ROYAL COLLEGE OF MUSIC

United Kingdom, England

Located in South Kensington, London, Royal College of Music was established in 1882 and provides undergraduate to doctoral level training in various sectors of Western Music like conducting, composition, performance, music theory and history along with researches in performance science and performance practice. Being a member of the Conservatoires UK and one of the conservatories of the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music, the college has a junior department in which 300 children aged between 8 and 18 are educated. The college hosts 840 students of 55 nationalities and has musicians with a high reputation as professors who can bring out the artistic potential in every student. Having a collaboration with Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts, Singapore, the college is visited regularly by Lang Lang, Bernard Haitink and Dame Kiri Te Kanawa. Performing groups of the college like the five orchestras, the RCM International Opera School and the two jazz bands are regularly receiving invitations to perform at national and international venues. RCM’s buildings including the concert hall, studio, Britten Theatre and library provide inspiration to its students.

Campus Life

The college provides accommodation to its students in its halls of residence in West London and also helps students if they choose to live in rented homes. The hall of residence named the Prince Consort Village houses 400 students and is located on Goldhawk Road with en-suite rooms, studio apartments and standard rooms. Most of the first-year students prefer to stay at Prince Consort Village which has an in-house team and a residence manager along with regular events that help to relax and connect with friends. Prince Consort Village has bedrooms that are acoustically treated so that the students can practice from their rooms along with services like a film room, laundry, reception, gym, bicycle storage, open mic space, high-speed internet and indoor and outdoor communal spaces. It is located close to Shepherd’s Bush where several cinemas, restaurants and fashion and lifestyle brands can be explored. The main concert venue of the college is the Amaryllis Fleming Concert Hall along with the Britten Theatre which is used for music, theatre, opera and ballet. The Royal College of Music Museum displays musical instruments, sculptures, photographs, portraits and engravings that are related to music along with 10,000 photographs and prints of musicians in its archives.

Noted Alumni

The most notable alumni of the college include Colin Davis, Hugh McLean, Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, Michael Tippett, John Williams, Anna Russell, Hugh McLean, Madeleine Mitchell, Ralph Vaughan Williams, John Ireland and Olga Jegunova.