Leave a gift in your Will

Vasily Petrenko conducting an orchestra with an organ in the background.
The Royal College of Music (RCM) was founded to shape the future of music. Today, we are home to an extraordinary and diverse community: the world’s most promising composers and performers, alongside educators, scientists, technologists, philanthropists, historians, and music lovers from all occupations.

Since its establishment in 1882, the Royal College of Music has benefitted from the generosity of donors who have enabled its work to grow and flourish through gifts in Wills. Providing around a third of our philanthropic income each year, each bequest gift to the RCM has helped us to become what we now are: one of the world’s greatest conservatoires.

By choosing to leave a gift to the RCM in your Will, whatever the size, you will be playing a vital part in supporting the future of the music you love, for the enrichment of generations to come.

To find out everything you need to know about leaving a gift in your Will to the RCM, please download our Legacies Brochure or get in touch so that we can send you a physical copy.

Please contact our Development Manager for Legacies and Individual Giving so that we can discuss your wishes with you.

How you can make a difference

Every gift, makes a difference, helping to ensure that aspiring musicians – regardless of their financial means – can continue to benefit from the outstanding opportunities we offer, not just now, but for years to come.

What could a gift in my will support at the RCM?


  • Opportunities for scholarships, bursaries, and access to our Hardship Fund to support aspiring musicians.
  • Access to world-class professors and visiting artists from across the world.


  • Our Junior Department & RCM Sparks designed to nurture young musicians.
  • Community and outreach programmes, broadening music education and connections beyond the campus.  


  • State-of-the-art facilities, including cutting-edge named teaching and performance spaces.
  • Embracing the latest developments in research and music technology.

By investing in our programmes and facilities, we ensure that music helps shape the fast-changing world around us. By leaving a gift in your Will, you will be helping to secure the future of music.

Get in touch

We would be delighted to speak to you, whether you have an enquiry or would like to inform us of your intention to leave a gift to the RCM in your Will. Please contact our Development Manager for Legacies to confidentially discuss your wishes.

Natalie Matias

Development Manager (Legacies and Individual Giving)

+44 (0)20 7591 4761


Find out more about giving to the RCM

The Royal College of Music's investments strategy is set by the Finance & General Purposes Committee of RCM Council, on the recommendation of the Investment Committee, both of which comprise financial experts. The RCM pursues a Socially Responsible Investment Policy in order to protect and enhance the value of its investments by encouraging responsible corporate behaviour.

The RCM is signed up to the Fundraising Regulator’s Code of Fundraising Practice and is a signatory of its Fundraising Promise. For further details, please refer to our brochure. 

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