ROYAL WELSH COLLEGE OF MUSIC AND DRAMA

United Kingdom, Wales

Being the main cultural identity of Wales and Cardiff, the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama provides performance-based training in drama and music. It is the National Conservatoire of Wales and focuses on empowering its students to achieve greatness in music and theatre professions. Along with providing its students with artistic ‘voice’, it hosts more than 300 public performances each year like recitals, opera, orchestral concerts, drama and musical theatre, creating diversity among its students. The college works with several reputed arts organizations like BBC NOW and Welsh National Opera and visiting directors and artists to provide its students with the latest practices of the professional world. The conservatoire consists of three theatres which are the Caird Studio, the Richard Burton Theatre and the Bute Theatre and a concert hall and the Dora Stoutzker Hall. Being a member of the Federation of Drama Schools, two-thirds of its students are undertaking courses in music and the remaining in technical theatre and drama.

Campus Life

Filled with youthful creative energy, Cardiff is the capital city of Wales and is also one of the country’s most popular university cities with its splendid arts, cultural and sporting venues. Students and graduates of the college have several exciting opportunities available in Wales with its thriving creative sector and the national arts companies in the area along with the BBC’s major drama production center outside London. The college is Cardiff’s most famous venue with more than 60,000 visitors every year. The Wales Millennium Centre hosts West End musicals, ballet and contemporary dance, opera, art exhibitions, workshops, hip-hop and stand-up comedy and the Arcades in Cardiff has several cafes, boutiques, vintage clothing shops and delicatessens besides the numerous restaurants, shops and cafes in St David’s shopping center. The Cardiff Bay hosts events like the Cardiff Bay Beach, Volvo Ocean Race, Harbour Festival and the Food and Drink Festival and the Cardiff International Sports Village offers white water rafting courses along with rafting and canoeing any time of the year.

Noted Alumni

Alumni of the college include Anthony Hopkins, Rob Brydon and Aneurin Barnard along with Jan Anderson, Zahra Ahmad and Remy Beasley.