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RCM International Week Celebrates Diversity

Tuesday 29 November 2016


The RCM Students' Union has hosted the Royal College of Music’s first International Week to celebrate its diverse student body from more than 60 countries.

Students were invited to join in with Latin dancing, samba drumming and Kung Fu workshops, take part in a discussion on Brexit, and enjoy food and drink from around the world in events including a Bavarian Night, a pop-up Korean street food stand and a Thanksgiving Lunch.

RCM violinist Emma Quan said 'I was really glad to see the College offering a session explaining Brexit. As an international student, I hope it helps to understand what's going on.'

Korean Food being served to RCM staff and students

We were also thrilled to welcome three principal members of the Chamber Orchestra of Europe (COE) to work with our musicians in a series of masterclasses and to perform Mendelssohn’s Symphony no 5 with the RCM Chamber Orchestra.

Mats Zetterqvist, COE’S principal second violin said 'The atmosphere at the RCM is extremely open-minded and friendly, and the students are very adaptable and quick to learn, with lots of musicality.' While Kai Frömbgen commented 'In music we all find one language together. Internationalism is a key part of the nature of the Chamber Orchestra of Europe, and a quality in of itself of the ensemble'.

Members of the Chamber Orchestra of Europe in rehearsal with the RCM Chamber Orchestra

The RCM is recognised as a world-class conservatoire and our international community is a major contributor to this. Look out for future international visits and exciting collaborations with the announcement of the RCM’s Spring Season on 7 November.