Amadeus Quartet Archive gifted to the RCM
Wednesday 1 March 2017
The Royal College of Music has been generously gifted a significant collection of archive materials from the Amadeus Quartet, one of the most celebrated string quartets of the 20th century.
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.
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.
2016 City Music Foundation Artists
Tuesday 25 October 2016
Pianist Joseph Houston and violist Richard Jones have been selected as 2016 City Music Foundation Artists following a rigorous and competitive audition process.
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.
New String Professors Join the RCM
Thursday 29 September 2016
The Royal College of Music is delighted to announce the appointment of cellists Raphael Wallfisch and Jakob Kullberg as professors in the RCM String Faculty.
New Harp Scholarship for 2017
Thursday 22 September 2016
The RCM is delighted to announce a new harp scholarship from The Ashley Family Foundation.
Maxim Vengerov Joins the Royal College of Music
Monday 5 September 2016
The Royal College of Music is delighted to announce the appointment of globally renowned violinist Maxim Vengerov as Polonsky Visiting Professor of Violin.
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.
Royal College of Music alumni named 2016 YCAT Artists
Friday 20 May 2016
Two recent Royal College of Music alumni have been named 2016 Artists by the Young Classical Artists Trust.
Mark Knopfler at the RCM
Friday 15 April 2016
The Royal College of Music was delighted to welcome legendary guitarist and songwriter Mark Knopfler for an exclusive masterclass for RCM students, staff and invited guests.
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.
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.
Success for Carolina
Monday 21 March 2016
RCM violinist Carolina Blaskovic has been awarded first prize at the American Protégé International Competition.
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.
Aleksandra Awarded YMFE Scholarship
Tuesday 8 March 2016
RCM violinist Aleksandra Li has been awarded a Yamaha Music Foundation of Europe Scholarship.
What Does Music Look Like? A Creative Experiment
Monday 7 March 2016
World-leading creative agency Landor unveils its unique algorithm for expressing the emotion and beauty of music visually in a special event with the Alke Quartet tonight.
ROSL Success for Emily Sun
Wednesday 17 February 2016
Royal College of Music violinist Emily Sun has triumphed in the Strings final of the 2016 Royal Over-Seas League Music Competition.
The Amati Magazine features the RCM Strings Faculty
Friday 27 November 2015
Life at the Royal College of Music’s Strings Faculty was the focus of a recent feature article by The Amati Magazine.
RCM students selected for the LSO String Experience Scheme
Wednesday 25 November 2015
Players from the RCM Strings Faculty take nine of 15 places on LSO’s prestigious training scheme.
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.
National Student Survey
Wednesday 12 August 2015
The Royal College of Music has achieved outstanding results in the 2015 National Student Survey.
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.
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!
Trio Apaches appointed RCM Piano Trio in Association
Thursday 26 March 2015
We are pleased to announce the appointment of Trio Apaches as Piano Trio in Association.
ROSL Ensembles Success
Friday 13 March 2015
Both Ensembles Prizes of this year’s Royal Over-Seas League Annual Music Competition have been won by RCM alumni.
The President’s Visit 2015
Thursday 12 March 2015
HRH The Prince of Wales honoured a number of outstanding figures in international musical life today at the Royal College of Music's Annual Awards ceremony.
Thursday 19 February 2015
RCM harpist Juliana Myslov has continued a winning streak by RCM musicians in the prestigious Royal Over-Seas League Music Competition by triumphing in the String section.
New Artist in Residence: Maxim Rysanov
Tuesday 3 February 2015
The Royal College of Music is delighted to announce the appointment of international violist Maxim Rysanov as Artist in Residence.
RCM premieres long-lost march
Wednesday 28 January 2015
The Royal College of Music Symphony Orchestra will give the first performance of a vivacious march by French composer Lili Boulanger at the Royal Festival Hall on 26 February.
The RCM at Buckingham Palace
Monday 26 January 2015
Musicians from the Royal College of Music and members of Opera Australia have given a special joint performance at Buckingham Palace hosted by His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales.
RCM Live: Spring 2015
Wednesday 14 January 2015
The Royal College of Music continues its ground-breaking series of live broadcasts this spring with a tranche of major events being streamed online.
New Season: Spring 2015
Wednesday 3 December 2014
We’re delighted to announce our new Spring Season of events.
Joo Yeon Sir wins Karl Jenkins Award
Tuesday 25 November 2014
Royal College of Music Constant & Kit Lambert Junior Fellow Joo Yeon Sir has won the The Arts Club Karl Jenkins Classical Music Award.
Success for the Marmen Quartet
Thursday 30 October 2014
The RCM’s Marmen Quartet has been announced on BBC Radio 3 as the first young string quartet to be selected for Music in the Round’s professional development scheme, Bridge.
Half a million YouTube views
Friday 24 October 2014
The Royal College of Music has received more than 500,000 video views on YouTube.
City of Light
Monday 13 October 2014
The RCM is delighted to be collaborating with the Philharmonia Orchestra for City of Light: Paris 1900–1950 - a major series exploring the music, culture, art and society in Paris between 1900 and 1950.
Sarah Connolly and Elizabeth Watts at the RCM
Friday 3 October 2014
We are delighted to announce that RCM alumnae soprano Elizabeth Watts and mezzo-soprano Sarah Connolly will be singing the two solo roles in our performance of Mahler’s Symphony no 2 on Thursday 23 October and Friday 24 October.
CMF and YCAT Artists
Tuesday 30 September 2014
Several talented RCM musicians have been selected to be artists with the City Music Foundation and Young Classical Artists Trust this year.
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.
Welcoming the Ruisi Quartet
Tuesday 2 September 2014
The RCM is delighted to announce that this September the Ruisi Quartet will become the first students on the RCM’s brand new Artist Diploma programme for Chamber 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.
Women in Music Festival
Wednesday 18 June 2014
On 1 and 2 July the RCM plays host to a very special festival celebrating female composers through the ages.
Success for the Manon Quartet
Thursday 15 May 2014
The RCM’s Manon Quartet has won the Cavatina Intercollegiate String Quartet Competition.
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.
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.
Success for Laura
Friday 4 April 2014
RCM guitarist Laura Snowden has won First Prize in the Worshipful Company of Musicians Ivor Mairants Guitar Competition 2014.
Success for Jamal
Thursday 27 March 2014
RCM cellist Jamal Aliyev has been awarded the Muriel Taylor Scholarship 2014.
New Opportunity for String Quartets
Thursday 13 March 2014
The Royal College of Music is launching a new Artist Diploma in Chamber Music from September 2014.
Harp Success in Holland
Monday 10 March 2014
Harpist Juliana Myslov, who will be joining the RCM in September, has triumphed at the Dutch Harp Competition 2014.
Woodhouse at 15
Thursday 6 March 2014
The Royal College of Music’s Woodhouse Centre for Professional Development is celebrating its 15th birthday this year with a unique series of events.
Wednesday 26 February 2014
The Sochi Winter Olympics may have come to an end, but here at the RCM we’re keeping the Russian spirit going with three celebrations of Russian music.
Singing a Song in a Foreign Land
Tuesday 18 February 2014
This February the RCM’s Singing a Song in a Foreign Land project comes to a climax with an exhibition, concert series and three-day symposium.
RAG Week 2014
Thursday 6 February 2014
The week of 10-14 February 2014 is RCM RAG Week 2013 - a full week of charitable events organised by the RCM Students’ Association.
Welcoming Nicola Benedetti
Monday 3 February 2014
On Tuesday 4 February star violinist Nicola Benedetti visits the RCM to lead a special masterclass with top RCM string players.
Thursday 23 January 2014
Violinist and former RCM professor Maria Lidka has died.
Live Broadcasts Spring 2014
Thursday 23 January 2014
Back by popular demand, the RCM’s ground-breaking series of live online broadcasts continues this spring.
Salomon Prize for Catherine Arlidge
Friday 17 January 2014
RCM alumna Catherine Arlidge has been awarded the prestigious RPS/ABO Salomon Prize for orchestral musicians.
Nicola Benedetti on Desert Island Discs
Monday 13 January 2014
RCM Spring Season star Nicola Benedetti has appeared on BBC Radio 4’s long-running programme Desert Island Discs.
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...
Britten at the RCM
Monday 18 November 2013
On 19 and 22 November the RCM is celebrating the centenary of RCM alumnus Benjamin Britten with a series of exciting concerts.
Wednesday 30 October 2013
RCM guitarists Jonatan Bougt and Laura Snowden have both enjoyed success in recent competitions.
Roger Best HonRCM 1936 - 2013
Monday 21 October 2013
We are sorry to report that Roger Best, professor at the RCM from the mid-seventies to the mid-nineties, has died.
London International Guitar Competition
Thursday 17 October 2013
RCM guitarist Laura Snowden has reached the semi-finals of the London International Guitar Competition.
Wednesday 9 October 2013
We’re delighted to announce that we are continuing to bring RCM events to a world-wide audience by broadcasting three Autumn Season events live online.
City Music Foundation Awards
Tuesday 1 October 2013
RCM violinist Mari Poll and folk group Tir Eolas have enjoyed success at the inaugural City Music Foundation Awards.
Lifetime Achievement Award for Julian Bream
Wednesday 18 September 2013
RCM alumnus Julian Bream CBE has been announced as the Lifetime Achievement award winner in the 2013 Gramophone Classical Music Awards.
New additions to the String Faculty
Monday 16 September 2013
The RCM String Faculty is delighted to welcome the following additions to its world class department at the start of the autumn 2013 term.
Wednesday 18 September 2013
RCM composers and performers are collaborating on an exciting new project culminating in a special lunchtime concert at St Martin-in-the-Fields.
Friday 13 September 2013
We’re delighted to announce that we’re now making RCM masterclasses available to a worldwide audience.
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
Chew Jun Ru: RCM Pioneer
Thursday 18 July 2013
A student from the RCM has made history by becoming the first RCM graduate in a traditional Chinese instrument in the institution’s 130-year history.
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.
Ida Haendel at the RCM
Wednesday 19 June 2013
On Wednesday 3 July the Royal College of Music is privileged to welcome violinist Ida Haendel to give an afternoon masterclass in our Britten Theatre.
La vie parisienne
Monday 17 June 2013
This June the RCM International Opera School is transporting audiences to Paris in our sparkling summer production of Offenbach’s La vie parisienne.
Ariana Kashefi awarded RPS Scholarship
Tuesday 4 June 2013
RCM cellist Ariana Kashefi has been awarded the 2013 Royal Philharmonic Society Julius Isserlis Scholarship.
Rising Stars at Cadogan Hall
Friday 31 May 2013
Once again this June RCM soloists and chamber groups are heading to London’s Cadogan Hall for a series of spectacular concerts.
Ellen Nisbeth wins Norwegian Soloist Prize
Thursday 30 May 2013
RCM violist Ellen Nisbeth has been awarded the Norwegian Soloist Prize 2013.
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.
RCM musicians made YCAT Artists
Tuesday 21 May 2013
RCM violinist Ben Baker and baritone Morgan Pearse have been announced as Young Classical Artists Trust (YCAT) Artists 2013.
Monday 20 May 2013
On Thursday 23 May comes one of the a highlights of the RCM’s year – a performance of Messiaen’s Turangalîla-Symphonie by the RCM Symphony Orchestra at the Royal Festival Hall...
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.
Ben Baker wins RPS Emily Anderson Prize
Wednesday 1 May 2013
RCM violinist Ben Baker has been awarded the Royal Philharmonic Society’s Emily Anderson Prize...
Britten Intercollegiate Competition
Thursday 25 April 2013
The Vasara Quartet has won joint first prize at the Britten Intercollegiate String Quartet Competition.
Super String Sunday
Wednesday 17 April 2013
On Sunday 21 April the RCM’s doors will once again be thrown open for our annual string celebration Super String Sunday, which this year tracks the progress of Mark Messenger's London Marathon run.
Wednesday 17 April 2013
We were sorry to hear of the death of RCM alumnus, former professor and RCM Fellow Stephen Dodgson, composer and champion of the classical guitar.
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.
RCM musicians perform for royalty in Qatar
Friday 15 March 2013
Musicians from the RCM have performed for royalty during a recent visit to Qatar.
Francoise-Green Piano Duo win ROSL Ensemble Prize
Friday 8 March 2013
RCM alumni the Françoise-Green Piano Duo have won the Ensemble Prize in the Royal Overseas League Music Competition.
Success for Michael in ROSL Competition
Monday 25 February 2013
RCM violinist Michael Foyle has continued a winning streak by RCM musicians in the prestigious Royal Over-Seas League Music Competition by triumphing in the String Section.
Lark Insurance Scholarship
Wednesday 30 January 2013
A new scholarship for RCM students has been established thanks to the generosity of Lark Insurance.
The Scalpel and the Bow
Monday 14 January 2013
Head of Performance Science Professor Aaron Williamon has featured on the popular BBC Radio 3 series Between the Ears.
Success for Yuki
Friday 16 November 2012
RCM cellist Yuki Ito has been named as a Second Prize winner at the highly prestigious Young Concert Artists International Auditions in New York.
Success for Wonhee Bae
Tuesday 23 October 2012
Recent RCM graduate Wonhee Bae has won the Ocean Classical Awards 2012.
Debut CD from Yuki Ito
Monday 22 October 2012
Cellist Yuki Ito, an RCM Masters student, has released his debut CD.
Apply now for International Auditions
Monday 1 October 2012
Apply now for auditions in South Korea and Japan - the deadline is fast approaching!
Success for Cavaleri Quartet
Monday 1 October 2012
The Cavaleri Quartet, founded at the RCM, has triumphed at the second ICMC International Chamber Music Competition in Hamburg.
Success for Yuki in Leipzig
Tuesday 11 September 2012
Congratulations to cellist Yuki Ito who has won the European Young Concert Artists Competition in Leipzig.
Paraorchestra closes Paralympics
Monday 10 September 2012
We are delighted to announce that three RCM alumni performed in the Closing Ceremony of the Paralympics on Sunday 9 September.
Aspen Music Festival Concerto Competition
Monday 10 September 2012
Violinist Hannah Tarley has won the Aspen Music Festival’s Concerto Competition 2012.
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.
Guitar Success in Liechtenstein
Wednesday 25 July 2012
Guitarists Laura Snowden and Tom Ellis have won First Prize in the Liechtenstein International Guitar Duo Competition.
Honorary Awards Announced
Thursday 19 July 2012
The RCM is pleased to announce a number of honorary awards on individuals who have made an exceptional contribution to life at the RCM and the wider musical community.
High Praise for Haitink at the RCM
Thursday 28 June 2012
Bernard Haitink’s two performances of Bruckner’s Symphony no 8 with the RCM Symphony Orchestra have been attracting rave reviews...
Success for Sujin!
Monday 18 June 2012
Sujin Park has won First Prize in the Jeunesses International Violin Competition in Bucharest.
Laura is Young Musician 2012
Monday 14 May 2012
RCM Junior Department student Laura van der Heijden has been crowned BBC Young Musician 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...
Mark Messenger - Marathon Man
Tuesday 24 April 2012
RCM Head of Strings Mark Messenger has run his seventh London Marathon, raising thousands of pounds for talented RCM students...
2012 Rod Williams Memorial Concert
Tuesday 3 April 2012
The RCM was pleased to welcome Nigel Woolner and Keith Pickering, representatives of the Mills Williams Foundation, to a concert on 16 March
The Spirit of Schubert
Monday 26 March 2012
Royal College of Music performers and researchers have been participating in “The Spirit of Schubert”, BBC Radio 3’s eight-day celebration of Franz Schubert...
The President's Visit 2012
Thursday 15 March 2012
On Wednesday 14 March, HRH The Prince of Wales visited the Royal College of Music, where in his role as President of the RCM, he presented special honours at the College’s annual awards ceremony...
Patrick Bashford HonRCM
Tuesday 6 March 2012
Patrick Bashford HonRCM, former professor of classical guitar at the Royal College of Music, has died at the age of 82.
RCM graduate becomes an internet sensation!
Tuesday 24 January 2012
A video of viola player Lukas Smit's reaction to a mobile phone has become an internet hit...
Mark Messenger's Musical Marathon
Thursday 19 January 2012
RCM Head of Strings Mark Messenger is running his seventh London Marathon in April this year, in aid of the RCM's students.
New Year's Honours
Friday 6 January 2012
We offer warm congratulations to the many musicians whose achievements have been recognised in the New Year’s Honours list.
RCM Orchestras Out and About
Monday 31 October 2011
This autumn, in addition to presenting our usual packed orchestral season here at the Royal College of Music, we are sending our orchestras out and about to perform at a number of venues across the south of England.
Friday 28 October 2011
In 2011, the RCM is once again collaborating with the Philharmonia Orchestra on a flagship series of events...
Brahms in the Home
Tuesday 11 October 2011
This November, a conference and concert series shed light on a vital but little-explored facet of 19th-century music-making...
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
Multiple triumphs for RCM performers
Wednesday 22 June 2011
RCM performers have almost swept the board at this year's Royal Over-Seas League Music Competition...
60th Birthday Celebrations
Monday 6 June 2011
Junior Department alumnus and renowned cellist Julian Lloyd Webber has been celebrating his 60th birthday this year with a series of special concerts.
Double String Success
Monday 6 June 2011
RCM performers have snapped up the top two prizes in the prestigious Windsor Festival International String Competition...