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Facilities

An RCM percussionist in the percussion ensemble

We continually invest in our facilities to ensure RCM students have the very best opportunities. Our impressive performance spaces are matched by top-quality academic and technical provisions, such as our historic library and professional grade studios. The Royal College of Music is proud to offer some of the finest facilities anywhere in the world.

The RCM Baroque Ensemble and Choir in the Amaryllis Fleming Concert Hall

Amaryllis Fleming Concert Hall

With two Steinway grand pianos and a capacity of 400, the Amaryllis Fleming Concert Hall is the primary rehearsal and concert venue for RCM orchestras and large ensembles.

It is one of the busiest venues in London, and has played host to many great names, including Richard Strauss, Jean Sibelius, Ralph Vaughan Williams, Benjamin Britten, Nicola Benedetti, Bernard Haitink and Vladimir Ashkenazy.

Britten Theatre

The Britten Theatre is one of London’s best-loved opera venues. Its responsive acoustics and intimate auditorium are appreciated by performers and audiences alike.

With excellent technical facilities, the theatre is in regular use as the focus of the RCM’s thriving International Opera School, but also hosts a variety of instrumental performances, including a chamber music series and concerts by the RCM Big Band. It benefits from an orchestra pit for 80 musicians, a Steinway grand piano, four dressing rooms, a seating capacity of 400, as well as its own bar and foyer.

Recital Hall

Our 100-seat Recital Hall provides an alternative performance space to the Amaryllis Fleming Concert Hall. Used for smaller events and less formal occasions, it features two Steinway grand pianos, a harpsichord, projector and dropdown screen.

A bassoonist takes a break from rehearsal in the Recital Hall

Parry Rooms

The Parry Rooms, which have unparalleled views of the Royal Albert Hall, are named after former Director of the RCM, Sir Hubert Parry.

The suite of three intimate spaces, nestled in the breathtaking eaves of the Blomfield Building, boast excellent acoustics, a grand piano, a harpsichord and an organ. The Parry rooms are frequently used for chamber music and solo recitals, lectures and masterclasses.

Teaching and practice facilities

Our extensive teaching and practice facilities are designed to offer all students an atmosphere conducive to developing their talents.

As well as practice rooms and space for one-to-one and group teaching, the RCM contains dedicated opera rehearsal spaces, 11 Amadeus Music Pods and organ rooms. We have over 140 pianos, including 60 grand pianos and 20 early keyboards, instrument storage with special facilities for harps and double basses, plus in-house instrument workshops.

The outstanding teaching, resources and opportunities we provide contributed to the RCM being awarded Gold in the 2017 Teaching Excellence Framework.

Technical facilities

Our ICT Service provides a broad range of essential technology services to aid and enhance life at the RCM, including Wi-Fi, up-to-date student computers, access to standard and specialist software (including Microsoft Office 365, Sibelius and Audacity), mobile printing plus a computerised self-service system for booking practice rooms.

Through their RCM login students can access online technology training, virtual learning resources and online assignment submission.

RCM Studios is a top commercial-grade facility, equipped with the latest audio, video and composition technologies, supporting the RCM’s recording needs and enabling live broadcast of performances around the world.

The studios also play an important role in supporting multimedia projects and high-quality video link ups with other musical institutions around the world. The Composition Suite and Production Suite provide facilities for film, TV and electroacoustic composition.

The RCM boasts specialist string and keyboard workshops, providing our technicians and luthiers with on-site facilities for restoring and maintaining RCM instruments.

In addition, the string workshop offers restoration and maintenance services for students’ instruments, a same-day bow rehair service and a string bank where students can try examples of most strings currently in use.

Academic facilities

The RCM Library contains more than 400,000 items of printed music, 9,000 CD recordings, extensive music literature, more than 400 music journals, plus an internationally renowned collection of original manuscripts (including examples from Mozart and Elgar) and early printed editions.

Through these resources the library provides vital support for teaching, research and performance at the RCM. The friendly and knowledgeable team of librarians also mount regular exhibitions and run seminars on how to make the most of the library. 

The RCM Museum holds more than 1,000 instruments dating from the late 15th century to the present day, some of which are the earliest known examples of their kind. The collection is a unique resource and many of the instruments can be studied or played by RCM students.

The public museum is currently closed for refurbishment, but its vital resources are still available to our students.