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James May opens Prince Consort Village

Wednesday 29 June 2016


The Royal College of Music's new hall of residence in the heart of west London, Prince Consort Village, has been officially opened by television personality James May.

Best known as a co-presenter of motoring series Top Gear, James May is a music graduate and a local resident to PCV. He drew from his own passion for music when addressing RCM staff, students and guests, commenting that music is a 'universal language’ and highlighting the increasingly important role that creative musicians play in today’s society.

Professor Colin Lawson CBE, added that 'accommodation is now a vital benchmark by which prospective students assess institutions and PCV's state-of-the-art facilities are among the finest offered by any music conservatoire in the world.'‌

Prince Consort Village is specifically tailored to the needs of RCM musicians and includes acoustically treated bedrooms for student practice, 23 large additional dedicated practice rooms (available 24/7) and a variety of informal performance spaces. In addition to bespoke creative facilities, PCV residents have access to all of the modern amenities (such as free WiFi, iPads, a cinema room) that a 21st century student needs. The accommodation is within easy travelling distance of the RCM’s South Kensington home.

PCV is a joint initiative of the RCM and Campus Living Villages. For further details please visit the Prince Consort Village website.