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                              WILL HELP
                              YOU BECOME
                              THE BEST
                              YOU CAN BE.
                              Heming Li, Master of Performance

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TOP 10                   01                                                            06
     REASONS TO               PERFORM AND PERFECT                                           BE INSPIRED BY OUR LOCATION

     STUDY AT THE             RCM students are invited to perform in venues across
                              London and further afield with world-leading conductors
                                                                                            Situated in the heart of London and standing proudly
                                                                                            opposite the Royal Albert Hall, the RCM’s location is the

                              and artists, and composers can hear their works brought       envy of the musical world.
                              to life by RCM musicians.

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                              LEARN WITH EXCEPTIONAL PROFESSORS                             ACCESS OUTSTANDING FACILITIES

                              Our dedicated and experienced professors are at the           From magnificent performance spaces to state-of-the-art
                              forefront of their fields, and many are principal players     accommodation, a brand-new museum and outstanding
                              with London’s major orchestras and ensembles.                 digital resources, our excellent facilities are at your disposal.
                                                                                            We are continually investing in our campus to transform and
                                                                                            expand our facilities for our students.

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                              PREPARE FOR YOUR FUTURE                                       GAIN PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

                              Follow in the footsteps of the world’s leading musicians –    Our Creative Careers Centre offers a wealth of opportunities
                              our students have gone on to enjoy successful international   to develop your skills, perform at prestigious events and take
                              careers for 140 years.                                        music into the wider community.

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                              EXPERIENCE DIGITAL INNOVATION                                 TAILOR YOUR STUDIES

                              Our virtual learning environment and innovative facilities    We are the only UK conservatoire to award our own
                              make the RCM a world leader in the use of digital             degrees right up to doctoral level, meaning you can
                              technologies, developing your technical skills to prepare     create a bespoke course to suit your aspirations.
                              you for a successful career.

                              JOIN OUR INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY
                                                                                            ENGAGE WITH WORLD-LEADING RESEARCH

                              The RCM is a truly global conservatoire. Our students         The RCM is renowned for its cutting-edge research,
                              and staff come from every corner of the world to create       which informs our teaching and can help you develop
                              a friendly, exciting and diverse hub of music-making,         fully as an artist.
                              allowing you to build contacts with musicians from
                              around the globe.

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                              LIFE AT THE RCM                  FACULTIES

                              08   Welcome to the RCM          42   Brass
                              10   Performance Opportunities   44   Composition
                              14   Learning & Development      46   Conducting
                              16   Prepare for Your Future     48   Historical Performance
                              18   RCM Graduates               50   Keyboard
                              22   Our Location                52   Percussion
                              24   Studying in London          54   Strings
                              26   Accommodation               56   Woodwind
                              28   Student Support             58   Vocal & Opera
                              29   RCM Students’ Union         60   RCM Opera Studio
                              30   Our Campus & Facilities     62   RCM Professors
                              36   Global Opportunities
                              38   Scholarships


                              PROGRAMMES                       HOW TO APPLY
                              OF STUDY

                              74   Undergraduate Programme     86   How to Get in Touch
                              76   Masters Programmes          87   Visit Us
                              80   Artist Diplomas             88   Applying & Auditions
                              82   Research Degrees            90   Fees & Funding


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WELCOME                                                                                                                            RANKED TOP
     TO THE RCM                                                                                                                         INSTITUTION FOR
                                                                                                                                        PERFORMING ARTS
     The Royal College of Music is ranked top institution
     for performing arts in the world (QS World University
                                                                                                                                        IN THE WORLD.
     Rankings by Subject 2022). The RCM community is                                                                                    QS World University Rankings by Subject 2022

     comprised of exceptionally talented students and staff
     from all around the globe who come together in an
     inspiring learning environment.

     The musical opportunities you will discover here are              Your career aspirations are important to us and we will give
     breathtaking. We hold hundreds of events each year across         you the guidance you need to feel confident in navigating
     our magnificent campus and at external venues. Two new            the professional landscape. In a recent Higher Education
     state-of-the-art performance spaces were completed at the         Statistics Agency survey (2021), of the RCM alumni who
     RCM in 2020, as well as new facilities for learning and           graduated in 2019, 86% of survey respondents had moved
     collaboration. Our rich digital learning environment has          into employment or further study 15 months after graduating.
     expanded the experience of our students, who can access
     greater communication with their professors and peers via         We are proud of our heritage as a conservatoire that has
     learn.rcm, our virtual learning platform.                         nurtured some of the most exceptional musical talent for 140
                                                                       years, but we also seek to push the boundaries of music
     Here at the RCM we support you as an artist. Our                  as leaders in digital innovation. We know that the global
     professors represent the best international talent and are        partnerships that enrich life at the RCM are integral to our
     committed to nurturing you through your studies. As an RCM        progress as an institution. Our students are the heart of what
     musician you will be encouraged to develop by exploring           we do and we are committed to supporting you as you
     the research behind music in practice, and will be well           embark on your journey at the College and beyond.
     placed to do so as our professorial staff are at the forefront
     of their fields and internationally recognised for their work.    Professor Colin Lawson, Director
                                                                       CBE, MA (Oxon), MA, PhD, DMus, FRCM, FRNCM,
     We are also dedicated to preparing you for life after             FLCM, HonRAM
     graduation. Our Creative Careers Centre gives you access
     to a wealth of job opportunities and can also offer training
     in the transferable skills and digital practices that will help
     you build a successful career – plus, you can access advice
     and support for up to five years after you graduate.

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PERFORMANCE                                                  We have several large ensembles in addition to our main     CHAMBER MUSIC

                                                                  orchestras, and composers can hear their works performed
                                                                                                                              You can perform solo and chamber works in our many
                                                                  by fellow musicians too. Solo opportunities are numerous,
                                                                                                                              chamber music and song series, and all students are able to
                                                                  with many concert slots available each week, and students
                                                                                                                              apply to take part in these lunchtime and rush-hour concerts.
                                                                  are actively encouraged and supported to form chamber
                                                                                                                              There are also opportunities to play at venues across
                                                                  groups to help broaden their repertoire further.
                                                                                                                              London and beyond, including Wigmore Hall, Cadogan
     Performance experience is at the heart of what we offer      RCM ENSEMBLES
                                                                                                                              Hall, Southbank Centre, the Royal Albert Hall’s Elgar Room,
                                                                                                                              Victoria and Albert Museum and local churches including
     students at the Royal College of Music. Your studies will    The RCM Symphony Orchestra is frequently joined in          St James’s Piccadilly and St Mary Abbots, Kensington.

     be filled with opportunities to take part in our events on   a variety of repertoire by some of the world’s greatest
                                                                                                                              Visiting ensembles, including the Harlem Quartet and
                                                                  conductors and artists, while the RCM Philharmonic’s
                                                                                                                              Sacconi Quartet, provide further opportunities to play
     campus and beyond, including masterclasses, solo and         Orchestral Masterworks series provides students regular
                                                                                                                              alongside professional performers.
                                                                  opportunities to play the core works of the orchestral
     chamber recitals to large orchestral concerts and fully      repertoires. Recent visiting artists include Sir Antonio
     staged operas.                                               Pappano, Martyn Brabbins, Vladimir Jurowski, Rafael         CONCERTOS AND COMPETITIONS
                                                                  Payare, Jac van Steen, Holly Mathieson, Jonathon            The RCM runs a regular concerto competition and
                                                                  Heyward, John Wilson and the late Bernard Haitink.          the winners receive showcase performances with our
                                                                                                                              ensembles. Composers are also able to win the chance
                                                                  Our other ensembles cover a wide range of genres:
                                                                                                                              to have their works rehearsed and premiered by a full
                                                                  contemporary music with RCM New Perspectives,
                                                                                                                              orchestra. In recent years pianist Victor Maslov played
                                                                  historical performance with the RCM Baroque Orchestra,
                                                                                                                              Rachmaninov’s Piano Concerto no 3 at the Queen Elizabeth
                                                                  electronic music, and jazz and swing with the RCM Swing
                                                                                                                              Hall with the RCM Symphony Orchestra; while at the RCM
                                                                  Band and RCM Jazz Orchestra. RCM conductors also
                                                                                                                              recent performances have included Alim Beisembayev
                                                                  have the opportunity to lead rehearsals and concerts with
                                                                                                                              playing Ravel’s Piano Concerto, conducted by Sir Antonio
                                                                  our ensembles throughout the year, and we have close
                                                                                                                              Pappano, and performances of Grøndahl’s Trombone
                                                                  relationships with all the major London orchestras, with
                                                                                                                              Concerto, Szymanowski’s Violin Concerto no 1, and
                                                                  many offering side-by-side opportunities.
                                                                                                                              Weber’s Bassoon Concerto.

                                                                  Image left
                                                                  Students perform Elizabeth Maconchy’s
                                                                  String Quartet no 5 for our online In Focus
                                                                  concert series

                                                                  Image right
                                                                  RCM composer and vocalist working with
                                                                  staff from the RCM Studios to record an
                                                                  event for the Great Exhibitionists series

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OPERA PRODUCTIONS                                              RCM composers and musicians have created music to
                                                                    accompany exhibitions at the Royal Academy of Arts,
     The Royal College of Music Opera Studio presents three
                                                                    the National Gallery and the Head On Festival, Sydney,
     fully staged opera performances each year, along with
                                                                    Australia. Our Great Exhibitionists series offers you the
     frequent opera scenes and special projects. Handel’s
                                                                    chance to devise your own experimental, multi-media events
     Rodelinda was produced and directed specifically for
                                                                    with full support and mentorship. Students can collaborate
     film and fully staged opera returned to College with a
                                                                    to create and present unique projects that redefine what
     production of Mozart’s The Magic Flute in autumn 2021.
                                                                    classical music means today.
     Some of the world’s most acclaimed directors, designers
     and choreographers join us for these productions, providing
     a professional experience within a supportive environment.     FESTIVAL ATMOSPHERE
     In addition, we present biennial fully staged productions of   Every year we stage festivals that provide a platform for
     mini-operas written by RCM student composers.                  individual faculties to showcase their talents. Our Keyboard
                                                                    Festival features a live-streamed marathon of performances,
     COLLABORATIONS                                                 while Super String Sunday explores sensational string
                                                                    music. Other festivals include the Historical Performance
     There are many collaborative projects at the RCM each year,
                                                                    Festival showcasing viols, recorders and the harpsichord, as
     both cross-faculty and with external institutions. Principal
                                                                    well as festivals celebrating individual instruments including
     players from the Chamber Orchestra of Europe visit to work
                                                                    the International Double Bass Festival, International Guitar
     and perform with students. In a groundbreaking project with
                                                                    Day, which has included performances by John Williams
     co-members of the Virtual Conservatoire in 2019, including
                                                                    and Xuefei Yang, Bassoon Day and more. We also host
     actors and dancers from the London Academy of Music and
                                                                    major composers in residence, with our most recent being
     Dramatic Art and the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School, we
                                                                    Mark-Anthony Turnage who featured in a series of concerts
     presented performances that linked performers in real time
                                                                    and classes.
     in Bristol and London in a unique rendition of the Orpheus
     myth. In 2019 students were involved in an exciting,           Our Festival of Percussion provides an opportunity to
     connected performance between the BBC Radio Theatre            hear and perform with the greats of the industry. Tommy
     in London and Edinburgh Napier University, as part of the      Igoe was our most recent special guest and we regularly
     World Service’s Digital Planet series.                         welcome percussionists from the BBC Symphony Orchestra,
                                                                    London Philharmonic Orchestra and Orchestra of the Royal
                                                                    Opera House.

                                                                    Our inaugural FestivALL took place in 2021 giving students the
                                                                    chance to celebrate and perform music by underrepresented
                                                                    composers. Much of the repertoire was chosen by students
                                                                    and included music by Eleanor Alberga, Louise Farrenc, Lucy
                                                                    Hale, Hannah Kendall and Errollyn Wallen.

     I was recently the soprano soloist for the
     Brahms’ Requiem with the RCM Symphony                                                          Image right
                                                                                                    Thomas Zehetmair conducts the RCM
     Orchestra and Chorus, under the baton of                                                       Symphony Orchestra and Chorus

     Maestro Thomas Zehetmair. We performed
     in the beautiful Amaryllis Fleming Concert
     Hall with two sold out performances.
     Henna Mun, Master of Performance                                                     

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LEARNING &                                                    TEACHING AT THE RCM                                               RESOURCES AND FACILITIES

     DEVELOPMENT                                                   We offer an individualised approach, selecting the most
                                                                   suitable projects and performance opportunities for each
                                                                   student’s needs. Flexible programmes allow you to shape
                                                                                                                                     The RCM is a vibrant place for learning and research, rich
                                                                                                                                     in both practical and intellectual resources. Outstanding
                                                                                                                                     collections of priceless musical instruments, famous
                                                                   your studies according to your strengths, interests and           composers’ manuscripts and thousands of paintings and
                                                                   aspirations. Your learning will combine intensive one-to-one      historical documents form the basis for a sweeping range
     Our priority is supporting you to reach your full potential   tuition with faculty group classes, rehearsals, performances,     of research into music in practice. The new Royal College
                                                                   seminars, tutorials, supervision and practical workshops.         of Music Museum and the RCM Library offer exceptional
     as a musician, ensuring you have the resources you need       We also offer a range of unique online experiences                resources both on campus and for remote learning.
                                                                   including international online masterclasses and Global
     to succeed in a healthy, fulfilling and sustainable career.   Conservatoire courses, delivered in collaboration with our        These resources are complemented by facilities for audio
                                                                                                                                     and video recording, super-fast video conferencing,
     Our students work in a dynamic environment that reflects      international partners.
                                                                                                                                     technology-enhanced composition and our magnificent
     the breadth and vitality of the music profession.             LEARNING THROUGH RESEARCH
                                                                                                                                     performance spaces. The Centre for Performance Science,
                                                                                                                                     a collaboration with Imperial College London, offers
     Dr Diana Salazar, Director of Programmes                      At the RCM you will be part of a thriving research culture that   world-class research opportunities and expertise and the
                                                                   promotes artistic innovation, exploration and self-reflection,    new Wolfson Centre in Music & Material Culture provides
                                                                   with mentorship and support from professors and staff who         access to RCM collections for the purpose of research by
                                                                   are at the cutting edge of innovation in their own disciplines.   RCM professors, students and external researchers.
                                                                   Whether exploring technical challenges in your one-to-one
                                                                   lessons, experimenting in the practice room, discovering          COMMUNITY AND BELONGING
                                                                   digital music-making, innovating in performance science
                                                                   and education, rehearsing for your next performance or            As a student you will become part of a supportive musical
                                                                   finding new repertoire in the magnificent RCM Library,            community where you will learn from world-leading experts
                                                                   research is a vital part of your learning.                        and collaborate with visiting professors, RCM staff and
                                                                                                                                     your peers.

                                                                                                                                     The College is committed to providing an inclusive learning
                                                                                                                                     environment where each and every student feels a sense of
                                                                                                                                     belonging. With this in mind, we are working in partnership
                                                                                                                                     with students to enhance our curriculum, artistic programme
                                                                                                                                     and visiting artists to reflect the diversity of today’s music
                                                                                                                                     profession and our wider society. Our goal is to provide
                                                                                                                                     the right tuition, resources and environment for you to thrive
                                                                                                                                     during your studies and as you start your career.

                                                                   The opportunities to perform with
                                                                   students from all around the world in
                                                                   different contexts has taught me so
                                                                   much. I have learnt how to take initiative
                                                                   to make the most of my time here.

                                                                   Apolline Khou, Master of Performance

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PREPARE FOR                                                                               MAKE INDUSTRY CONTACTS                                            We advise you to use these services from day one of

                                                                                                                                                                 your course to develop your knowledge and skills, to
                                                                                               London is the centre of the UK’s classical music industry,
                                                                                                                                                                 complement an outstanding CV and wealth of experience
                                                                                               and the RCM is at the heart of an extraordinary professional
                                                                                                                                                                 that will help shape your future career. The Creative Careers
                                                                                               network. You will find that there are lots of opportunities to
                                                                                                                                                                 Centre provides advice and services to RCM alumni for five
                                                                                               make professional contacts in the industry.
                                                                                                                                                                 years after graduation.

     The Royal College of Music will help you to prepare for                                   RCM ACCELERATE
                                                                                                                                                                 BUSINESS MODULES
     a successful future in the profession of your choice: your                                RCM Accelerate supports graduating students to launch a
                                                                                                                                                                 There are modules available in our undergraduate and
                                                                                               new creative project, social enterprise, or business idea.
     studies here will pave the way for a diverse array of                                     The scheme, which started in 2021, aims to promote
                                                                                                                                                                 postgraduate programmes that help you to devise and
                                                                                                                                                                 implement projects within professional settings. You can
     career paths. We have a fantastic careers service and our                                 proactivity, creativity and entrepreneurship.
                                                                                                                                                                 learn how to strategically develop creative ideas and
                                                                                                                                                                 marketing materials, and gain essential entrepreneurial,
     staff and professors can provide you with expert guidance.                                PARTNERSHIPS AND SIT-IN SCHEMES                                   business and networking skills.
                                                                                               Orchestral musicians can benefit from sit-in schemes with
                                                                                               major London orchestras, including the BBC Symphony,
     86% of survey respondents in                                                              English National Opera, Royal Philharmonic, London                EDUCATION EXPERIENCE
                                                                                               Symphony and Philharmonia orchestras. Composers can
     employment or further study                                                                                                                                 Our learning and participation programme, RCM Sparks,
                                                                                               participate in innovative collaborative projects and hear
     15 months after graduating.                                                               their works performed in some of London’s most prestigious        provides exciting opportunities to:
                                                                  Image below
                                                                  RCM musicians working with   venues. These schemes offer selected students the chance
     Higher Education Statistics Agency Survey (2021)
                                                                                                                                                                 •   Take part in specially tailored music education training.
                                                                  world-renowned conductor     to sit in on professional rehearsals and gain invaluable
                                                                  Thomas Zehetmair             experience in professional environments.                          •   Work as a mentor or assistant in a range of educational
                                                                                                                                                                     settings, such as our local Music Hub, children’s
                                                                                               DEVELOP YOUR CAREER                                                   centres, schools, charities and renowned arts or
                                                                                                                                                                     heritage organisations.
                                                                                               The RCM is a world-leader in career development for
                                                                                               musicians and is home to the RCM Creative Careers                 •   Experience working with a wide range of ages including
                                                                                               Centre. We emphasise the need for students to be confident            babies, children, families and adults.
                                                                                               and versatile communicators, not just in their professional
                                                                                               engagements, but in everything they do. Our dedicated             •   Harness the expertise of a wide range of inspiring
                                                                                               team will help you to develop professionally by advising              professionals such as renowned workshop leaders
                                                                                               and guiding you through a range of opportunities that                 and composers.
                                                                                               mirror the professional world, encouraging you to use
                                                                                                                                                                 •   Experiment and learn with the support of the experienced
                                                                                               your initiative and ensuring that you make the most of the
                                                                                                                                                                     RCM Sparks team.
                                                                                               opportunities available to you.
                                                                                                                                                                 •   Make useful contacts in the education sector to pave the
                                                                                               THE CREATIVE CAREERS CENTRE OFFERS:                                   way for future employment opportunities.

                                                                                               •   Extensive professional opportunities in and around            •   Share ideas and passions with other musicians and the
                                                                                                   London, and beyond.                                               wider community.

                                                                                               •   Tailored one-to-one career sessions with members of the
                                                                                                   team and industry specialists.                                MUSIC LEADERSHIP MODULES

                                                                                                                                                                 There are modules available in our undergraduate and
                                                                                               •   Resources, lectures and seminars on how to build
                                                                                                                                                                 postgraduate programmes which help you grow as a music
                                                                                                   a successful career.
                                                                                                                                                                 leader. You will learn about music education in a variety
                                                                                               •   Guidance on self-management and self-employment,              of settings as well as developing skills in planning creative
                                                                                                   including finance.                                            workshops and projects.

                                                                                               •   Careers workshops and special events.

                                                                                               •   Popular weekly opportunities e-bulletins.

                                                                                               •   The RCM Teaching Services, matching members of the
                                                                                                   public in London and across the globe with student-tutors —
                                                                                                                                                                                                    FIND OUT MORE
                                                                                                   whose qualifications and visa-status enable them to teach.                             

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RCM                                                                                                MATT GLENDENING

                                                                                                        BMus(Hons), 2020
                                                                                                        Clarinetist, Orchestra of the Royal Opera House

                                                                                                        Being close to so many other aspiring musicians while
                                                                                                        studying at the RCM and having many world-class concerts
                                                                                                        on my doorstep was key to my development as a musician.
     For 140 years we have welcomed, trained and nurtured                                               I tend to learn the most from hearing other players and the
     the musicians of the future. Our extraordinary graduates                                           RCM gave me many opportunities for this. Since graduating
                                                                                                        I have enjoyed a varied career including solo and ensemble
     are leading successful careers throughout the world in a                                           performances. In September 2021 I was appointed Principal
                                                                                                        Clarinet with the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House.
     wide range of professions.


     Sir Thomas Allen baritone              ArtDip, 2018
     Sophie Bevan soprano                   Violist with the Marmen Quartet and London Mozart
     Benjamin Britten composer              Players and assistant viola professor at the RCM
     Natalie Clein cellist                  I’m extremely grateful to the RCM. There are so many
     Samuel Coleridge-Taylor composer       encounters that I had at the College that have led to
     Dame Sarah Connolly mezzo soprano      opportunities that I would have otherwise not had access
     Sir Colin Davis conductor              to. The RCM really helped me to forge my identity as a
     Amy Dickson saxophonist                musician and I will always be proud to be a graduate.
     Barry Douglas pianist                  I now balance my three passions within music: playing in
     Gerald Finley baritone                 the Marmen Quartet, playing in the London Mozart Players,
                                            and teaching at the RCM.
     Sir James Galway flautist
     Gustav Holst composer
     Alina Ibragimova violinist
     Jonathan Lemalu bass baritone                                                                      GABRIELLA TEYCHENNÉ
     John Lill pianist                                                                                  MMus, 2017
     Howard Shelley pianist and conductor                                                               Conductor
     Dame Joan Sutherland soprano
                                                                                                        The RCM provides students with a good foundation
     Thomas Trotter organist
                                                                                                        enabling them to continue to develop and flourish in their
     Mark-Anthony Turnage composer
                                                                                                        musical path. Since graduating from the RCM I have worked
     Vasko Vassilev violinist
                                                                                                        as assistant conductor to Vladimir Jurowski and to Edward
     Jane Watts organist                                                                                Gardner with the London Philharmonic Orchestra on a wide
     Julian Lloyd Webber cellist                                                                        range of symphonic, contemporary and operatic projects
     Dame Gillian Weir organist                                                                         in London, Glyndebourne and on tour in Japan. In the
     John Williams guitarist                                                                            2021–2022 season I am looking forward to working with
     Ralph Vaughan Williams composer                                                                    ensembles such as Contrechamps, Orchestre de Chambre
                                                                                                        de Genève, and the BBC Singers, and performing with the
                                                                                                        Philharmonia Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra,
                                                                                                        BBC Symphony Orchestra, Birmingham Contemporary
                                                                                                        Music Group, Oulu Symphony Orchestra and Kuopio
                                                                                                        Symphony Orchestra.

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PABLO URBINA                                                  CLAIRE JONES                                                   NICOLÒ FORON                                                  TAMAKI SUGIMOTO

     MMus, 2014                                                    BMus(Hons), 2007                                               MMus, 2021                                                    MPerf and ArtDip, 2021
     Principal Conductor of Orchestra Vitae in London              Solo artist and former Official Harpist to His Royal           Principal Assistant Conductor of Ensemble                     Freelance cellist with a number of orchestras and English
                                                                   Highness The Prince of Wales                                   intercontemporain in Paris                                    National Opera Orchesta Fellow for 2021–22
     Despite being a principal study horn player I was very
     determined to pursue conducting. The RCM was very             It was a real privilege to have had the opportunity to study   The knowledge that I gained studying at the RCM made          The support and understanding I received at the RCM
     supportive of my pursuits and I was able to transition into   at the RCM. It has the whole package, amazing mentors,         me into a well-rounded and well-informed musician. I am       really helped me develop as a musician. Since graduating
     conducting whilst studying at the RCM. I co-founded the       a friendly and supportive environment, stunning facilities     very thankful for their continued support. Since graduating   I have taken part in young artist schemes with ensembles
     Students’ Union Film Orchestra which continues today and      and above all fantastic experiences to offer its students.     from the RCM I have had a range of professional               such as London Philharmonic Orchestra and London
     I am now the Principal Conductor of Orchestra Vitae in        The Creative Careers Centre helped me develop important        conducting engagements working with ensembles such            Symphony Orchestra. I am now a freelance cellist and work
     London, and until recently was the Assistant Conductor of     professional skills such as networking, business and           as Saint Petersburg Philharmonic, Transylvania State          with a range of orchestras including London Philharmonic
     the Balearic Symphony Orchestra in Spain.                     communication skills, learning how to market yourself and      Philharmonic and the Brasov Philharmonic Orchestras. I        Orchestra, London Sinfonietta and the Hallé!
                                                                   being an entrepreneur. I am now one of the UK’s best-selling   was recently appointed Principal Assistant Conductor of
                                                                   classical harpists and former Official Harpist to His Royal    Ensemble intercontemporain in Paris and have recently
                                                                   Highness The Prince of Wales.                                  released my first CD.

                                                                   SHIRY RASHKOVSKY                                                                                                             VICTOR MASLOV

                                                                   MMus and ArtDip, 2013                                                                                                        BMus(Hons), MPerf and ArtDip, 2021
                                                                   Artistic Director of the Up Close and Musical festival                                                                       Piano soloist
                                                                   and violist
                                                                                                                                                                                                While at the RCM I had extensive performance
                                                                   I arrived at the RCM ready to focus my entire energy on                                                                      opportunities including performing with College
                                                                   performance and loved the mix of professional intensity                                                                      orchestras, participating in masterclasses with some of
                                                                   and how down to earth everyone was. I can’t stress enough                                                                    the world’s best musicians and playing on BBC Radio
                                                                   how invigorating the environment is. My faculty really                                                                       3’s In Tune. I was given the opportunity to perform
                                                                   understood my motivation and ambitions and offered me                                                                        Rachmaninov 3 with the RCM Symphony Orchestra
                                                                   performance opportunities accordingly, including stage                                                                       in the Queen Elizabeth Hall at Southbank Centre. It
                                                                   time as a soloist and chamber musician. I now balance my                                                                     was an unforgettable experience and a huge honour.
                                                                   time between being the Artistic Director of Up Close and                                                                     The experience I gained at the RCM has led to my
                                                                   Musical, a boundary-defying annual festival in London                                                                        recent success in one of the world’s biggest piano
                                                                   focusing on artists’ individual narratives as a way of                                                                       competitions, Classic Piano International Competition.
                                                                   demystifying classical music, and a varied performance
                                                                   career a soloist and ensemble musician.

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OUR                                                                                                                          The RCM sits within the heart of Exhibition Road Cultural      WORLD-LEADING MUSEUMS

                                                                                                                                     Quarter, London’s premier hub of cultural activity. The
                                                                                                                                                                                                    We enjoy close relationships with three of the UK’s biggest
                                                                                                                                     College is just a ten-minute walk from South Kensington tube
                                                                                                                                                                                                    museums, the Natural History Museum, Science Museum
                                                                                                                                     station with several bus routes passing close by, making it
                                                                                                                                                                                                    and Victoria and Albert Museum, which offer inspiration
                                                                                                                                     easy to explore all of London. The RCM’s location means
                                                                                                                                                                                                    and performance opportunities.
                                                                                                                                     you can also easily reach some of the city’s most exciting
                                                                                                                                     attractions on foot, such as:
         The Royal College of Music’s location is the envy of                                                                                                                                       ROYAL COLLEGE OF ART

         the musical world. We are situated directly opposite                                                                        IMPERIAL COLLEGE LONDON                                        Students can take advantage of amazing collaborations
                                                                                                                                                                                                    and performance opportunities with our artistic neighbours.
         the Royal Albert Hall in one of London’s most attractive                                                                    Our close association with neighbouring Imperial College
                                                                                                                                     means you can be part of one of the largest and most active
         and vibrant areas – South Kensington.                                                                                       student bodies in the capital.                                 CULTURAL INSTITUTIONS

                                                                                                                                                                                                    You will be able to explore a diverse range of cultural
                                                                                                                                     ROYAL ALBERT HALL                                              programmes with nearby institutions, including the
                                                                                                                                                                                                    Goethe-Institut, Austrian Cultural Forum, Institut français
                                                                                                                                     This world-famous venue is the home of the BBC Proms and
                                                                                                                                                                                                    and Ismaili Centre.
                                                                                                                                     also hosts major concerts and film premieres.
                                                                                                                                                                                                    There are also great places to eat and socialise with friends.
                                                                                                                                     HYDE PARK                                                      For more details visit

                                                                                                                                     Generations of RCM students have enjoyed the quiet of this
                                                                                                                                     renowned park, which is one of the most attractive green                                                 FIND OUT MORE
                                                                                                                                     spaces in London.                                                                              

                                                 Regent’s Park

                                         Wigmore Hall
                                                           Oxford Street

                                                                                     Royal Opera House

                                                                 Leicester Square

                             Hyde Park
                                                                            Trafalgar Square
                                                                                           Royal Festival Hall Shakespeare’s Globe
Kensington Palace
                                   Royal Albert Hall

               Royal College of Music                                                     London Eye
                                                             Buckingham Palace

                                                                           Houses of Parliament

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STUDYING                               London is a wonderful city,
                                            especially for musicians. There        The RCM has links with many of the major venues across

                                                                                   the city, including the Royal Festival Hall, the Royal
                                            is a rich musical culture to           Albert Hall’s Elgar Room, Kings Place, Queen Elizabeth
                                            be explored here. The RCM’s            Hall, St Martin-in-the-Fields and St James’s Piccadilly.
                                            location, opposite the Royal           Students also have the opportunity to play at churches,
                                                                                   museums and galleries, such as the Royal Academy of
                                            Albert Hall and next to Hyde           Arts, Victoria and Albert Museum and Science Museum.
     London needs no introduction.          Park, is amazing.
                                                                                   In addition to hosting the finest international musicians
     Studying at the Royal College of       Daniel Xia, Bachelor of Music (Hons)   and orchestras, London offers world-class theatre,
                                                                                   dance, film and television. It has world-famous green
     Music, in one of the world’s leading                                          spaces and a host of museums and art galleries, many of
     cultural capitals, offers an amazing                                          which are free to visit. As a student you will be entitled to
                                                                                   discounted tickets and travel, so you can really make the
     array of opportunities.                                                       most of your time in the capital.

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ACCOMMODATION                                            FACILITIES

                                                              Prince Consort Village is specially designed for RCM

                                                                                                                          Located in leafy south-west London, Prince Consort Village
                                                              students, with acoustically treated bedrooms allowing you   is within easy travelling distance of the RCM; you can cycle
                                                              to practise at home. Amenities include: 23 dedicated        or get the London Underground from Ravenscourt Park to
     The Royal College of Music’s hall of residence, Prince   practice rooms available 24/7, a film room, open mic        South Kensington, and there are regular buses too.
                                                              space, high-speed Wi-Fi, laundry, reception, gym, bicycle
     Consort Village, provides high-quality accommodation     storage and indoor and outdoor communal spaces.             This ideal location offers both the greenery of nearby
                                                                                                                          Ravenscourt Park as well as the convenience of the many
     for more than 400 students. Situated on Goldhawk         The accommodation is staffed 24 hours a day, and the        local shops, cafés and amenities.
     Road in London, Prince Consort Village has studio        in-house team and residence manager are dedicated to
                                                                                                                          Westfield London, Shepherd’s Bush is also within easy
                                                              the pastoral care and wellbeing of residents.
     apartments, en-suite rooms and standard rooms.                                                                       reach of Prince Consort Village and is home to leading fashion,
                                                                                                                          home and lifestyle brands, as well as cinemas and
                                                                                                                          a fantastic selection of eateries. A short bus ride away is
                                                                                                                          Notting Hill – famous for the Notting Hill Carnival and
                                                                                                                          Portobello Road Market. This part of London is arty and
                                                                                                                          dynamic, with plenty of places to eat, shop and see live music.

                                                              Living in PCV in first year is probably
                                                              one of the best ways to get to know
                                                              other College students. The facilities are                                                   WATCH
                                                              great, and it’s really comforting to know
                                                              you can always practise there!
                                                                                                                                                           FIND OUT MORE
                                                              Louisa Kataria, Bachelor of Music (Hons)                                           

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STUDENT                                                                                                                        RCM STUDENTS’
     SUPPORT                                                                                                                        UNION
     The Royal College of Music provides easy access to                                                                             Living and studying in London offers an incredible
     a whole range of services to support you during your                                                                           cultural experience for any aspiring musician. The RCM
     time here, from financial advice to counselling and                                                                            Students’ Union (SU) will represent and support you as
     health and wellbeing.                                                                                                          you discover all the opportunities the Royal College of
                                                                                                                                    Music has to offer.

     The College takes pride in being an inclusive place to study    HEALTH AND WELLBEING                                           The SU is a lively student body that includes every student          The SU is home to a diverse range of student-run societies,
     and we support equality and diversity within our community.                                                                    enrolled at the RCM and advocates for the student voice              which includes Chess Club, Christian Union, DASH
                                                                     The RCM Counselling service offers confidential counselling
     We promote a range of teaching, activities and resources                                                                       at all levels. The SU also provides regular feedback to the          (Disability, Access and Student Health), Film Scoring
                                                                     to students, and we are also partnered with Togetherall,
     to support student health and wellbeing during their studies.                                                                  College on every aspect of student life, from courses to             Society, Football Society, Jazz Society, New Music Society
                                                                     which runs a 24/7 online service providing advice and
     Students can get advice on assessments, administrative                                                                         facilities, ensuring your time here is as fulfilling as it can be.   and QRCM (LGBTQ+ society). It encourages student-led
                                                                     support for those dealing with depression, anxiety and other
     matters and performance opportunities and speak to their                                                                                                                                            musical projects, including the Students’ Union Orchestra,
                                                                     mental health issues. The Imperial College Health Centre       Mental and physical wellbeing is a priority to the SU, which
     faculty administrator in person on campus and virtually.                                                                                                                                            Big Band and Brass Band. The SU also has links with other
                                                                     provides primary care medical services and also has their      works closely with Student Services to ensure the correct            institutions, including Imperial College London, which
     There is also a strong tradition of Alexander Technique at      own counselling service.                                       support is there for every student throughout their studies.         provides access to more than 380 clubs and societies.
     the RCM, which is popular with many students. Find out
                                                                     The Imperial College Chaplaincy Centre welcomes all            The SU area is one of the social hubs of the RCM. With a bar
     more at                                                                                                                                                            Highlights of the SU social event calendar include
                                                                     RCM students, and provides a place of resource, help,          and pool table, it is ideal for socialising with friends, getting    Freshers’ Week, Green Week, Health and Wellbeing
                                                                     advice and information relating to faith and spirituality.     to know other students and joining in SU events. The SU
     STUDENT SERVICES                                                                                                                                                                                    Week and the Summer Ball.
                                                                                                                                    also offers online events and support, allowing you to keep
     Our experienced and supportive Student Services Team            INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS                                         connected with your student community wherever you are.
     offers a confidential and impartial advice service to all
                                                                     We proudly welcome international students from all over the
     students, in person and online, dealing with a range of
                                                                     world and understand that moving to a new country can be
     issues including financial concerns, private accommodation,
                                                                     a big step. Our Registry and Student Services staff provide
     musicians’ injuries, personal matters and more. They also
                                                                     advice and support for international students across a
     provide a range of print and online resources on a wide
                                                                     range of practical subjects including visas and immigration,
     variety of topics.
                                                                     opening bank accounts, accommodation, financial advice
                                                                     or just finding out how to make the most of your time here.

     We welcome and encourage the participation of students
     with disabilities in all aspects of life at the RCM, and we
     have particular experience in supporting students with
     dyslexia and visual impairment. To find out more visit

     There are many reasons why the RCM is the
     place to study; the high-calibre performance and
     learning opportunities, supportive staff, and the                                                STUDENT SERVICES

     professional yet welcoming atmosphere.                                                           FOR A CONFIDENTIAL
                                                                                                                                                                                                            FIND OUT MORE
     Ondřej Soukup, Master of Music in Performance                                                    020 7591 4316                                                                                                                  

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OUR CAMPUS                                                                                          Image right
                                                                                                                                            The RCM offers a range of practice,
                                                                                                                                            performance and rehearsal spaces, each

                                                                                                         Jac van Steen rehearses with the
                                                                                                         RCM Symphony Orchestra in the
                                                                                                         Amaryllis Fleming Concert Hall
                                                                                                                                            with different acoustics. This provides the
                                                                                                                                            opportunity to learn and gain confidence
                                                                                                                                            in different venues.

     The Royal College of Music’s resources are                                                                                             Lucie Curé, Master of Music in Performance

     internationally renowned, and we are continually
     investing in our facilities to enhance and support
     your learning throughout your time here.

     Our campus is located in South Kensington, a key cultural           In addition, we have a number of more intimate venues
     quarter of central London. Our main building, the Blomfield         perfect for chamber and solo performances, including
     Building, sits on Prince Consort Road opposite the Royal            the new Performance Studio, the Parry Rooms – which
     Albert Hall. It is home to performance spaces, classrooms,          overlook the Royal Albert Hall – and the Recital Hall. Our
     rehearsal and practice facilities, the RCM Studios and              performance spaces are used for rehearsals, masterclasses,
     RCM Library. In 2020 we opened new state-of-the-art                 concerts, recordings, community workshops, exhibitions and
     facilities for students, staff and visitors to enjoy for years to   collaborative music-making of all kinds.
     come. These include our Performance Hall, Performance
     Studio and new social spaces. In 2021 we opened our                 TEACHING AND PRACTICE
     new Royal College of Music Museum.
                                                                         The RCM has a number of sound-proofed Amadeus music
     The adjoining South Building houses a performance                   pods for private practice, and our new Blüthner Practice
     space, practice facilities, the percussion suite and the RCM        Suite holds ten Blüthner Model A upright pianos. We also
     Students’ Union.                                                    have dressing rooms for opera productions, instrument
                                                                         surgeries including luthier services and resident piano
     RCM Jay Mews provides two large orchestra and opera                 technicians, instrument storage, and dual-purpose practice
     rehearsal spaces and further practice rooms and is located          and teaching spaces with audio visual equipment. Students
     next to the Royal Albert Hall, metres away from our iconic          have access to our purpose-built percussion suite, and our
     Blomfield Building.                                                 magnificent Flentrop Orgelbouw organ in the Amaryllis
                                                                         Fleming Concert Hall.

     We have three major performance spaces. The Amaryllis               RCM STUDIOS
     Fleming Concert Hall is the primary rehearsal and concert           Our audio, video and composition technology facilities
     venue for RCM orchestras and large ensembles.                       enable performers and composers to work in professional
                                                                         studio conditions. The RCM’s studio facilities are used on a
     Our Britten Theatre is one of London’s best-loved opera
                                                                         range of technology-based courses and modules and the
     stages – with an orchestra pit and elegant tiered auditorium,
                                                                         video production suite allows for broadcasts and recordings
     it not only hosts our regular opera productions but also
                                                                         of RCM concerts. Any student can book the studio, with a
     a variety of instrumental and ensemble performances.
                                                                         professional engineer, for a small fee to make recordings
     The new Performance Hall offers an alternative space                and videos for audition submissions, self-promotion and
     for chamber ensemble performances and orchestral                    other purposes. Our composition and production suites
     rehearsals, and boasts a retractable stage, comprehensive           feature high-spec workstations for tuition and individual
     technical infrastructure, variable acoustics and is home            project work with a wide range of professional software
     to a new Fazioli grand piano, providing versatility                 such as Pro Tools, Logic, Cubase and extensive orchestral
     for the range of events staged by the College.                      sample libraries.

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TECHNOLOGY SERVICES                                              DIGITAL SUPPORT

                              Our highly skilled technology team provides a range of IT        Our digital resources can be accessed from any online
                              support services and is constantly improving and developing      device, anywhere in the world. Your studies will be
                              the technology available to support your studies. We provide     supported by learn.rcm, the RCM’s virtual learning
                              a drop-in and online helpdesk, Wi-Fi, USB-charging points        environment: through it you can find your course,
                              throughout the RCM, Office 365 licences for all members          faculty and assessment information, submit your written
                              of the College, access to computers in our buildings, large      assignments, upload and share audio and video
                              format colour printers and specialist music software including   recordings, and collaborate with RCM students and staff.
                              Sibelius, Noteflight and Audacity. In addition, we have
                              hardware and software for visually impaired users.               We also host collaborative masterclasses, lectures and
                                                                                               performances with partners around the world using
                                                                                               high-quality video conferencing and lecture capture
                                                                                               platforms, including Microsoft Teams and Panopto, which
                                                                                               are also used to support day-to-day learning and teaching.
                              Image left
                              Trumpet class in the Performance Hall                            We have recently partnered with Manhattan School
                                                                                               of Music (MSM), the Royal Danish Academy of Music
                                                                                               (RDAM), and the University of Music and Performing
                                                                                               Arts Vienna (MDW) to launch the Global Conservatoire.
                              Images below                                                     This innovative scheme will allow you to gain new
                              RCM professors leading a Global
                              Conservatoire class in the Royal College                         perspectives on a range of music studies in an online
                              of Music Museum                                                  classroom with students from partner institutions.

                              Student and researcher using the                                 Many concerts are filmed or recorded, and you can watch
                              Performance Simulator
                                                                                               back performances and faculty events via our online internal
                                                                                               video player, RCM Stream. This valuable teaching aid
                                                                                               lets you analyse and learn from your performances on any
                                                                                               device. In addition, we live stream events on our website
                                                                                               at, so your family and friends outside
                                                                                               London can experience your performances.

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                                                                  Digital technology has enabled         MUSEUM AND COLLECTIONS                                          Image left
                                                                  the College to welcome even                                                                            Students studying in the Donaldson
     The RCM Library is run by a friendly and knowledgeable                                              Our new Royal College of Music Museum opened to the             Room of the RCM Library
     team who are here to support your studies. Our physical      more artists, allowing us to           public in 2021. Our museum maintains one of the richest
     collections of over 200,000 items include music and          communicate with and learn             and most relevant collections of music-related objects in the
     scores, books, music journals and recordings.                                                       UK and Europe, and its substantial resources are regularly
                                                                  from industry professionals all                                                                        Image below
                                                                                                         used for teaching, research and performances.
                                                                  around the world.
                                                                                                                                                                         The new Royal College of
     The library also gives students access to a wide range                                                                                                              Music Museum
     of online resources. These include e-books, e-scores,                                               The Wolfson Centre in Music & Material Culture (WCMM),
     e-journals, Oxford Music Online, Naxos Music Library,        Darren Sng, Bachelor of Music (Hons)   will provide you with easy access to over 14,000 early
     Berlin Philharmonic Digital Concert Hall and Met Opera                                              musical instruments, paintings, drawings and sculptures which
     on Demand. We were the first institution to have formed                                             are part of the RCM’s collections and support your studies      FIND OUT MORE
     a partnership with nkoda, the digital sheet music library,                                          through object-based learning in small classes. The centre
     and musicians can also use Henle Library, giving our                                                also includes a conservation workshop, climate-controlled
     students access to thousands of scores online.                                                      on-site storage for our collections and a dedicated area for
                                                                                                         consultation, documentation and digitisation.
     The RCM Library also holds a world-class collection
     of 30,000 manuscripts and 40,000 early printed                                                      You can also explore the RCM Museum’s collections in our
     editions including autograph scores by Beethoven,                                                   digital catalogue at
     Chopin, Elgar, Haydn, Mozart and Vaughan Williams.
     These are frequently used to support teaching and
     performances. The RCM Library’s collections can
     be accessed via its online catalogues, and you
     can find out more at

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GLOBAL                                                                                                                              Spending a term in Paris was more than
                                                                                                                                         I could ask for. I had regular lessons,

     OPPORTUNITIES                                                                                                                       watched classes with two additional
                                                                                                                                         oboe teachers and attended language
                                                                                                                                         classes where I met other exchange
                                                                                                                                         students. I got to explore a new culture,
     The Royal College of Music is a truly international                                                                                 go to concerts and get to know a
     community. We are proud that over half of our students                                                                              beautiful city.
     come from outside the UK, and we currently have musicians                                                                           Layla Baratto, Bachelor of Music (Hons)
     from more than 50 different countries studying here.                                                                                Studied at Conservatoire National Supérieur
                                                                                                                                         de Musique et de Danse de Paris

     International students are a key part of all aspects of      GLOBAL PARTNERS
     life at the RCM, and you will have the chance to work
                                                                  In addition to welcoming talented musicians from around
     and perform with musicians from all over the world. Our
                                                                  the world to our home in South Kensington, the RCM works
     professors, too, come from across the globe, bringing with
                                                                  in collaboration with institutions such as the Nanyang
     them a wealth of experience and expertise. This is part of
                                                                  Academy of Fine Arts in Singapore, Princeton University
     what makes the RCM such a friendly, exciting and diverse
                                                                  and Boston University to offer joint programmes of study.
     hub of music-making

                                                                  ALUMNI WORLDWIDE
                                                                  We have a diverse alumni network in more than 95
     Our degree programmes are recognised internationally. We
                                                                  countries worldwide, and they tell us how fondly they
     are the only UK conservatoire to award our own degrees to
                                                                  remember their time at the Royal College of Music.
     doctoral level. At the RCM you can tailor your programme
                                                                  We believe that you won’t find a more welcoming and
     to develop your own individual aspirations.
                                                                  inspiring place to study anywhere in the world.

     Support is available for international students on a range
                                                                  We have a range of exchanges available with leading
     of issues such as accommodation and settling into life in
                                                                  European, American, Asian and Australian music
     a new country. For those who need a Student visa, our
                                                                  conservatories and universities. These exchanges provide
     trained advisors will also guide you through each step of
                                                                  an excellent opportunity to study abroad at other leading
     the application process. Find out more at
                                                                  institutions as part of your RCM studies. For further details

     I really urge everyone to apply for
     an exchange. Living and studying in                                                            Image right
                                                                                                    Oboist Layla Baratto by the Eiffel
     Copenhagen really pushed me to explore                                                         Tower, Paris

     many aspects of my development in a
     completely different style to the RCM.

     Lena Segal, Bachelor of Music (Hons)                                                           WATCH
     Studied at Royal Danish Academy of Music, Copenhagen                                 

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     The Royal College of Music is committed
     to accepting the best students from around
     the world. More than 50% of current
     students receive some financial support,
     thanks to the generosity of individuals,
     legators, companies and charitable trusts.

     Any student who auditions in person or by video for a place
     on a performance or composition programme beginning
     in September 2023 will automatically be considered for
     a scholarship or study award. Scholarships are offered on
     the merits of your performance at your audition or interview.
     Scholarship amounts vary from student to student, ranging
     from a contribution towards your tuition fees right up to full
     fees. If you are offered a scholarship or study award you will
     receive a confirmation letter following your offer of a place.

     Receiving an RCM scholarship has
     allowed me to be part of a community
     that enriches me as an individual and
     as a musician. I have found a place
     where I can share musical experiences
     with outstanding professors and
     talented musicians.

     Lucilla Rose Mariotti, Master of Performance
     Anne & Brian Wadsworth Scholarship holder

                                                                      Image right
                                                                      Michael Quinn Award Holder
                                                                      in a trumpet class

                                                                      FIND OUT MORE

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42   BRASS
                              44   COMPOSITION
                              46   CONDUCTING
                              48   HISTORICAL
                              50   KEYBOARD
                              52   PERCUSSION
                              54   STRINGS
                              56   WOODWIND
                              58   VOCAL & OPERA
                              60   RCM OPERA STUDIO
                              62   RCM PROFESSORS


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BRASS                                                     The Brass Faculty is a great source of
                                                               support and motivation. Being taught by
                                                               some of the most prominent professionals
                                                               has been such a great honour and
     Our active community enables you to recognise your        incredibly helpful in my development.
     full ability as a performing musician, with particular    Amadea Dazeley-Gaist, Bachelor of Music (Hons)
     emphasis on identifying and unlocking your individual
     potential. Studying in the Brass Faculty will equip you
     with the skills necessary to succeed professionally in
     an ever-changing musical world.
     Nigel Black, Head of Brass

                                                               OUTSTANDING PROFESSORS                                         VISITING ARTISTS

                                                               The Brass Faculty has an outstanding team of professors,       Distinguished international musicians give masterclasses
                                                               many of whom hold principal positions in major orchestras      each term, and visitors have included Brandt Attema,
                                                               including the BBC Concert Orchestra, English National          Øystein Baadsvik, Håkan Björkman, Dudley Bright, Philip
                                                               Opera Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra, London             Cobb, Laurence Davies, Alberto Menéndez Escribano,
                                                               Philharmonic Orchestra, Philharmonia, London Sinfonietta       Patrick Harrild, Oren Marshall, Gareth Small, Gabor
                                                               and Orchestra of the Royal Opera House. In addition to         Tarkövi, Sarah Willis and Katy Woolley.
                                                               your one-to-one lessons, you will attend regular classes and
                                                               ensemble coaching.                                             RELATED STUDIES

                                                               We also benefit from world-renowned visiting professors.       Natural horn, natural trumpet, jazz trumpet, jazz trombone
                                                               Stefan Dohr, Principal Horn of the Berlin Philharmonic, and    and sackbut are available as second or related study to
                                                               trumpet virtuoso Gustav Melander both visit regularly for      promising students. Brass players also have the opportunity
                                                               masterclasses, one-to-one teaching and ensemble work.          to join the RCM Swing Band and RCM Jazz Orchestra,
                                                                                                                              which perform regularly at the College, including at our
                                                               PERFORMANCE OPPORTUNITIES                                      annual Festival of Percussion, and further afield.

                                                               From chamber groups formed by students to the RCM              For a full list of professors in the Brass Faculty, please see
                                                               Philharmonic and RCM Symphony Orchestra, a wide variety        page 63.
                                                               of ensembles offer an array of performance opportunities.
                                                               Our orchestras work with some of today’s greatest artists      For information on natural horn and natural trumpet see
                                                               and international conductors. Visiting conductors have         page 48 or visit
                                                               included Vladimir Jurowski, Sir Roger Norrington, Sir
                                                               Antonio Pappano, Rafael Payare, Jac van Steen, John
                                                               Wilson, Thomas Zehetmair and the late Bernard Haitink.
                                                               In addition, the RCM Opera Orchestra provides music
                                                               for regular RCM Opera Studio performances, which are
                                                               produced by acclaimed directors in our Britten Theatre.

                                                               PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

                                                               RCM brass players have joined the BBC Symphony
                                                               Orchestra for BBC Proms rehearsals as part of the sit-in
                                                               scheme for postgraduate students. Similar opportunities              WATCH                       GET IN TOUCH
                                                               are available with the Philharmonia, Royal Philharmonic    

                                                               Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra of Europe and the English                                           FIND OUT MORE
                                                               National Opera Orchestra.                                                              

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COMPOSITION                                                It is a privilege to be in a faculty
                                                                of immensely encouraging yet                                     PROFESSIONAL SUCCESS

                                                                demanding professors. I find myself                              RCM composers are enjoying competitive and
                                                                                                                                 professional success in the UK and internationally. Notable
                                                                inspired to write music I am passionate                          achievements have included prizes at the Primetime Emmy
     Our internationally respected faculty works closely with   about, while effectively translating my                          Awards, Grammy Awards, Oticons Faculty International Film

     students to explore what it means to be a composer in      creative thoughts into music.                                    Music Competition, BMI Student Composer Awards and the
                                                                                                                                 Ivors Academy Composer awards, as well as the ASCAP
     today’s society. Collaborating with talented performers,   Darren Sng, Bachelor of Music (Hons)                             Foundation Michelle and Dean Kay Award.

     students are encouraged to develop their musical                                                                            RCM composers have enjoyed positions on young
                                                                                                                                 composers’ schemes at the London Philharmonic
     voice through a wide range of opportunities to gain                                                                         Orchestra, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, London
     the confidence and knowledge needed to grow as an          HEAR YOUR WORKS PERFORMED                                        Symphony Orchestra and the Royal Philarmonic Society
                                                                                                                                 Composers Programme. Graduates have also achieved
     independent creative artist.                               At the Royal College of Music you will have access
                                                                to a wholly exceptional performance environment,
                                                                                                                                 prestigious composer-in-residence positions at Birmingham
                                                                                                                                 Contemporary Music Group, Glyndebourne Opera, the
                                                                with the opportunity to hear your compositions played
     Dr Jonathan Cole, Head of Composition                                                                                       Handel House Museum and the Australian Festival of
                                                                by resident and visiting musicians, RCM orchestras,
                                                                                                                                 Chamber Music.
                                                                ensembles and fellow students of the highest musical
                                                                ability. You are also able to make use of the RCM
                                                                Studios, with its facilities for electro-acoustic and screen     COMPOSITION FOR SCREEN
                                                                composition, and we use platforms including Panopto              Our highly regarded postgraduate offering in Composition
                                                                for video conferencing and virtual performance.                  for Screen will help you to develop professionally in this
                                                                                                                                 competitive and rewarding field. London is one of the
                                                                The Composition Faculty regularly collaborates with a
                                                                                                                                 busiest production centres in the world for the film, television
                                                                range of artistic organisations in London and beyond.
                                                                                                                                 and advertising industries and studying at the RCM, with its
                                                                RCM composers have worked with the Tête à Tête opera
                                                                                                                                 extensive professional and collaborative links with film and
                                                                company and Bill Bankes-Jones, the Royal Academy of
                                                                                                                                 animation schools, studios and industry professionals, will
                                                                Arts and in collaborations with the Explore Ensemble,
                                                                                                                                 see you at the heart of this creative environment.
                                                                Fidelio Trio, Head On Photo Festival in Australia,
                                                                London Film School, Royal Academy of Dramatic Art,               Composition for Screen alumni are working worldwide
                                                                the Royal College of Art, Central Saint Martins, and the         throughout the industry, from Hollywood to Europe and
                                                                Shanghai Conservatory of Music, as well as a digital             Asia, holding numerous accolades including BAFTA,
                                                                collaboration with English National Ballet School.               Grammy, Golden Globe and Academy awards for work in
                                                                                                                                 film, television and gaming.
                                                                EXCEPTIONAL PROFESSORS
                                                                                                                                 Explore works by current students at
                                                                Individual lessons and visits from established composers of
                                                                concert, film and television music, including electro-acoustic
                                                                and studio-based work, provide an unrivalled opportunity         For a full list of professors in the Composition Faculty,
                                                                for you to nurture and develop your creative and technical       please see page 63.
                                                                skills as well as your own compositional voice. Our
                                                                professors and visiting professors are some of the biggest
                                                                names in their fields and include leading British composers
                                                                George Fenton, Deirdre Gribbin, Catherine Kontz,
                                                                Mark-Anthony Turnage and Errollyn Wallen, as well as
                                                                Gilbert Nouno and Dai Fujikura.

                                                                VISITING COMPOSERS

                                                                World-leading composers for concert and film regularly                                             WATCH
                                                                give talks and classes to our students, so you can learn from
                                                                the best in the field. Visitors in recent years have included
                                                                Chaya Czernowin, Tansy Davies, Brett Dean, Michael
                                                                Giacchino, Harry Gregson-Williams, David Lang, Colin                                               GET IN TOUCH
                                                                Matthews, Anna Meredith, Nico Muhly, Rachel Portman,                                     

                                                                Steve Reich, Howard Shore, Mel Wesson, Kate Whitley,                                               FIND OUT MORE
                                                                Debbie Wiseman, Gary Yershon and Hans Zimmer.                                            

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