EU Referendum

A Personal Message from the Director

The Royal College of Music is a truly international conservatoire that attracts the world's finest musicians from Europe and beyond. 

As Director of the RCM I am immensely proud of our diverse community of students and staff. Their exceptional talent and creativity makes a huge contribution to daily life at the RCM and ensures that the College continues to be recognised as a world-class conservatoire. Now more than ever, the RCM's internationalism reminds me that music is a language that has the power to transcend borders and this inspires me to look beyond the current uncertainty of the next few months and focus on the RCM's long-term vision; to continue to demonstrate our connections to Europe and the rest of the world, strengthen our international partnerships and create opportunities for cultural exchange.

The RCM was founded on the principle that world-class music education should be available to anyone with the talent and potential to succeed, regardless of their background or personal circumstances. Throughout our 130 year history the College has upheld this ethos - welcoming, nurturing and training the best and most promising talent from around the globe. Nearly 50% of RCM students receive financial help during their studies and this support is extended to our many international students, ensuring that financial means are not a barrier in achieving musical excellence. 

Since the result of the EU referendum was announced, we have reassured current and incoming EU students that the RCM does not plan to charge any higher fees than they currently pay, or are expecting to pay, for the duration of their existing programme. We have worked closely with Universities UK and Conservatoires UK and will continue to lobby zealously for the best representation of EU students, now and in the future.  

I give my assurance that what won't ever change is the quality of the RCM's training, our unrivalled performance opportunities and our support for and commitment to European students. Our newly opened hall of residence Prince Consort Village, in the heart of cosmopolitan west London, is the latest example of the RCM's investment in its world-class student facilities. 

Musicians are naturally adaptable and collaborative and I am certain that together we can face these challenges and emerge stronger than before.  All of us here at the Royal College of Music in London will be working hard to ensure the RCM remains the number one choice for talented musicians from all over the world.

Professor Colin Lawson CBE FRCM


Supported by the Royal College of Music’s Directorate:

Kevin Porter Deputy Director
Lily Harriss Director of Development & Alumni Engagement
Talia Hull Director of Communications
Stephen Johns Artistic Director
Marcus McDonald Director of Finance & Estates
Professor Richard Wistreich Director of Research 


And the RCM’s Heads of Faculty: 

Nigel Black Head of Brass
William Mival Head of Composition
Professor Ashley Solomon Chair and Head of Historical Performance
Professor Vanessa Latarche Head of Keyboard and Chair of International Keyboard Studies
David Hockings Head of Percussion
Mark Messenger Head of Strings
Nick Sears Head of Vocal Studies
Simon Channing Head of Woodwind


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