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Ten Reasons to Study at the Royal College of Music


1: Outstanding Performance Opportunities

Our musicians perform in fantastic venues across London and overseas. With more than 500 events each academic year, ranging from masterclasses and chamber concerts to orchestral concerts and operas, our musicians have the opportunity to work with world-leading conductors and directors, and our composers see their works brought to life by our brilliant performers. Many of our concerts are streamed live on our website.

Find out more about our performance opportunities.


2: Exceptional Professors

Our dedicated and experienced professors come from all over the world. They include respected international musicians at the forefront of their fields and many any are principal players with London’s major orchestras.

Find out more about our professors on our faculty pages.


3: Dedicated Careers Service

For more than 130 years our students have gone on to enjoy international careers. Our Creative Careers Centre offers advice, support and access to a range of job opportunities. You can use these services from day one of your course to develop an outstanding CV and wealth of experience to shape your future career.

Find out more about our Creative Careers Centre.


4: Inspiring Location

Studying in one of the world’s leading cultural capitals will open up an amazing array of opportunities to you and our location opposite the Royal Albert Hall is the envy of the world. Our students regularly perform at venues around the city and we enjoy partnerships with neighbouring organisations such as the Royal College of Art and Victoria and Albert Museum in South Kensington.

Find out more about our location and studying in London.


5: Professional Experience

The Royal College of Music offers advice, support and access to a range of job opportunities through our Creative Careers Centre. This offers countless opportunities to earn money, make industry contacts and perform at prestigious events across the UK and beyond. Agents, publishers and bookers regularly attend RCM events and for orchestral musicians we offer a number of ‘sit-in’ schemes with some of the major London orchestras.

Find out more about our Creative Careers Centre.


6: International Community

Half of our students come from outside the UK from over 60 different countries and our teaching staff come from all over the world. Our friendly and supportive atmosphere allows you to learn from and build contacts and friendships with musicians from around the globe.

You will benefit hugely from the fantastic range of opportunities that come with studying and living in one of Europe’s leading cultural capitals. London offers an eclectic mix of food, shopping and entertainment and the city regularly hosts leading international orchestras and musicians.


7: Unrivalled Facilities

Our fully professional Britten Theatre, magnificent Amaryllis Fleming Concert Hall, state-of-the-art recording facilities, library, studios and in-house luthier and piano technicians all provide excellent support for your studies. Our library covers a wealth of material including printed music and scores and our collection of over 1,500 items includes musical instruments, iconography and sculptures. We are constantly striving to improve our facilities to improve our students’ experience.

Find out more about our facilities.


8: Commitment to Digital Innovation

The RCM is at the forefront of digital innovation. With our cutting-edge facilities, technology and research, we’re helping you to create music’s future and every aspect of your learning here is designed to enable you to develop as an artist.


9: Bespoke Study

We devise and award our own degrees, meaning you can create a course to suit your individual professional aspirations. From the moment you join the RCM you are sure to receive an exceptional artistic and bespoke educational experience.

Find out more about our programmes.


10: World-leading Research

The RCM is renowned for its world-leading research. In the most recent Research Excellence Framework we were ranked the top London conservatoire for world-leading research (REF 2014). Our research informs our teaching and can help you to develop fully as an artist. Whether you are interested in studying with us at undergraduate or postgraduate level, from the first day of your course you will be mentored and supported by staff who are at the international cutting edge of research and innovation in their own disciplines.

Find out more about our research.

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