RCM News

RCM tops Guardian League Table

Tuesday 26 May 2015

The Royal College of Music has been ranked first in the 2016 Guardian University League Table for music.

RCM Simulator at Imperial Festival

Monday 11 May 2015

A pop-up version of the Royal College of Music's ground-breaking performance simulator has featured at Imperial College London's annual May Festival.

BBC Proms Launch 2015

Friday 1 May 2015

The 2015 BBC Proms season has been announced and we are delighted that once again the RCM is playing a starring role.

Arts in Harmony

Monday 27 April 2015

An exciting new exhibition celebrating the centenary year of the Ben Uri Gallery opens today in the RCM Museum of Music.

RCM claims Ferrier prizes

Monday 27 April 2015

Royal College of Music performers have enjoyed a clean sweep at this year’s Kathleen Ferrier Awards.

BBC Features RCM Technology

Monday 13 April 2015

The Royal College of Music’s innovative use of digital technology has been highlighted on BBC Radio 4.

RCM Baroque Orchestra on Tour

Friday 10 April 2015

Musicians from the RCM’s Historical Performance department have recently enjoyed a tour to Austria and Germany to perform J S Bach’s St John Passion.

Summer Season on sale

Wednesday 8 April 2015

Summer is almost here, and so is a bright new season of musical events at the Royal College of Music!

NOS places for RCM singers

Thursday 2 April 2015

RCM singers He Wu and Angela Simkin have been offered places at the National Opera Studio (NOS) for 2015/16.

Trio Apaches appointed RCM Piano Trio in Association

Thursday 26 March 2015

We are pleased to announce the appointment of Trio Apaches as Piano Trio in Association.

Queen’s Medal for Simon Halsey

Thursday 19 March 2015

RCM alumnus Simon Halsey has been awarded The Queen's Medal for Music 2014.

ROSL Ensembles Success

Friday 13 March 2015

Both Ensembles Prizes of this year’s Royal Over-Seas League Annual Music Competition have been won by RCM alumni.

The President’s Visit 2015

Thursday 12 March 2015

HRH The Prince of Wales honoured a number of outstanding figures in international musical life today at the Royal College of Music's Annual Awards ceremony.

Tillett Trust Young Artists’ Platform

Tuesday 10 March 2015

RCM saxophonist Philip Attard and pianist Luka Okros have been chosen for the Tillett Trust Young Artists’ Platform 2015.

International Women's Day on BBC Radio 3

Friday 6 March 2015

RCM alumnae are playing an important role in BBC Radio 3’s International Women’s Day celebrations on Sunday 8 March.

ROSL Accompanist’s Prize

Tuesday 3 March 2015

RCM alumnus Ian Tindale has been announced as the winner of the Accompanist’s Prize in the prestigious Royal Over-Seas League Music Competition.

Stefan Dohr joins the RCM

Thursday 19 February 2015

We’re delighted to announce that Stefan Dohr, Principal Horn with the Berlin Philharmonic, has been appointed as a Visiting Professor at the RCM.

ROSL success

Thursday 19 February 2015

RCM harpist Juliana Myslov has continued a winning streak by RCM musicians in the prestigious Royal Over-Seas League Music Competition by triumphing in the String section. 

More success for RCM singers

Wednesday 11 February 2015

RCM vocal alumni have continued to impress in recent competitions and performances.

New Artist in Residence: Maxim Rysanov

Tuesday 3 February 2015

The Royal College of Music is delighted to announce the appointment of international violist Maxim Rysanov as Artist in Residence.

International vocal success

Friday 30 January 2015

RCM singers have been enjoying international success this month.

RCM premieres long-lost march

Wednesday 28 January 2015

The Royal College of Music Symphony Orchestra will give the first performance of a vivacious march by French composer Lili Boulanger at the Royal Festival Hall on 26 February.

The RCM at Buckingham Palace

Monday 26 January 2015

Musicians from the Royal College of Music and members of Opera Australia have given a special joint performance at Buckingham Palace hosted by His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales.

RCM Live: Spring 2015

Wednesday 14 January 2015

The Royal College of Music continues its ground-breaking series of live broadcasts this spring with a tranche of major events being streamed online.

Vanessa in China

Monday 12 January 2015

Professor Vanessa Latarche, Head of Keyboard at the RCM, has participated in the first Lang Lang Shenzhen Futian International Piano Festival in Shenzhen, China.

New Year's Honours

Wednesday 7 January 2015

We offer warm congratulations to the many musicians whose achievements have been recognised in the New Year’s Honours list. Among them are two long-standing supporters of the RCM: Dasha Shenkman and Philip Carne.

Portrait Artist of the Year

Monday 5 January 2015

The Royal College of Music has commissioned a portrait of Dame Kiri Te Kanawa as part of the Sky Arts TV series Portrait Artist of the Year.

RCM ranked Top London Conservatoire for World-Leading Research

Wednesday 17 December 2014

The Royal College of Music (RCM) has been named as the London conservatoire with the highest percentage of world-leading research in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF).

High Impact Award for RCM Woodhouse Centre

Monday 15 December 2014

The RCM Woodhouse Centre for Professional Development has received a High Impact Award for its involvement in Global Entrepreneurship Week.

Matthias Höfs joins RCM Brass Faculty

Thursday 11 December 2014

The RCM is delighted to announce the appointment of world-renowned trumpet virtuoso Matthias Höfs as Visiting Professor, from January 2015.

Lewis Murphy made Glyndebourne Young Composer

Monday 8 December 2014

RCM composer Lewis Murphy has been announced as Glyndebourne’s new Young Composer in Residence.

New Season: Spring 2015

Wednesday 3 December 2014

We’re delighted to announce our new Spring Season of events.

Big Give Christmas Challenge 2014

Thursday 27 November 2014

From 4-6 December 2014, the RCM is once again proud to be participating in the Big Give Christmas Challenge.

British Composer Awards

Tuesday 21 October 2014

A number of composers associated with the Royal College of Music have been successful in the 2014 British Composer Awards.

Jaques Samuel Junior Department Piano Festival

Friday 28 November 2014

Four students from the Royal College of Music Junior Department have been successful in the Jaques Samuel Junior Department Piano Festival. 

Joo Yeon Sir wins Karl Jenkins Award

Tuesday 25 November 2014

Royal College of Music Constant & Kit Lambert Junior Fellow Joo Yeon Sir has won the The Arts Club Karl Jenkins Classical Music Award.

Sir Nicholas Winton at the RCM

Monday 24 November 2014

We were honoured to welcome the British humanitarian Sir Nicholas Winton to the Royal College of Music on Friday 21 November.

Cambridge Young Composer of the Year 2014/15

Tuesday 25 November 2014

RCM Junior Department composer Joe Reynolds has been announced as Cambridge Young Composer of the Year 2014/15.

Adam Walker joins the RCM

Tuesday 18 November 2014

The RCM is delighted to announce the appointment of celebrated flautist Adam Walker who joins as Visiting Professor from January 2015.

RCMJD students record ABRSM piano pieces

Friday 14 November 2014

RCM Junior Department pianists Tomoka Kan and Isaac Ettedgui have recorded the new grade 1 piano pieces for ABRSM.

The Hollywood Reporter

Wednesday 12 November 2014

The Royal College of Music has been named as the top music school outside of the USA by The Hollywood Reporter.

Lest We Forget

Tuesday 11 November 2014

Royal College of Music staff and students have marked Armistice Day 100 years after the outbreak of World War One.

Lieder Prize for Rowan

Monday 10 November 2014

RCM soprano Rowan Pierce has won the Schubert Society of Britain’s Lieder Prize.

ASCAP Award for Benjamin

Friday 7 November 2014

RCM Composition for Screen composer Benjamin Woodgates has been awarded the ASCAP Foundation Michelle and Dean Kay Award.

Dyslexia Awareness Week

Tuesday 4 November 2014

The Royal College of Music is pleased to be taking part in Dyslexia Awareness Week from 3–9 November.

Success for Bertram

Tuesday 4 November 2014

RCM composer Bertram Wee has been announced as the winner of the 5th British Composer Awards Student Competition.

Ferrier Bursary Success

Monday 3 November 2014

RCM countertenor Timothy Morgan has triumphed in this year’s Kathleen Ferrier Society Bursary for Young Singers.

Success for the Marmen Quartet

Thursday 30 October 2014

The RCM’s Marmen Quartet has been announced on BBC Radio 3 as the first young string quartet to be selected for Music in the Round’s professional development scheme, Bridge.


The John Barry Scholarship for Film Composition

Monday 27 October 2014

The RCM is delighted to announce that an outstanding young film composer, Mitchell Tanner, is the first recipient of the John Barry Scholarship for Film Composition.

Half a million YouTube views

Friday 24 October 2014

The Royal College of Music has received more than 500,000 video views on YouTube.

Jaques Samuel Intercollegiate Piano Competition

Wednesday 22 October 2014

RCM pianist Luka Okrostsvaridze has won First Prize in the Jaques Samuel Intercollegiate Piano Competition.

City of Light

Monday 13 October 2014

The RCM is delighted to be collaborating with the Philharmonia Orchestra for City of Light: Paris 1900–1950 - a major series exploring the music, culture, art and society in Paris between 1900 and 1950.

Tickets now on sale for our autumn opera: The Magic Flute

Wednesday 8 October 2014

This November the RCM International Opera School is proud to present a new production of Mozart’s The Magic Flute.

Sarah Connolly and Elizabeth Watts at the RCM

Friday 3 October 2014

We are delighted to announce that RCM alumnae soprano Elizabeth Watts and mezzo-soprano Sarah Connolly will be singing the two solo roles in our performance of Mahler’s Symphony no 2 on Thursday 23 October and Friday 24 October. 

George Dyson: Composer Of The Week

Thursday 2 October 2014

This week, BBC Radio 3 has been showcasing the music of former Royal College of Music Director, Sir George Dyson, as its Composer Of The Week. 

CMF and YCAT Artists

Tuesday 30 September 2014

Several talented RCM musicians have been selected to be artists with the City Music Foundation and Young Classical Artists Trust this year.

Museum Exhibition: The RCM & WW1

Tuesday 30 September 2014

To mark the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War, the Museum is delighted to announce the opening of a new temporary exhibition ‘The RCM and WW1’.

Apply now for RCM auditions

Monday 29 September 2014

With the current academic year at the Royal College of Music now underway, the deadline for applications for next year's prospective students is fast approaching.

New Year at the RCMJD

Friday 26 September 2014

We are delighted to warmly welcome 67 new students and a host of new staff for a new academic year at the Royal College of Music Junior Department.

Christopher Hogwood 1941 – 2014

Thursday 25 September 2014

We are very sorry to report the death of conductor, composer and musicologist Christopher Hogwood CBE on 24 September.

Alumni Reunion: 1975-85

Monday 22 September 2014

On Sunday 14 September we were delighted to welcome 250 RCM alumni from 1975-1985  back to the Royal College of Music for an unforgettable reunion.

A Summer of Progress

Thursday 18 September 2014

Staff and students returning to the RCM after the summer break have noticed a number of improvements.

New Year at the RCM

Monday 16 September 2013

We are delighted to warmly welcome a total of 360 new students from 53 different countries for a new academic year at the Royal College of Music.

BBC Radio 3's New Generation Artists Announced

Wednesday 4 September 2013

RCM pianist Pavel Kolesnikov has been named a BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artist 2014.

2014/15 Junior Fellows Announced

Wednesday 4 September 2013

RCM Director Professor Colin Lawson has announced an impressive list of Junior Fellows for the 2014/15 academic year.

Welcoming the Ruisi Quartet

Tuesday 2 September 2014

The RCM is delighted to announce that this September the Ruisi Quartet will become the first students on the RCM’s brand new Artist Diploma programme for Chamber Music.

Screen Composers in the US

Wednesday 27 August 2014

Two composers on the RCM’s renowned Composition for Screen course have taken part in prestigious film music courses in the USA over the summer.

RCM Autumn Events

Tuesday 19 August 2014

Booking is now open for the Royal College of Music’s Autumn Season 2014, and as always there is an exciting line up of concerts, masterclasses, talks and participatory events on offer.

National Student Survey

Tuesday 12 August 2014

The Royal College of Music has excelled in the 2014 National Student Survey.

BBC Proms round up: Week 4

Monday 11 August 2014

In 2014, the Royal College of Music is delighted once again to be enjoying a close association with the BBC Proms, the world’s biggest classical music festival.

Film Music Success

Wednesday 30 July 2014

RCM composers Benjamin Woodgates and Chris Roe have enjoyed success at the inaugural Oticons Faculty Film Music Competition.

RCM Museum of Music: now open for longer

Friday 25 July 2014

The RCM Museum of Music is delighted to be extending its opening hours this summer. From 22 July to 22 August 2014 the museum will be open from 11.30am to 5.30pm, Tuesday to Friday.

Keyboard Successes

Tuesday 15 July 2014

RCM pianists Dinara Klinton and Samson Tsoy have both enjoyed recent competition success.

Lorin Maazel 1930-2014

Monday 14 July 2014

We are very sorry to hear of the death of world renowned conductor and composer Lorin Maazel.

Pincher Martin

Tuesday 8 July 2014

This July the RCM is hosting the world premiere of a new opera by RCM alumnus Oliver Rudland.

The RCM on the BBC

Monday 7 July 2014

The Royal College of Music has recently been featured in two prime time BBC TV programmes: Celebrity MasterChef and The Honourable Woman.

Vocal Faculty Open Door 2014

Monday 30 June 2014

This September the RCM Vocal Faculty is once again opening its doors to offer aspiring singers invaluable advice from RCM vocal professors.

RPS Competition Success for Danielle Howard

Friday 27 June 2014

RCM composer Danielle Howard has been named as a winner of the Royal Philharmonic Society and IdeasTap Sound & Vision competition.

Woodwind Success in Stockholm

Wednesday 25 June 2014

RCM woodwind players Junnan Sun and Linn Persson have enjoyed success in the Stockholm International Music Competition.

Success for Paul

Tuesday 24 June 2014

RCM Composition for Screen composer Paul Devlin has won the 2014 CINE Film Scoring Competition for Emerging Composers.

Piano Success in Scotland

Monday 23 June 2014

RCM pianists Ilya Maximov, Jianing Kong and Dinara Klinton have enjoyed success in the prestigious Scottish International Piano Competition 2014.

Women in Music Festival

Wednesday 18 June 2014

On 1 and 2 July the RCM plays host to a very special festival celebrating female composers through the ages.

The Queen’s Birthday Honours

Tuesday 17 June 2014

Our warmest congratulations go out several individuals associated with the RCM whose achievements were recognised in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List.

Richard Wistreich to join RCM as Director of Research

Friday 13 June 2014

We're delighted to announce that Professor Richard Wistreich will be joining the Royal College of Music on 1 September 2014 as Director of Research.

Welcoming Gavin Harrison to the RCM Festival of Percussion

Wednesday 11 June 2014

We are delighted to announce the line-up for our fourth annual RCM Festival of Percussion.

Announcing the Rhapsody App

Friday 6 June 2014

The Royal College of Music has contributed to a brand new mobile phone app which promises to improve the treatment and rehabilitation of hospital patients.

A Rossini UK Premiere at the RCM

Thursday 5 June 2014

The RCM is celebrating the 200th anniversary of Rossini's La gazzetta by presenting the UK premiere of a quintet for the opera's five major characters.

Boconnoc Award 2014

Wednesday 28 May 2014

The Laefer Quartet has been named as the recipients of the 2014 Boconnoc Music Award.

Successes for Arne

Thursday 22 May 2014

We’re delighted to announce that RCM composer Arne Gieshoff has enjoyed two outstanding competition successes recently.

Pianist Martin James Bartlett is BBC Young Musician 2014

Monday 19 May 2014

RCM student Martin James Bartlett has been crowned BBC Young Musician 2014.


Success for the Manon Quartet

Thursday 15 May 2014

The RCM’s Manon Quartet has won the Cavatina Intercollegiate String Quartet Competition.

The President's Visit 2014

Wednesday 14 May 2014

HRH The Prince of Wales honoured a number of outstanding figures in international musical life on Wednesday 14 May at the RCM’s Annual Awards ceremony.

Martin wins BBCYM Keyboard Final

Monday 12 May 2014

RCM Junior Department pianist Martin James Bartlett has won the Keyboard Category Final of BBC Young Musician 2014.

Inside Opera: Live

Friday 9 May 2014

RCM Director of Opera Michael Rosewell will appear on Inside Opera: Live on Saturday 10 May 2014.

Antony Hopkins FRCM

Thursday 8 May 2014

RCM alumnus Antony Hopkins has died.

ROSL Success for Huw

Wednesday 7 May 2014

Saxophonist Huw Wiggin, a recent RCM graduate, has won the Gold Medal and First Prize of £10,000 in the Royal Over-Seas League Annual Music Competition 2014.

Mendelssohn Premiere

Tuesday 6 May 2014

RCM mezzo-soprano Amy Williamson and professor Christopher Glynn have given the first performance of a lost song by Felix Mendelssohn on BBC Radio 4’s ‘Today’ programme.

ROSL Successes

Tuesday 6 May 2014

RCM musicians have won three main awards in this year’s Royal Over-Seas League Annual Music Competition.

Introducing Prince Consort Village

Monday 28 April 2014

We’re delighted to announce that the name for the RCM’s brand new £44 million hall of residence will be Prince Consort Village.

NOS place for Katherine

Tuesday 29 April 2014

Recent RCM graduate Katherine Crompton has been offered a place at the National Opera Studio (NOS) for 2014/15.

C P E Bach: Spiritual Songs

Friday 25 April 2014

A new CD of C P E Bach’s music recorded by RCM professors Norbert Meyn and Terence Charlston has been released by Toccata Classics.

BBC Proms Launch

Thursday 24 April 2014

The 2014 BBC Proms season has been announced in which the Royal College of Music is once again playing a starring role.

RCM Alumni Network

Wednesday 16 April 2014

We're delighted to announce the launch of the Royal College of Music alumni network, created with the purpose of bringing together our international and diverse alumni community

Olivier Award for ETO

Tuesday 15 April 2014

RCM friends and partners English Touring Opera have won the 2014 Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement in Opera.

RCM Summer Events

Wednesday 9 April 2014

Booking is now open for the RCM’s Summer Season, offering up unmissable events from some of the world's most outstanding young musical talent.

K491 to SW7

Tuesday 8 April 2014

A jewel in the Royal College of Music’s extensive collection of historic manuscripts is being published as a high-quality facsimile by Bärenreiter.

Success for Laura

Friday 4 April 2014

RCM guitarist Laura Snowden has won First Prize in the Worshipful Company of Musicians Ivor Mairants Guitar Competition 2014.

Success for Jamal

Thursday 27 March 2014

RCM cellist Jamal Aliyev has been awarded the Muriel Taylor Scholarship 2014.

Morgan made HGO Studio Artist

Monday 17 March 2014

RCM baritone Morgan Pearse has been selected to be a member of the 2014–15 Houston Grand Opera Studio programme.

New Opportunity for String Quartets

Thursday 13 March 2014

The Royal College of Music is launching a new Artist Diploma in Chamber Music from September 2014.

Ashley Solomon made Chair of Historical Performance

Wednesday 12 March 2014

Ashley Solomon has been appointed to a Chair of Historical Performance at the Royal College of Music.

Marion Thorpe CBE HonRCM

Tuesday 11 March 2014

We are very sorry to report the death of Marion Thorpe on 6 March 2014, an RCM alumna and joint founder of the Leeds Piano Competition. 

Celebrating William Lloyd Webber

Tuesday 11 March 2014

The centenary of Royal College of Music alumnus and former professor William Lloyd Webber is being celebrated on Tuesday 11 March.

Harp Success in Holland

Monday 10 March 2014

Harpist Juliana Myslov, who will be joining the RCM in September, has triumphed at the Dutch Harp Competition 2014.

Woodhouse at 15

Thursday 6 March 2014

The Royal College of Music’s Woodhouse Centre for Professional Development is celebrating its 15th birthday this year with a unique series of events.

Great Exhibitionists Spring 2014

Wednesday 5 March 2014

The RCM’s ground-breaking Great Exhibitionists series returns on Tuesday 11 and Wednesday 12 March 2014.

WW1 Composers

Friday 28 February 2014

The Royal College of Music has featured in two short BBC films exploring the legacy of World War One composers.

Russian Extravaganza

Wednesday 26 February 2014

The Sochi Winter Olympics may have come to an end, but here at the RCM we’re keeping the Russian spirit going with three celebrations of Russian music.

Chappell Medal success for John

Monday 24 February 2014

RCM pianist John Granger Fisher has won the RCM’s Chappell Medal competition 2014. 

Yamaha Scholarship Success

Thursday 20 February 2014

We are delighted to announce that RCM pianists Dinara Klinton and Pavel Kolesnikov have triumphed at the 2014 Yamaha Scholarship awards.

Singing a Song in a Foreign Land

Tuesday 18 February 2014

This February the RCM’s Singing a Song in a Foreign Land project comes to a climax with an exhibition, concert series and three-day symposium.

Welcoming Back Sir Thomas Allen

Friday 14 February 2014

We’re delighted to announce a new addition to our events programme – a Vocal Masterclass with Sir Thomas Allen on Friday 14 March.

Vocal Success Continues

Friday 14 February 2014

RCM singers have continued a recent run of RCM Vocal Faculty successes.

Singer Successes

Wednesday 12 February 2014

Three RCM singers have all enjoyed outstanding success recently.

RAG Week 2014

Thursday 6 February 2014

The week of 10-14 February 2014 is RCM RAG Week 2013 - a full week of charitable events organised by the RCM Students’ Association.

Welcoming Nicola Benedetti

Monday 3 February 2014

On Tuesday 4 February star violinist Nicola Benedetti visits the RCM to lead a special masterclass with top RCM string players.

Success for Anna

Tuesday 28 January 2014

RCM soprano Anna Rajah has been awarded a place at the internationally prestigious Bayerische Staatsoper Opera Studio for the autumn of 2014.

RCM Research makes an impact

Monday 27 January 2014

RCM students made a great impact at the Royal Music Association’s (RMA) 2014 Research Students’ Conference.

Maria Lidka

Thursday 23 January 2014

Violinist and former RCM professor Maria Lidka has died. 

Live Broadcasts Spring 2014

Thursday 23 January 2014

Back by popular demand, the RCM’s ground-breaking series of live online broadcasts continues this spring.

Barbara Boissard

Friday 17 January 2014

Barbara Boissard, RCM alumna and former Director of the RCM Junior Department from 1975-1983, has died. 

Salomon Prize for Catherine Arlidge

Friday 17 January 2014

RCM alumna Catherine Arlidge has been awarded the prestigious RPS/ABO Salomon Prize for orchestral musicians.

5 stars for Pavel Kolesnikov

Thursday 16 January 2014

RCM pianist Pavel Kolesnikov has received a 5 star review from The Telegraph for his debut at London’s Wigmore Hall.

John Stainer FRCM

Monday 13 January 2014

RCM alumnus and former Registrar John Stainer died peacefully on Wednesday 8 January 2014, a few weeks short of his 99th birthday.

BCMG Composer in Residence

Monday 13 January 2014

RCM composer Arne Gieshoff has been appointed Composer in Residence with the Birmingham Contemporary Music Group.

Nicola Benedetti on Desert Island Discs

Monday 13 January 2014

RCM Spring Season star Nicola Benedetti has appeared on BBC Radio 4’s long-running programme Desert Island Discs.

Queen's Medal for Sir Thomas Allen

Tuesday 7 January 2014

RCM alumnus Sir Thomas Allen is to be awarded The Queen's Medal for Music 2013.

John Copley CBE

Monday 6 January 2014

We congratulate opera director John Copley CBE, who has been recognised in the New Year’s Honours list. 


CNBC Meets: Lang Lang

Monday 16 December 2013

Students from the RCM Junior Department feature in a new TV documentary about the world-famous pianist Lang Lang.

Arts Medals for RCM philanthropists

Friday 13 December 2013

On Wednesday 11 December, HRH The Prince of Wales presented Prince of Wales Medals for Arts Philanthropy to four long-term RCM supporters...

From Delius to Dizzee Rascal: The Listening Experience Database

Thursday 12 December 2013

Could you contribute to the world’s first database measuring the impact of music on people’s lives?

RCM Spring Events

Tuesday 10 December 2013

Booking is now open for the RCM’s Spring Season, jam-packed with exciting events featuring our hugely talented young musicians.

Celebrations in Minsk

Tuesday 10 December 2013

On Friday 6 December three Royal College of Music alumni presented a special piano recital in Belarus in celebration of the RCM.

Museum Open Day

Tuesday 10 December 2013

On Friday 13 December the RCM Museum of Music is throwing open its doors for the museum’s very first Open Day.

Edwin Hillier selected by Sound and Music

Friday 29 November 2013

RCM composer Edwin Hillier has been selected to take part in a prestigious new programme for emergign composers...

Ravel's Pair of Spectacles

Wednesday 27 November 2013

Our International Opera School are gearing up for what promises to be a thrilling double bill of Ravel operas...

Double Your Money with The Big Give

Monday 25 November 2013

This December, the Royal College of Music is once again participating in the Big Give Christmas Challenge...

The Power of the Unconscious

Friday 22 November 2013

RCM Research Fellow in Performance Science Dr Tania Lisboa has appeared on BBC Radio 4's Frontiers programme.

Success for Dinara

Tuesday 19 November 2013

RCM pianist Dinara Klinton has won Second Prize in this year's International Paderewski Piano Competition 2013.

Britten at the RCM

Monday 18 November 2013

On 19 and 22 November the RCM is celebrating the centenary of RCM alumnus Benjamin Britten with a series of exciting concerts.

RCM stars shine in ETO’s autumn season

Thursday 14 November 2013

This autumn, a number of RCM singers have been benefiting from the RCM’s close association with English Touring Opera.

Singing a Song in Strasbourg

Monday 11 November 2013

On 9 November, RCM singers and instrumentalists headed to Strasbourg to recreate a unique event.

Sir Humphrey Maud

Monday 11 November 2013

Former diplomat and RCM Council member, Sir Humphrey Maud, died on 10 November 2013 after suffering a major stroke.

Bach Singers Prize

Monday 11 November 2013

RCM tenor Nick Pritchard has won First Prize in the fourth London Bach Society Bach Singers Prize.

From Community to Concert Platform

Thursday 7 November 2013

We are delighted to announce that the RCM has received a major commitment from the Georg and Emily von Opel Foundation to support the teaching of string instruments at the Royal College of Music.

Bernard Roberts FRCM 1933 - 2013

Tuesday 5 November 2013

We are very sorry to report the death of Bernard Roberts, a former professor of piano at the RCM and one of the finest Beethoven players of the 20th Century.

Hooray for Hollywood!

Monday 4 November 2013

The Hollywood Reporter has named the Royal College of Music as one of the industry’s top 10 music schools.

Guitar Successes

Wednesday 30 October 2013

RCM guitarists Jonatan Bougt and Laura Snowden have both enjoyed success in recent competitions.

Ferrier Bursary Success

Tuesday 29 October 2013

RCM singers have enjoyed success in this year’s Kathleen Ferrier Society Bursary for Young Singers.

Keyboard Successes

Tuesday 29 October 2013

The RCM has been well represented by prize winners of recent international piano competitions.

Paul Collen

Wednesday 23 October 2013

We are very sorry to report that Paul Collen, who worked at the RCM for more than 25 years, died peacefully on Friday after a short illness.

Roger Best HonRCM 1936 - 2013

Monday 21 October 2013

We are sorry to report that Roger Best,  professor at the RCM from the mid-seventies to the mid-nineties, has died.

London International Guitar Competition

Thursday 17 October 2013

RCM guitarist Laura Snowden has reached the semi-finals of the London International Guitar Competition.

Primary Proms

Friday 11 October 2013

On Thursday 10 October, the RCM Junior Department Chamber Orchestra performed at a pair of very special events.

RCM Live!

Wednesday 9 October 2013

We’re delighted to announce that we are continuing to bring RCM events to a world-wide audience by broadcasting three Autumn Season events live online.

Creative Learning Project

Friday 4 October 2013

The RCM has collaborated with the University of Cambridge for an investigation into how musicians find creative inspiration.

The Yeomen of the Guard

Tuesday 1 October 2013

To celebrate the 125th anniversary of the first performance of Gilbert and Sullivan’s operetta The Yeomen of the Guard the RCM has made available online the manuscript of the overture.

Practice Room Improvements

Wednesday 2 October 2013

Two practice rooms LG12 and 102 have been completely refurbished and redecorated over the summer break.

City Music Foundation Awards

Tuesday 1 October 2013

RCM violinist Mari Poll and folk group Tir Eolas have enjoyed success at the inaugural City Music Foundation Awards.

Concert Hall Reflectors

Monday 30 September 2013

New reflective panels have been installed in the Royal College of Music’s Amaryllis Fleming Concert Hall.

Royal Society Journal

Friday 27 September 2013

An article written by RCM Professor of Performance Science Aaron Williamon has been published in the Journal of the Royal Society Interface.

Tête à Tête Opera Festival

Tuesday 24 September 2013

Works by RCM composers at this year’s Tête à Tête Opera Festival met with huge success over the summer.

Alumni Reunion

Monday 23 September 2013

On Saturday 7 September, the RCM was delighted to welcome more than 100 alumni to a special reunion at the RCM.

Hans Zimmer at the RCM

Friday 20 September 2013

We're delighted to welcome one of today's most acclaimed film composers, Hans Zimmer, to the RCM on 4 October.

Lifetime Achievement Award for Julian Bream

Wednesday 18 September 2013

RCM alumnus Julian Bream CBE has been announced as the Lifetime Achievement award winner in the 2013 Gramophone Classical Music Awards.

London Tales

Wednesday 18 September 2013

RCM composers and performers are collaborating on an exciting new project culminating in a special lunchtime concert at St Martin-in-the-Fields.

New additions to the String Faculty

Monday 16 September 2013

The RCM String Faculty is delighted to welcome the following additions to its world class department at the start of the autumn 2013 term.


Felicity Smith

Monday 16 September 2013

New Zealand mezzo soprano and RCM alumna Felicity Smith tragically died on Monday 9 September.

Masterclasses Online

Friday 13 September 2013

We’re delighted to announce that we’re now making RCM masterclasses available to a worldwide audience.

New Head of Junior Programmes

Friday 6 September 2013

The RCM is delighted to announce the appointment of Miranda Francis as the new Head of Junior Programmes.

RCM Competition Successes

Monday 2 September 2013

RCM singers Sinéad O'Kelly and Benjamin Williamson have both enjoyed success in recent competitions.

New Halls of Residence

Wednesday 28 August 2013

The Royal College of Music is delighted to announce a £44 million development of its halls of residence in West London.

Hollywood Rhapsody

Tuesday 27 August 2013

Our seventh weekly BBC Proms news bulletin, with details of this week's performances conducted by RCM alumni John Wilson and Sir Andrew Davis.

Baroque Opera from Venice

Friday 23 August 2013

This autumn, we are delighted to welcome back our friends and partners English Touring Opera for a thrilling operatic season.

RCM Autumn Events

Wednesday 21 August 2013

Booking is now open for the RCM's autumn season of events, featuring some of the world’s most talented young musicians and internationally acclaimed visiting artists

Success in Innsbruck

Monday 19 August 2013

RCM singers have enjoyed great success in the fourth Cesti International Singing Competition at the Innsbruck International Early Music Festival.

Music and Monarchy

Tuesday 13 August 2013

The RCM features heavily in the final part of David Starkey’s BBC Two television series ‘Music and Monarchy’.

The Rhapsody Project

Tuesday 6 August 2013

RCM composers are creating new bespoke pieces of music designed to help patients at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital in their treatment and rehabilitation.

Are you an aspiring singer?

Wednesday 24 July 2013

This September the RCM Vocal Faculty is once again opening its doors to offer aspiring singers invaluable advice from RCM vocal professors.

Chew Jun Ru: RCM Pioneer

Thursday 18 July 2013

A student from the RCM has made history by becoming the first RCM graduate in a traditional Chinese instrument in the institution’s 130-year history.


Thursday 18 July 2013

RCM composer Kate Simko has joined forces with multi-disciplinary artist Bruno Levy to release an innovative new audio-visual work.

Professorship for Dmitri Alexeev

Tuesday 16 July 2013

Dmitri Alexeev has been appointed to the position of Professor of Advanced Piano at the Royal College of Music.

The Full English

Tuesday 16 July 2013

The RCM Junior Department Chamber Choir has given a presentation as part of the English Folk Dance and Song Society’s The Full English Discovery Day.

Stella Maris Singing Competition

Friday 12 July 2013

Recent RCM graduate countertenor Rupert Enticknap has won the Opera and Lieder Prizes at the 2013 Stella Maris Competition.

Cheltenham Music Festival Residency

Wednesday 10 July 2013

RCM Professor of Performance Science Aaron Williamon is taking part in a unique series of talks at this year’s Cheltenham Music Festival.

Success for RCM Graduates

Tuesday 9 July 2013

According to statistics published by the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA), RCM graduates are some of the most likely to move onto employment or further study

Lara live on BBC Radio 3

Monday 8 July 2013

RCM pianist Lara Melda has starred as soloist in a BBC Radio 3 concert with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales.

Graduation Live Broadcast

Wednesday 3 July 2013

We’re delighted to announce a new experiment for the RCM: this Friday, we will be broadcasting the entire 2013 RCM Graduation Ceremony LIVE on the RCM website.

Stephen Fry at the RCM

Tuesday 2 July 2013

RCM students have been workshopping a brand new opera with music by RCM graduate Louis Mander and libretto by Stephen Fry.

Britten: The Student Years

Tuesday 2 July 2013

The RCM Museum of Music is pleased to announce the opening of a new temporary exhibition focussing on RCM alumnus Benjamin Britten.

Dean & Chadlington Singing Competition

Monday 1 July 2013

RCM singers have picked up first and second prize in the Dean and Chadlington Singing Competition.

A Grand Tour

Friday 28 June 2013

On 30 June, Ashley Solomon and the RCM Baroque Ensemble are heading to Italy for their second annual concert tour.

A Celebration of Percussion!

Thursday 27 June 2013

On Sunday 7 July, the leading lights of the percussion world will once again be flocking to the RCM for our annual Festival of Percussion...

Instruments Out and About

Wednesday 26 June 2013

Two treasures from the RCM Special Collections are being loaned out to special exhibitions this summer.

Ben Johnson - the Audience Favourite!

Thursday 20 June 2013

RCM graduate Ben Johnson has won the Dame Joan Sutherland Audience Prize at BBC Cardiff Singer of the World.

The Boconnoc Music Award

Thursday 20 June 2013

The Cataleya Quintet has been named as the second recipients of the Boconnoc Award.

Ida Haendel at the RCM

Wednesday 19 June 2013

On Wednesday 3 July the Royal College of Music is privileged to welcome violinist Ida Haendel to give an afternoon masterclass in our Britten Theatre.

La vie parisienne

Monday 17 June 2013

This June the RCM International Opera School is transporting audiences to Paris in our sparkling summer production of Offenbach’s La vie parisienne.

Paul Farmer MBE

Monday 17 June 2013

RCM alumnus Paul Farmer has been made an MBE in The Queen’s Birthday Honours List.

Britain's Greenest Conservatoire

Tuesday 11 June 2013

For the fourth year running, the Royal College of Music has scored highly in the People & Planet Green League.

ROSL Success for Morgan Pearse

Tuesday 4 June 2013

RCM baritone Morgan Pearse has been awarded the Gold Medal and First Prize of £10,000 at the Royal Over-Seas League Competition Final.

Ariana Kashefi awarded RPS Scholarship

Tuesday 4 June 2013

RCM cellist Ariana Kashefi has been awarded the 2013 Royal Philharmonic Society Julius Isserlis Scholarship.

Rising Stars at Cadogan Hall

Friday 31 May 2013

Once again this June RCM soloists and chamber groups are heading to London’s Cadogan Hall for a series of spectacular concerts.

Musical Impact

Friday 31 May 2013

A new £1 million project will see the UK’s nine top music conservatoires leading the world’s largest ever study into the health and wellbeing of performing musicians.

Giving is Good for you

Wednesday 12 June 2013

A new book by RCM Council member and scholarship donor John Nickson sheds light on the benefits of being generous.

Ellen Nisbeth wins Norwegian Soloist Prize

Thursday 30 May 2013

 RCM violist Ellen Nisbeth has been awarded the Norwegian Soloist Prize 2013.

Florilegium at Bath International Music Festival

Wednesday 29 May 2013

RCM Ensemble in Association Florilegium will collaborate with RCM singers and alumnae at this year’s Bath International Music Festival.

RCM musicians made YCAT Artists

Tuesday 21 May 2013

RCM violinist Ben Baker and baritone Morgan Pearse have been announced as Young Classical Artists Trust (YCAT) Artists 2013.


Monday 20 May 2013

On Thursday 23 May comes one of the a highlights of the RCM’s year – a performance of Messiaen’s Turangalîla-Symphonie by the RCM Symphony Orchestra at the Royal Festival Hall...

Successes at the English Song Competition

Thursday 23 May 2013

RCM pianist Jennifer Hughes and RCM singer Bradley Travis have both enjoyed success at the Patricia Routledge National English Song Competition 2013.

The Science of Music

Friday 17 May 2013

In a new series for BBC Radio 4, RCM Chairman Professor Robert Winston seeks to fully understand our relationship with the power of sound.

Zone One Brass on Radio 2

Friday 10 May 2013

Brass Band in Residence Zone One Brass has played live on the Chris Evans Breakfast Show as part of 2Day.

Trombone success

Friday 10 May 2013

RCM Junior Department trombonist Jasper Rose has won the British Trombone Society Carol Jarvis Jazz Competition.

The President's Award

Thursday 9 May 2013

HRH The Prince of Wales celebrated 20 years as President of the Royal College of Music by endorsing a brand-new honour, The President’s Award.

Ben Baker wins RPS Emily Anderson Prize

Wednesday 1 May 2013

RCM violinist Ben Baker has been awarded the Royal Philharmonic Society’s Emily Anderson Prize...

Ferrier Success for Louise Alder

Monday 29 April 2013

RCM soprano Louise Alder has been awarded second prize at the prestigious Kathleen Ferrier Awards...

Britten Intercollegiate Competition

Thursday 25 April 2013

The Vasara Quartet has won joint first prize at the Britten Intercollegiate String Quartet Competition.


Monday 22 April 2013

This May, English National Ballet is premiering five brand new dance works created in collaboration with composers from the Royal College of Music.

Super String Sunday

Wednesday 17 April 2013

On Sunday 21 April the RCM’s doors will once again be thrown open for our annual string celebration Super String Sunday, which this year tracks the progress of Mark Messenger's London Marathon run.

Stephen Dodgson

Wednesday 17 April 2013

We were sorry to hear of the death of RCM alumnus, former professor and RCM Fellow Stephen Dodgson, composer and champion of the classical guitar.

Sir Colin Davis

Monday 15 April 2013

We were very sorry to hear of the death of RCM alumnus Sir Colin Davis on Sunday 14 April 2013.

Jacob and Horovitz: Composers of the Week

Monday 15 April 2013

For an entire week, BBC Radio 3 is showcasing the music of two much-loved RCM composers.

Michael Gough Matthews

Thursday 11 April 2013

We are very sorry to report the death of Vice-President and former RCM Director, Michael Gough Matthews, on Thursday 11 April 2013.

RCM Summer Events

Wednesday 10 April 2013

Booking is now open for the RCM's summer season: more than 100 events showcasing some of the world’s very best young musical talent.

In Visible Soundscapes

Tuesday 9 April 2013

Two RCM composers are providing the soundtrack to an intriguing new sculpture exhibition at the Royal British Society of Sculptors.

Performance Simulator on Radio 3

Monday 8 April 2013

The Royal College of Music’s performance simulator has been featured on BBC Radio 3’s Music Matters.


Success for Ben at Windsor Festival International String Competition

Tuesday 26 March 2013

RCM violinist Ben Baker has triumphed at the prestigious Fourth Windsor Festival International String Competition by winning both the First Prize and the Audience Prize.

RCM musicians perform for royalty in Qatar

Friday 15 March 2013

Musicians from the RCM have performed for royalty during a recent visit to Qatar.

RCM Competition Successes

Wednesday 13 March 2013

RCM musicians Jennifer Hughes, Sinead O'Kelly and Ian Tindale have all enjoyed success in recent competitions.

Radio appearances by RCM singers

Tuesday 12 March 2013

RCM Singers have appeared on BBC Radio 3 and Resonance FM to discuss the London Handel Festival / RCM production of Imeneo.

Francoise-Green Piano Duo win ROSL Ensemble Prize

Friday 8 March 2013

RCM alumni the Françoise-Green Piano Duo have won the Ensemble Prize in the Royal Overseas League Music Competition.

Success for Michael in ROSL Competition

Monday 25 February 2013

RCM violinist Michael Foyle has continued a winning streak by RCM musicians in the prestigious Royal Over-Seas League Music Competition by triumphing in the String Section.

Ashkenazy Live

Thursday 21 February 2013

This Wednesday, the RCM is offering a worldwide audience the chance to witness the RCM Symphony Orchestra’s highly-anticipated upcoming concert with Vladimir Ashkenazy.

Royal Over-Seas League Competition

Monday 18 February 2013

RCM baritone Morgan Pearse has been awarded the top prize in the Singers Section of the Royal Over-Seas League Music Competition.

Go Green Week, 11-15 February

Tuesday 12 February 2013

This week, the RCM will be taking part in Go Green Week, People and Planet’s annual national week of action on climate change in schools, colleges and universities.

RCM Musicians featured on BBC Two

Monday 11 February 2013

RCM pianist Emmanuelle Fleurot, RCM doctoral student Anne Marie Christensen and RCM Quartet in Association the Sacconi Quartet appear in Howard Goodall’s new programme ‘The Story of Music’.

Raising & Giving Week 2013

Monday 4 February 2013

The week of 4-8 February 2013 is RCM RAG Week 2013 - a full week of charity events organised by the RCM Students’ Association.

Lang Lang Music World

Friday 1 February 2013

Professor Vanessa Latarche has been appointed Vice Chairman of Lang Lang Music World.

Lark Insurance Scholarship

Wednesday 30 January 2013

A new scholarship for RCM students has been established thanks to the generosity of Lark Insurance.

The RCM celebrates Lutoslawski's centenary

Friday 25 January 2013

The RCM is marking the centenary of composer Witold Lutoslawski, one of the 20th century’s most iconic musical figures.

The Scalpel and the Bow

Monday 14 January 2013

Head of Performance Science Professor Aaron Williamon has featured on the popular BBC Radio 3 series Between the Ears.

A tribute to Raenelda MacKie

Thursday 10 January 2013

Richard Langham Smith pays tribute to RCM doctoral student Raenelda MacKie, who passed away in December...

Open Orchestra

Thursday 3 January 2013

The RCM has been involved in developing the Open Orchestra project, a new schools music programme bringing together children from special and mainstream schools.

The RCM’s art collection: now available online

Tuesday 18 December 2012

Paintings at the Royal College of Music can now be viewed online for the first time.

Gareth Davies appointed RCM flute professor

Wednesday 12 December 2012

We are delighted to announce the appointment of Gareth Davies as flute professor at the RCM

Spring events at the RCM

Tuesday 11 December 2012

Booking for the RCM's spring season of events is now open.

Masterclass with Sir James Galway

Tuesday 27 November 2012

Sir James Galway - one of the RCM’s most celebrated alumni - returns to the College to give a flute masterclass on Thursday 29 November.

Monteverdi at the RCM

Tuesday 20 November 2012

Next week the RCM's latest opera production will be unveiled: a brand new production of Monteverdi’s L’incoronazione di Poppea.

Double Win for RCM Composers

Monday 19 November 2012

RCM alumni have scooped both awards at the Soundtrack_Cologne 9.0 award ceremony - one of Europe’s leading festivals of sound and media.

Success for Yuki

Friday 16 November 2012

RCM cellist Yuki Ito has been named as a Second Prize winner at the highly prestigious Young Concert Artists International Auditions in New York.

Lang Lang's Story

Tuesday 13 November 2012

The RCM has appeared in a feature-length documentary about star pianist Lang Lang.

Elliott Carter, 1908-2012

Thursday 8 November 2012

We are saddened to learn of the death of American composer Elliott Carter (1908-2012), one of the most significant composers of recent times.

Success for Yoshio Hamano

Wednesday 7 November 2012

RCM pianist Yoshio Hamano has been awarded First Prize at the Nordic International Piano Competition in Sweden.

Florilegium featured on BBC Radio 3

Monday 5 November 2012

The Royal College of Music’s Ensemble in Association Florilegium has been featured in BBC Radio 3’s Early Music Show.

Welcoming Professor Sokolov

Wednesday 31 October 2012

Professor Alexander Sokolov, Rector of Moscow Conservatory, has been welcomed to the RCM to sign and re-affirm our memorandum of agreement.

Hans Werner Henze HonDMus 1926-2012

Tuesday 30 October 2012

We note with regret the death of German composer, Hans Werner Henze.

Pavel Kolesnikov wins Honens International Piano Competition

Monday 29 October 2012

RCM pianist Pavel Kolesnikov has won the highly prestigious Honens International Piano Competition.

Success for Wonhee Bae

Tuesday 23 October 2012

Recent RCM graduate Wonhee Bae has won the Ocean Classical Awards 2012.

Debut CD from Yuki Ito

Monday 22 October 2012

Cellist Yuki Ito, an RCM Masters student, has released his debut CD.

In Praise of Conservatoires

Friday 19 October 2012

The Guardian newspaper has spoken out in praise of UK conservatoires...

Success for So Yeong Kim

Wednesday 17 October 2012

RCM pianist So Yeong Kim has been selected for this year’s Foyle Future Firsts Programme with the London Philharmonic Orchestra.

One Man's War

Wednesday 10 October 2012

A BBC Radio 4 documentary casts new light on musical life in wartime Britain, with the help of some special documents held in the RCM's archive...

Apply now for International Auditions

Monday 1 October 2012

Apply now for auditions in South Korea and Japan - the deadline is fast approaching!

Success for Cavaleri Quartet

Monday 1 October 2012

The Cavaleri Quartet, founded at the RCM, has triumphed at the second ICMC International Chamber Music Competition in Hamburg.

The Tri-borough Music Hub

Friday 28 September 2012

On Tuesday 25 September the Royal Albert Hall hosted the launch of the new Tri-borough Music Hub, supported by Arts Council England...

Death of a Musical Genius

Friday 28 September 2012

In October, RCM musicians and academic are once again helping to commemorate the centenary of the death of RCM alumnus Samuel Coleridge-Taylor...

How to Prepare a Piano

Monday 24 September 2012

RCM Piano Supervisor and Technician Chris Moulton featured in BBC Radio 3’s ‘Preparing a Piano’ on Saturday 22 September.

Welcoming Sian Edwards

Friday 21 September 2012

RCM favourite Sian Edwards replaces John Wilson as conductor of the RCM Symphony Orchestra in a very special programme...

2012/13 Junior Fellows announced

Wednesday 12 September 2012

RCM Director Professor Colin Lawson has announced an impressive list of Junior Fellows for the 2012/13 academic year

Success for Yuki in Leipzig

Tuesday 11 September 2012

Congratulations to cellist Yuki Ito who has won the European Young Concert Artists Competition in Leipzig.

Celebrating Benjamin Britten

Tuesday 11 September 2012

The Britten-Pears Foundation has unveiled details of the centenary celebrations for RCM alumnus Benjamin Britten.

Santander International Piano Competition

Monday 10 September 2012

Pianist Samson Tsoy has become a Laureate of the prestigious XVII Santander International Piano Competition Paloma O’Shea in Spain.

Paraorchestra closes Paralympics

Monday 10 September 2012

We are delighted to announce that three RCM alumni performed in the Closing Ceremony of the Paralympics on Sunday 9 September.

Aspen Music Festival Concerto Competition

Monday 10 September 2012

Violinist Hannah Tarley has won the Aspen Music Festival’s Concerto Competition 2012.

Baroque Opera Success

Monday 10 September 2012

Recent graduates baritone Edward Grint and counter tenor Jake Arditti have been awarded major prizes in the Cesti International Baroque Opera Singing Competition in Innsbruck. 

24 Violons at Cadogan Hall

Thursday 26 July 2012

Sir Roger Norrington has conducted the RCM Baroque Orchestra at a spectacular concert at Cadogan Hall as part of the BBC Proms.

Arne Wins RPS Award

Thursday 26 July 2012

Composer Arne Gieshoff has been awarded the coveted Royal Philharmonic Society Composition Prize for 2012.

Guitar Success in Liechtenstein

Wednesday 25 July 2012

Guitarists Laura Snowden and Tom Ellis have won First Prize in the Liechtenstein International Guitar Duo Competition.

Honorary Awards Announced

Thursday 19 July 2012

The RCM is pleased to announce a number of honorary awards on individuals who have made an exceptional contribution to life at the RCM and the wider musical community.

Tea at the House of Lords

Friday 13 July 2012

Professor Lord Winston, the RCM Chairman, invited members of the RCM Chamber Choir for a special tea at the House of Lords...

An Honorary Doctorate for Bryn

Friday 13 July 2012

The RCM has awarded an Honorary Doctorate to bass-baritone Bryn Terfel...

Prize Win in Portugal

Friday 13 July 2012

Pianist Vasco Dantas Rocha has won First Prize at the XIII International Piano Competition “Cidade do Fundão” 2012 in Portugal.

High Praise for Haitink at the RCM

Thursday 28 June 2012

Bernard Haitink’s two performances of Bruckner’s Symphony no 8 with the RCM Symphony Orchestra have been attracting rave reviews...

Success for Sujin!

Monday 18 June 2012

Sujin Park has won First Prize in the Jeunesses International Violin Competition in Bucharest.

Geza Anda International Piano Competition

Wednesday 13 June 2012

Elmar Gasanov has won 3rd prize in the prestigious Géza Anda International Piano Competition in Zurich.

RCMJD students perform for HM The Queen

Monday 11 June 2012

Several students from the RCM Junior Department have performed for HM The Queen with the NCO

Composition Successes

Friday 1 June 2012

The RCM’s composition faculty is celebrating a host of fantastic achievements by its students this term…

Singing in the Rain!

Thursday 31 May 2012

Torrential rain didn't stop the Royal College of Music Chamber Choir entertaining the crowds at the Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant...

Britain's greenest conservatoire

Tuesday 29 May 2012

For the third year running, the RCM has been named the UK's greenest conservatoire...

Competition Success for Oxana Shevchenko

Monday 21 May 2012

Oxana Shevchenko was awarded 1st prize and the audience prize at the Sheepdrove Intercollegiate Piano Competition this Sunday

Michael the Maestro Mentor

Sunday 20 May 2012

RCM Director of Opera Michael Rosewell has been appearing on our screens in the BBC series "Maestro at the Opera"...

Hubert Dawkes

Thursday 17 May 2012

We report with great sadness the death of Hubert Dawkes, a much loved and highly respected keyboard professor at the RCM...

Laura is Young Musician 2012

Monday 14 May 2012

RCM Junior Department student Laura van der Heijden has been crowned BBC Young Musician 2012...

Woodwind Masterclasses

Thursday 3 May 2012

This summer, the RCM woodwind faculty is welcoming some of the classical music world's most distinguished performers...

The Best of the New

Thursday 3 May 2012

This month, two thrilling RCM concerts showcase the very best new music from around the world...

Success for Sophie!

Wednesday 2 May 2012

RCM alumna Sophie Bevan has won the Sky Arts South Bank Show “Breakthrough Award”...

Dr John Birch

Wednesday 2 May 2012

Dr John Birch, senior professor of organ at the RCM for many years, has died.

Success for Consort Audite Nova

Monday 30 April 2012

"Consort Audite Nova" won joint First Prize in the Sir Anthony Lewis Memorial Prize Competition on Tuesday 3rd April, 2012

The RCM and the Royal River

Monday 30 April 2012

The RCM Library's Anne Boleyn manuscript has been included in the National Maritime Museum’s latest exhibition.

Live on Radio 3

Monday 30 April 2012

On Friday 27 April, the RCM Baroque Orchestra and Soloists appeared on BBC Radio 3's "In Tune" to promote a very special concert...

RCM International Piano Course

Friday 27 April 2012

Book now to secure your place on the RCM International Piano Course!

Mark Messenger - Marathon Man

Tuesday 24 April 2012

RCM Head of Strings Mark Messenger has run his seventh London Marathon, raising thousands of pounds for talented RCM students...

Leopold de Rothschild

Friday 20 April 2012

With deep regret we report the death on Thursday 19 April of Leopold de Rothschild CBE, FRCM

David Willetts praises "great" RCM

Thursday 19 April 2012

In a major speech, universities minister David Willetts MP has been singing the praises of the Royal College of Music...

BBC Young Musician 2012

Tuesday 17 April 2012

No fewer than five brilliantly talented RCM musicians have made it through to the category finals of the BBC Young Musician 2012...


Monday 16 April 2012

This June, an innovative three-day conference will explore the meeting point between arts and sciences...

Peter Graeme FRCM

Tuesday 10 April 2012

Peter (Timmy) Graeme, oboe professor at the RCM for many years, has died

Give it Back, George

Thursday 5 April 2012

The RCM is backing a campaign to protect tax relief for large-scale donations to charities...

2012 Rod Williams Memorial Concert

Tuesday 3 April 2012

The RCM was pleased to welcome Nigel Woolner and Keith Pickering, representatives of the Mills Williams Foundation, to a concert on 16 March

Sir George Blunden FRCM

Thursday 29 March 2012

Former RCM Deputy Chairman Sir George Blunden FRCM has died at the age of 89...

Success in Serbia

Tuesday 27 March 2012

Two RCM pianists were successful at the 6th Isidor Bajic Piano Memorial Competition in Serbia this year.

The Spirit of Schubert

Monday 26 March 2012

Royal College of Music performers and researchers have been participating in “The Spirit of Schubert”, BBC Radio 3’s eight-day celebration of Franz Schubert...

From Indiana to Kensington

Monday 26 March 2012

This March, we were delighted to welcome three vocal students from the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University...

The President's Visit 2012

Thursday 15 March 2012

On Wednesday 14 March, HRH The Prince of Wales visited the Royal College of Music, where in his role as President of the RCM, he presented special honours at the College’s annual awards ceremony...

In Tune with Riccardo Primo

Friday 16 March 2012

The London Handel Festival’s production of Handel's Riccardo Primo at the RCM starring RCM students was featured on yesterday’s In Tune on BBC Radio 3. 

Patrick Bashford HonRCM

Tuesday 6 March 2012

Patrick Bashford HonRCM, former professor of classical guitar at the Royal College of Music, has died at the age of 82.

Easy with Philip Achille

Monday 5 March 2012

Recent RCM graduate Philip Achille was on the Jonathan Ross Show this weekend playing harmonica for Lionel Richie.

Disc of the Week

Monday 5 March 2012

RCM Head of Historical Performance Ashley Solomon has scored a success with his new Vivaldi CD.

Figaro Comes to the RCM

Thursday 23 February 2012

The RCM International Opera School is delighted to announce its summer production: Mozart’s "Le Nozze di Figaro" (The Marriage of Figaro).

Composer Successes

Thursday 23 February 2012

This year has already seen a number of successes for composers at the RCM…

The Life of Schumann

Wednesday 22 February 2012

The Life of Schumann by Visiting Research Fellow Michael Musgrave (FRCM) was published in May 2011 by Cambridge University Press in its ‘Musical Lives’ Series.

Martha's 'Romanze' on BBC Radio 3

Friday 17 February 2012

RCM alumna mezzo soprano Martha Jones’s recording of Schubert’s ‘Romanze’ is being broadcast at 2pm on BBC Radio 3 on Friday 17 February.

Raising and Giving Week 2012

Thursday 9 February 2012

From 13 to 17 February, RCM students will once again be working hard to raise money for charity.

Ruby's Manchester Debut

Friday 3 February 2012

RCM alumna Ruby Hughes is making her concert debut with the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra on Friday 3 February, which will be broadcast on BBC Radio 3.

The Father of New Zealand Opera

Thursday 26 January 2012

The Royal College of Music is sad to learn of the death of RCM alumni Donald Munro, the “Father of New Zealand Opera”.

RCM graduate becomes an internet sensation!

Tuesday 24 January 2012

A video of viola player Lukas Smit's reaction to a mobile phone has become an internet hit...

Mark Messenger's Musical Marathon

Thursday 19 January 2012

RCM Head of Strings Mark Messenger is running his seventh London Marathon in April this year, in aid of the RCM's students.

The RCM - Bringing People Together!

Monday 16 January 2012

Our 2012 series of concert across London got off to a magnificent start, courtesy of a mystery man and a secret special request...

Going Underground to Cut Carbon

Friday 13 January 2012

The Royal College of Music is taking part in a pioneering scheme designed to slash the carbon emissions of some of the UK’s leading cultural organisations.

New Year's Honours

Friday 6 January 2012

We offer warm congratulations to the many musicians whose achievements have been recognised in the New Year’s Honours list. 

Alan Rowlands

Wednesday 4 January 2012

We are sorry to report the death on 2 January of Alan Rowlands

Brilliant Bizet!

Tuesday 20 December 2011

Two of the UK's leading opera critics have praised the RCM International Opera School's latest production...

Turtle Song

Monday 19 December 2011

In 2011, one of the RCM's acclaimed projects began its nationwide roll-out...

Lara Live!

Wednesday 14 December 2011

JD pianist and BBC Young Musician 2010 Lara Melda performs live on BBC Radio 3.

Dame Joan Sutherland Exhibition at Royal Opera House

Thursday 10 November 2011

The Royal Opera House Collections has just launched a new exhibition about legendary soprano and RCM alumna Dame Joan Sutherland.

Building a Library

Thursday 10 November 2011

Professor Colin Lawson, Director of the RCM, will be discussing the Brahms Clarinet Quintet on BBC Radio 3’s Building a Library on Saturday 3 December.

Creativity and Curiosity

Thursday 10 November 2011

The Independent Online has published a blog by RCM director Professor Colin Lawson, following his participation in the keynote debate at the Institute of Idea’s Battle of Ideas Festival.


Strictly RCM!

Wednesday 9 November 2011

RCM movement coach Desiree Kongerod will be performing on BBC1's flagship entertainment show Strictly Come Dancing...

Russian Pianists' Successes

Wednesday 9 November 2011

Last weekend two Russian RCM pianists were awarded prizes at major international piano competitions.

RCMJD pianists at the Southbank Centre and Wigmore Hall

Monday 7 November 2011

This autumn, pianists from the RCM Junior Department (RCMJD) performed in two of London’s most prestigious venues.

Living Song

Thursday 3 November 2011

The RCM Junior Department's David Sutton-Anderson has written an article for the magazine of the National Association of Music Educators about the ground-breaking composition and choral project, Living Song.

Two Magical Sopranos

Monday 31 October 2011

In 2012, two recent RCM graduates will be performing in high profile productions of Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte (”The Magic Flute”).

RCM Orchestras Out and About

Monday 31 October 2011

This autumn, in addition to presenting our usual packed orchestral season here at the Royal College of Music, we are sending our orchestras out and about to perform at a number of venues across the south of England.

Infernal Dance

Friday 28 October 2011

In 2011, the RCM is once again collaborating with the Philharmonia Orchestra on a flagship series of events...

Tales from the Stave

Wednesday 26 October 2011

A recent episode of the BBC Radio 4 show Tales from the Stave examines the manuscripts of two of former RCM Director Hubert Parry’s most famous works: I was Glad and Jerusalem.

By Special Invitation...

Wednesday 26 October 2011

This month, RCM performers were invited to perform in two prestigious concert series in south west London.

Wigmore Hall Success for RCM Singer

Monday 24 October 2011

Congratulations to mezzo-soprano Anna Huntley, who has been awarded the Wigmore Hall / Independent Opera Voice Fellowship

Professorship for Vanessa Latarche

Monday 24 October 2011

Head of Keyboard Vanessa Latarche has been appointed to the additional title of Professor of International Keyboard Studies...

First Prize for RCM Singer

Monday 17 October 2011

Congratulations to RCM soprano Abigail Mitchell who won first prize in the International "Vokal Genial" competition in Munich with the Munich Radio Orchestra at the weekend

RCM welcomes Universities Minister

Friday 14 October 2011

On Monday 10 October, we were pleased to welcome to the RCM the Right Honourable David Willetts MP, Minister of State for Universities and Science...

Special Award for RCM Singer

Wednesday 5 October 2011

Congratulations to Australian baritone Morgan Pearse who has been awarded AUD 20,000 by the Australian Music Foundation, following his successful audition at Wigmore Hall.

Brahms in the Home

Tuesday 11 October 2011

This November, a conference and concert series shed light on a vital but little-explored facet of 19th-century music-making...

Composition Successes

Wednesday 5 October 2011

Two RCM composers have received prestigious awards and commissions from international competitions and festivals…

Honorary DMus for jazz piano professor

Thursday 29 September 2011

RCM jazz piano professor Mike Moran has been awarded an Honorary DMus by the Arts and Media faculty at Southampton Solent University

International Symposium on Performance Science 2011

Wednesday 28 September 2011

The third International Symposium on Performance Science (ISPS) has been hosted by the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Music on 24 to 27 August

100% employability for RCM graduates

Friday 23 September 2011

According to a study carried out by the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA), RCM graduates are more likely to find employment than those of any other UK conservatoire

Who do you think you are?

Tuesday 13 September 2011

A new BBC1 documentary shed light on the fascinating life of 19th century industrialist Samson Fox, who played a key role in the early life of the Royal College of Music...

Vocal Faculty Open Door

Monday 5 September 2011

A brand new initiative from the RCM gives aspiring singers the chance to maximise their chances of audition success...

Special Prize for RCM Singer

Tuesday 30 August 2011

Countertenor Rupert Enticknap has been awarded a special prize at one of Europe's most prestigious singing competitions...

RCM Singer triumphs in France

Wednesday 24 August 2011

Soprano Robyn Parton has scooped a major award at one of Europe's top competitions for young singers...

RCM pianist triumphs in Cleveland

Monday 8 August 2011

Current student Alexey Chernov has won Second Prize at the Cleveland International Piano Competition

Celebrating six years of Musicians of the Future

Friday 29 July 2011

The flagship project run in partnership with the RCM and the RBKC celebrates this imporant landmark

A Big Bash!

Tuesday 26 July 2011

The inaugural RCM Festival of Percussion, which took place on Sunday 10 July 2011, has been acclaimed as a great success...

Double Success for RCM composer

Tuesday 26 July 2011

Composer and RCM alumnus Mark Bowden has been appointed to positions at two of the UK's leading cultural organisations...

RCM composers keep busy in 2012

Tuesday 26 July 2011

Two RCM composers have landed prestigious commissions for 2012 from leading UK organisations...

Gulu Brass Project 2012

Monday 25 July 2011

In 2012, a group of RCM musicians are heading to Uganda to work on a very special project...

2011 Ernest Bloch Competition

Monday 25 July 2011

RCM performers have walked off with the top two prizes in the 2011 Ernest Bloch Music Competition...

President's Visit 2011

Wednesday 22 June 2011

On Thursday 12 May, HRH The Prince of Wales made his annual visit to the Royal College of Music...

Treasures from the RCM Collections

Wednesday 22 June 2011

Ingrid Pearson, Deputy Head of the Graduate School, has recently given a lecture as part of the Gresham College Lecture Series.

Refurbishing the RCM Museum

Wednesday 22 June 2011

We are delighted to announce that we are investing in a refurbishment of our famous Museum of Instruments...

Multiple triumphs for RCM performers

Wednesday 22 June 2011

RCM performers have almost swept the board at this year's Royal Over-Seas League Music Competition...

60th Birthday Celebrations

Monday 6 June 2011

Junior Department alumnus and renowned cellist Julian Lloyd Webber has been celebrating his 60th birthday this year with a series of special concerts.

Double String Success

Monday 6 June 2011

RCM performers have snapped up the top two prizes in the prestigious Windsor Festival International String Competition...