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Our strategies, values & governance

Students in front of the Royal College of Music
The Royal College of Music is one of the world’s greatest conservatoires. True to our founders' intentions, we teach exceptional students from all backgrounds and cultures, encouraging music as an artform, as well as enriching our society and shared experiences.

An important aspect of music is undoubtedly its ability to bring people together, promoting unity rather than division. With a student cohort numbering some 60 nationalities, the Royal College of Music is determined to play its part.

Learning from the past enables us to create an ambitious future. After almost 140 years, the RCM is still true to its founding principles of access, excellence and advocacy. We believe music can make positive change and transform lives, now more than ever. We remain strong, ready to adapt to the changes necessary to secure the future of music through reinvigoration.

Every autumn the Royal College of Music produces an Annual Review of its activities, successes and finances for the previous academic year.