Vocal News


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. 

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.

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.

Inside Opera: Live

Friday 9 May 2014

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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. 

 

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...

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.

Bach Singers Prize

Monday 11 November 2013

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

Ferrier Bursary Success

Tuesday 29 October 2013

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

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.

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.

RCM Competition Successes

Monday 2 September 2013

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Dean & Chadlington Singing Competition

Monday 1 July 2013

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Ferrier Success for Louise Alder

Monday 29 April 2013

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

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.

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 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.

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.

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.

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.

Apply now for International Auditions

Monday 1 October 2012

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

Celebrating Benjamin Britten

Tuesday 11 September 2012

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

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. 

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...

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...

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"...

Success for Sophie!

Wednesday 2 May 2012

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

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...

Leopold de Rothschild

Friday 20 April 2012

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

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. 

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).

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.

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”.

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. 

Brilliant Bizet!

Tuesday 20 December 2011

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

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.

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.

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

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

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...

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

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...

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...

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...