A new series, Bach Bites, offers an exciting menu of 30 minute rush hour concerts celebrating the RCM’s magnificent new Flentrop organ. In another first, RCM Sparks hosts a Family Concert, with presenter Fraser Trainer taking the audience on a spooky musical journey through Berlioz’s Symphonie fantastique. RCM Sparks, now in its 11th year, also presents its regular series of exciting workshops for budding musicians throughout the season.
Royal College of Music
Founded in 1882, the Royal College of Music (RCM) is a world leading music conservatoire with a prestigious history and contemporary outlook. Our 800 undergraduate and postgraduate students come from over 60 countries and are taught in a dynamic environment, leaving the RCM to become the outstanding performers, conductors and composers of the future.
For the third consecutive year in 2018, the RCM was ranked as the top conservatoire in the UK for the Performing Arts in the QS World University Rankings. It is also top in Europe and second in the world. In 2017, the RCM achieved an overall rating of gold for its outstanding teaching and learning provision for undergraduates in the first ever Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF). The RCM was the top UK conservatoire in the Complete University Guide’s Arts/Music Institution League Table 2017.
RCM professors are leaders in their fields and, under such expert guidance, RCM students regularly achieve remarkable success around the globe.
Among our alumni are composers and performers such as Sir Hubert Parry, Benjamin Britten, Gustav Holst, Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, Lord Lloyd Webber, Rebecca Clarke, Dame Joan Sutherland, Dame Sarah Connolly, Elizabeth Watts, Ralph Vaughan Williams, Mark-Anthony Turnage, and Sir Thomas Allen.
Regular visitors to the RCM include Maxim Vengerov (Polonsky Visiting Professor of Violin), Bernard Haitink, Sir Thomas Allen, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Alina Ibragimova and Lang Lang. Our most recent honorary doctorates include Vladimir Jurowski, Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, Sir Roger Norrington, Bryn Terfel and Steve Reich.