Upbeat - the magazine for the Royal College of Music

Since 1904, the Royal College of Music has published a regular magazine celebrating the achievements of its students, graduates and staff. Under its current title Upbeat, the magazine is not only bigger and brighter than ever before, but distributed worldwide and read by key figures across the music industry.

The latest issue of Upbeat can be viewed above, or pdfs of previous issues can be downloaded below.

Upbeat is published seasonally, coinciding with our autumn, spring and summer terms. Any students, graduates and staff of the RCM can submit details of their latest news to the Upbeat newsdesk: simply send your stories - and any good photos - to news@rcm.ac.uk. If you're a graduate, please also let us know when you studied here and what your principal study was.

Please note, we cannot guarantee to include everything we receive and that we reserve the right to edit any submissions.

The final deadline for the next (summer) issue is Monday 27 April 2015. We look forward to hearing from you! 

Upbeat - Previous Editions

Upbeat Spring 2015 (6,073 kb)

In this issue: RCM musicians take part in a project to re-enact the 1913 recording of Beethoven's Fifth onto wax disc, the RCM enjoys success in the Research Excellence Framework, and Senior Recording Engineer Matt Parkin explains the technological advances enhancing teaching at the RCM.

Upbeat Autumn 2014 (5,131 kb)

In this issue: the RCM stars in two BBC TV programmes: Celebrity MasterChef and The Honourable Woman, RCM alumni tell Upbeat how they've developed their musical careers after graduation, and the Woodhouse Professional Development Centre turns 15 with a series of varied events.

Upbeat Summer 2014 (5,952 kb)

In this issue: Artist Hugo Dalton and Museum Curator Gabriele Rossi Rognoni discuss the transformation of the RCM Museum of Music, Bostonian bookseller Jane Wilson tells us why she's donated two rare woodwind instruments to the Museum, and Upbeat finds out about the latest news from the Library and Museum.

Upbeat Spring 2014 (4,172 kb)

In this issue: RCM composers and professors talk about their latest inspiring cross-art collaboration with the Royal Academy of Arts, Artistic Director Stephen Johns reveals details of the RCM's latest orchestral project with the Philharmonia Orchestra and RCM violinist Joo Yeon Sir talks about the diverse spaces she's had the opportunity to perform in.

Upbeat Autumn 2013 (2,907 kb)

In this issue: Director of Research Amanda Glauert explains why research is so important to the RCM, doctoral students, Randall Scotting & Claire Bracher, discuss their fascination with uncovering lesser known baroque works and find out about the Listening Experience Database - the world's first database documenting the impact of music on people's lives.

Upbeat Summer 2013 (3,904 kb)

Celebrating the 20th anniversary of HRH The Prince of Wales: meet the first recipient of the President's Award, Ruairi Glasheen, and delve into our photo archive of his visits over the past 20 years.

Upbeat Spring 2013 (5,072 kb)

In this issue: Professor Aaron Williamon tells Upbeat about his performance simulator for musicians, Peter Hewitt reminisces over 22 years as Director of the RCM's Junior Department and Chelsea Pensioner David Poultney talks about his love of singing and why he supports the RCM

Upbeat Autumn 2012 (6,933 kb)

In this issue: RCM students share their experiences of studying abroad, Communications Director Sue Sturrock reminisces over 18 years at the College, and Nigel Brotherton explains why John Lewis is keen to support scholarships and RCM Sparks.

Upbeat Summer 2012 (9,568 kb)

In this issue: Chief Exec of Exhibition Road Cultural Group Paul Cutts and SA President Charles Bradley tell Upbeat what it means to be part of Exhibition Road.

Upbeat Spring 2012 (6,875 kb)

A French-themed issue: Prof Richard Langham Smith sheds light on two Debussy world premieres given at the RCM while profs Sophie-Veronique Cauchefer Choplin and Jean-Philippe Calvin talk about teaching at the RCM and music life on both sides of the channel.

Upbeat Autumn 2011 (4,343 kb)

In this issue: Celebrating the 25th anniversary of the Britten Theatre. Hear from mezzo-soprano Sarah Connolly and Chairman of the Centenary Appeal Leopold de Rothschild on their memories of the Theatre.

Upbeat Summer 2011 (6,288 kb)

In this issue: keyboard legend Rick Wakeman relives his time spent studying at the RCM, Chief Librarian Pam Thompson reminisces over 43 years working at the College, and Resident Luthier David Hume reveals the treasures of the RCM's string instrument collection.

Upbeat Spring 2011 (4,416 kb)

In this issue: a Junior Department special! Meet winner of BBC Young Musicians 2010 Lara Melda, recent graduate Kevin Satizabal, and students on our Sparks Juniors scheme, which spots raw musical talent among children from the local area.

> View older editions of Upbeat, dating back to 2008.