Strings News


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.

ROSL success

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.

Russian Extravaganza

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.

Maria Lidka

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.

Guitar Successes

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.

RCM Live!

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.

 

London Tales

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.

Masterclasses Online

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.

Turangalîla

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.

Stephen Dodgson

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.

Infernal Dance

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...

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