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Royal Gala at Buckingham Palace celebrates the Royal College of Music

Tuesday 7 February 2017

HRH The Prince of Wales, president of the RCM, has hosted a gala to celebrate students, alumni and the work the RCM is doing to expand its reach.

RCM and Shanghai Conservatory of Music establish new Joint Institute

Monday 16 January 2017

The Royal College of Music has signed an historic agreement with the Shanghai Conservatory of Music to establish a new Joint Institute in China. This will be the first such partnership of any UK music conservatoire.

Season’s Greetings From The Royal College of Music

Tuesday 13 December 2016

The Royal College of Music wishes all students, staff, visitors and supporters the very best for the Festive Season and New Year.

Lord Black appointed new Chairman of the Royal College of Music

Thursday 8 December 2016

The Royal College of Music is delighted to announce that it has appointed Lord Black of Brentwood to the position of Chairman of Council, effective from August 2017.

Royal College of Music Celebration on Classic FM

Wednesday 5 October 2016

The Royal College of Music is delighted to announce a new partnership with the UK’s most popular classical music station, Classic FM. 

Sir Neville Marriner CH FRCM, 1924 - 2016

Monday 3 October 2016

We are deeply saddened by the death of Royal College of Music alumnus and former professor Sir Neville Marriner on 2 October.

National Student Survey

Wednesday 17 August 2016

The Royal College of Music has achieved outstanding results in the 2016 National Student Survey.

100% Success for RCM Graduates in National Employment Survey

Friday 5 August 2016

For three years running, the RCM has scored 100% in the Destination of Leavers from Higher Education survey

Autumn Season 2016 Announced

Wednesday 27 July 2016

The Royal College of Music is delighted to announce its 2016 Autumn Season, including a return by Bernard Haitink and appearances by a host of major international guest artists.

Emily Sun Wins Royal Over-Seas League

Thursday 2 June 2016

Royal College of Music violinist Emily Sun won the Gold Medal at the Royal Over-Seas League Final, held at Cadogan Hall on Wednesday 1 June.

Gold Medal at Chesapeake for RCM Students

Tuesday 19 April 2016

Recorder quartet BLOCK4 has won top prize at Chesapeake Chamber Music Competition.

2017-2018 Prospectus Available Now

Monday 11 April 2016

We are pleased to announce the publication of the Royal College of Music’s 2017-2018 prospectus.

Ensemble in Association Florilegium Celebrates 25 Years Together

Wednesday 6 April 2016

Outstanding period instrument ensemble Florilegium celebrates its 25th anniversary and 8 years as Ensemble in Association at the Royal College of Music.

Announcing our Summer Season

Wednesday 30 March 2016

We’re delighted to announce the Royal College of Music’s Summer Season, focusing on the music of Igor Stravinsky.

RCM Named Top Conservatoire for Performing Arts in the UK

Tuesday 22 March 2016

QS World University Rankings finds the Royal College of Music top conservatoire based on the strength and quality of its teaching, research activities, graduate employability and international profile.

The Royal College of Music Secures Rare Gagliano Violin

Wednesday 16 March 2016

The RCM is delighted to announce the permanent loan of a 1758 Nicolò Gagliano violin.

HRH The Prince of Wales Presents Honours During Annual Visit

Thursday 10 March 2016

HRH The Prince of Wales today honoured a number of outstanding figures in international musical life at the Royal College of Music’s Annual Awards ceremony.

ROSL Success for Consone Quartet

Friday 4 March 2016

The Consone Quartet, which features three Royal College of Music students and alumni, has won the Ensembles A final of the 2016 Royal Over-Seas League Music Competition.

Terence Charlston Appointed Chair of Historical Keyboard Instruments

Thursday 3 March 2016

Internationally renowned harpsichordist and high-profile researcher Terence Charlston takes on a brand new role at the RCM.

Magdalena Loth-Hill receives Mills Williams Medal

Wednesday 2 March 2016

The current Mills Williams Junior Fellow, Magdalena Loth-Hill, was delighted to be presented with the Mills Williams Medal by Chair of Trustees Nigel Woolner on 1 March.

Students Find Success Through Historical Performance

Friday 4 December 2015

Historical Performance at the RCM has a strong track-record of providing students from several faculties with opportunities to achieve great success.

Dyslexia Awareness Week 2015

Monday 5 October 2015

The Royal College of Music is pleased to once again be taking part in Dyslexia Awareness Week, running this year from 5-11 October.

Apply now for RCM Auditions

Friday 25 September 2015

We are already looking forward to next year and auditioning students for 2016/17, and the application deadline is fast approaching.

2015/16 Junior Fellows Announced

Monday 21 September 2015

RCM Director Professor Colin Lawson has announced the list of remarkable musicians who will be Junior Fellows for the 2015/16 academic year.

Sir David Willcocks CBE MC FRCM, 1919 - 2015

Friday 18 September 2015

We are deeply saddened to report the death of former RCM Director, Sir David Willcocks, on 17 September.

Autumn Season on Sale

Wednesday 19 August 2015

The Royal College of Music is delighted to announce its new Autumn Season.

Success for RCM Graduates

Friday 3 July 2015

Students from the Royal College of Music are more likely to find employment than those of any other UK conservatoire, according to data published by HESA.

RCM tops Guardian League Table

Tuesday 26 May 2015

The Royal College of Music has been ranked first in the 2016 Guardian University League Table for music.

RCM Baroque Orchestra on Tour

Friday 10 April 2015

Musicians from the RCM’s Historical Performance department have recently enjoyed a tour to Austria and Germany to perform J S Bach’s St John Passion.

Summer Season on sale

Wednesday 8 April 2015

Summer is almost here, and so is a bright new season of musical events at the Royal College of Music!

New Season: Spring 2015

Wednesday 3 December 2014

We’re delighted to announce our new Spring Season of events.

Christopher Hogwood 1941 – 2014

Thursday 25 September 2014

We are very sorry to report the death of conductor, composer and musicologist Christopher Hogwood CBE on 24 September.

New Year at the RCM

Monday 16 September 2013

We are delighted to warmly welcome a total of 360 new students from 53 different countries for a new academic year at the Royal College of Music.

RCM Autumn Events

Tuesday 19 August 2014

Booking is now open for the Royal College of Music’s Autumn Season 2014, and as always there is an exciting line up of concerts, masterclasses, talks and participatory events on offer.

The President's Visit 2014

Wednesday 14 May 2014

HRH The Prince of Wales honoured a number of outstanding figures in international musical life on Wednesday 14 May at the RCM’s Annual Awards ceremony.

ROSL Successes

Tuesday 6 May 2014

RCM musicians have won three main awards in this year’s Royal Over-Seas League Annual Music Competition.

C P E Bach: Spiritual Songs

Friday 25 April 2014

A new CD of C P E Bach’s music recorded by RCM professors Norbert Meyn and Terence Charlston has been released by Toccata Classics.

RCM Summer Events

Wednesday 9 April 2014

Booking is now open for the RCM’s Summer Season, offering up unmissable events from some of the world's most outstanding young musical talent.

Ashley Solomon made Chair of Historical Performance

Wednesday 12 March 2014

Ashley Solomon has been appointed to a Chair of Historical Performance at the Royal College of Music.

RCM Spring Events

Tuesday 10 December 2013

Booking is now open for the RCM’s Spring Season, jam-packed with exciting events featuring our hugely talented young musicians.

Double Your Money with The Big Give

Monday 25 November 2013

This December, the Royal College of Music is once again participating in the Big Give Christmas Challenge...

RCM Autumn Events

Wednesday 21 August 2013

Booking is now open for the RCM's autumn season of events, featuring some of the world’s most talented young musicians and internationally acclaimed visiting artists

Graduation Live Broadcast

Wednesday 3 July 2013

We’re delighted to announce a new experiment for the RCM: this Friday, we will be broadcasting the entire 2013 RCM Graduation Ceremony LIVE on the RCM website.

A Grand Tour

Friday 28 June 2013

On 30 June, Ashley Solomon and the RCM Baroque Ensemble are heading to Italy for their second annual concert tour.

Instruments Out and About

Wednesday 26 June 2013

Two treasures from the RCM Special Collections are being loaned out to special exhibitions this summer.

Florilegium at Bath International Music Festival

Wednesday 29 May 2013

RCM Ensemble in Association Florilegium will collaborate with RCM singers and alumnae at this year’s Bath International Music Festival.

The President's Award

Thursday 9 May 2013

HRH The Prince of Wales celebrated 20 years as President of the Royal College of Music by endorsing a brand-new honour, The President’s Award.

Sir Colin Davis

Monday 15 April 2013

We were very sorry to hear of the death of RCM alumnus Sir Colin Davis on Sunday 14 April 2013.

Michael Gough Matthews

Thursday 11 April 2013

We are very sorry to report the death of Vice-President and former RCM Director, Michael Gough Matthews, on Thursday 11 April 2013.

RCM Summer Events

Wednesday 10 April 2013

Booking is now open for the RCM's summer season: more than 100 events showcasing some of the world’s very best young musical talent.

Apply now for International Auditions

Monday 1 October 2012

Apply now for auditions in South Korea and Japan - the deadline is fast approaching!

24 Violons at Cadogan Hall

Thursday 26 July 2012

Sir Roger Norrington has conducted the RCM Baroque Orchestra at a spectacular concert at Cadogan Hall as part of the BBC Proms.

Success for Consort Audite Nova

Monday 30 April 2012

"Consort Audite Nova" won joint First Prize in the Sir Anthony Lewis Memorial Prize Competition on Tuesday 3rd April, 2012

Live on Radio 3

Monday 30 April 2012

On Friday 27 April, the RCM Baroque Orchestra and Soloists appeared on BBC Radio 3's "In Tune" to promote a very special concert...

From Indiana to Kensington

Monday 26 March 2012

This March, we were delighted to welcome three vocal students from the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University...

Disc of the Week

Monday 5 March 2012

RCM Head of Historical Performance Ashley Solomon has scored a success with his new Vivaldi CD.

By Special Invitation...

Wednesday 26 October 2011

This month, RCM performers were invited to perform in two prestigious concert series in south west London.

100% employability for RCM graduates

Friday 23 September 2011

According to a study carried out by the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA), RCM graduates are more likely to find employment than those of any other UK conservatoire

Treasures from the RCM Collections

Wednesday 22 June 2011

Ingrid Pearson, Deputy Head of the Graduate School, has recently given a lecture as part of the Gresham College Lecture Series.

Refurbishing the RCM Museum

Wednesday 22 June 2011

We are delighted to announce that we are investing in a refurbishment of our famous Museum of Instruments...

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