Royal College of Music

Royal College of Music

Royal College of Music, Prince Consort Road, London SW7 2BS United Kingdom View map

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The Royal College of Music is one of the world’s great conservatoires, training gifted musicians from all over the world for international careers as performers, conductors and composers.

Opened in 1883 by the then Prince of Wales (later Edward VII), the RCM has trained some of the most important figures in British and international music life, including composers such as HolstVaughan Williams, Turnage and Britten; conductors such as Leopold StokowskiSir Colin Davis and Sir Roger Norrington; singers such as Dame Joan SutherlandSir Thomas Allen and Alfie Boe; instrumentalists such as Sir James GalwayJohn LillGervase de Peyer, and Natalie Clein.

With 840 students from more than 55 countries studying at undergraduate, masters or doctoral level, the RCM is a vibrant community of talented and open-minded musicians. RCM professors are musicians with worldwide reputations, accustomed to working with the most talented students of each generation to unlock their artistic potential.

Regular visitors include the likes of Lang LangDame Kiri Te Kanawa and Bernard Haitink. The RCM’s many performing groups – including five orchestras, two jazz bands and the RCM International Opera School – are celebrated for the vitality and excellence of their performances, and are regularly invited to perform at significant venues both in the UK and overseas.

The RCM’s buildings, facilities and location are the envy of the world. The RCM is situated in South Kensington, the home of science, arts and inspiration, directly opposite the Royal Albert Hall . Our iconic building, our concert hallBritten Theatrestudioslibrary and RCM Collections all provide inspiration for RCM students.

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