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Graduate careers

RCM graduates are leading successful musical careers throughout the world. The most popular professions for RCM graduates are performer, composer, teacher, conductor, administrator or musical director (numerous shows in London’s West End are directed by RCM graduates) – or a combination of all of these.

Click on the links below to find out where RCM graduates are working right now.

RCM graduates are playing with...

Academy of Ancient Music
Baltimore Chamber Orchestra
BBC Concert Orchestra
BBC National Orchestra of Wales
BBC Philharmonic Orchestra
BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
BBC Symphony Orchestra
Belcea String Quartet
Birmingham Royal Ballet
Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
Britten Quartet
Brodsky String Quartet
Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra
Cavaleri Quartet
Chamber Orchestra of Europe
Chilingirian String Quartet
City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
English Baroque Soloists
English Chamber Orchestra
English National Opera Orchestra
Glyndebourne Touring Opera Orchestra
Hallé Orchestra
Heath Quartet
Hong Kong Philharmonic
Iceland Symphony Orchestra
John Wilson Orchestra
London Mozart Players
London Philharmonic Orchestra
London Sinfonietta
London Symphony Orchestra
Melbourne Symphony Orchestra
National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland
New Zealand Symphony Orchestra
Northern Sinfonia
Opera Sinfonica de Sevilla
Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
L’orchestre de la Suisse Romande
Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France
Philharmonia Orchestra
Queensland Symphony Orchestra
Rambert Dance Company
Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra
Royal Oman Symphony Orchestra
Royal Opera House Orchestra
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Royal Scottish National Orchestra
Sacconi String Quartet
Scottish Chamber Orchestra
Southbank Sinfonia
Sydney Symphony Orchestra
Symphony Orchestra of India
Toronto Symphony Orchestra
Trondheim Symphony Orchestra
Ulster Orchestra
Welsh National Opera Orchestra

RCM graduates are singing with...

Bayreuth Festival
Buxton Festival Opera
Chelsea Opera Group
City of Birmingham Touring Opera
English National Opera
English Touring Opera
Garsington Opera
Glyndebourne Festival Opera
Glyndebourne Touring Opera
Grange Park
Liceu, Barcelona
Lyric Opera, Chicago
The Metropolitan Opera, New York
Opera Holland Park
Opéra national de Lyon
Opera North
The Royal Opera, Covent Garden
La Scala, Milan
Scottish Opera
Welsh National Opera

RCM graduates are teaching at...

Bath Spa University
Birmingham Conservatoire
Boston Conservatory
Cambridge University
Chichester College
Colchester Institute
Guildhall School of Music & Drama
Hochschule der Künste, Berlin
Hong Kong Academy of Performing Arts
Imperial College London
The Juilliard School, New York
King’s College, University of London
Malaysian Institute of Arts
Manhattan School of Music
Open University
Queen Mary College, University of London
Queensland Conservatorium
Reykjavik College of Music
Royal Academy of Music
Royal College of Music
Royal Northern College of Music
Royal Conservatoire of Scotland
Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama
Sydney Conservatorium
Trinity Laban
University College, Cardiff
University of Melbourne
Victoria College of the Arts, Australia
Yamaha Academy of Arts and Music

RCM graduates are working with...

Askonas Holt Ltd
Bayerische Staatsoper
Channel 4
Classic FM
Delicious Digital
Harrison/Parrott Ltd
Hazard Chase
Los Angeles Philharmonic
National Children’s Orchestra
National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain
Priory Records
Remote Control Productions
Royal Albert Hall
Royal National Theatre
Sage Gateshead
Southbank Centre
Staatstheater Kassel
Warner Music Ltd
Wigmore Hall
Yamaha Music Ltd


You can also read the following interviews with RCM graduates about how they have developed their own careers:

Violinist Harry Kerr tells us about working as a freelance musician in London

Pianist Maria Marchant explains how she is developing her performing career

Saxophonist Nathan Hassall tells us about running his own music agency

Cross-arts collective Music Off Canvas' founders Hannah Grayson and Vanessa Howells discuss how they got started and their recent projects

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