all five sessions or £20 per webinar session)

Apply now

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