The RCM campus is now open with social distancing measures in place for individual music-making, one-to-one teaching and RCM Library ‘click and collect’ service. During the summer, most professional services continue to operate remotely.
The health and wellbeing of the RCM community is our top priority and protective measures have been put in place to help ensure the safest possible use of the building at this time. We will continue to monitor the situation closely, reducing or increasing access and activities in the building as appropriate.
We expect the full range of College facilities to be operational by September 2020. Our focus will be on providing space for music-making activities on campus and in-person delivery of as many activities as possible. To support this, we are planning a flexible curriculum for the autumn that will enable students to benefit from our world-leading teaching and facilities while keeping safe, as well as taking advantage of our digital learning environment.
From September, we will be resuming our performance programme with social distancing measures in place. We will facilitate student music-making both with classmates and the roster of celebrated visiting artists who will be coming to the College to work with us. The programme includes a wide range of solo and chamber music, moving to orchestral repertoire, festivals and fully staged operas in the spring.
Some of these projects will use blended approaches to learning with both live and digital interaction, harnessing all the additional benefits that online resources can bring. Our online concert series will continue with specially commissioned films and an expanded programme of streaming and recording to share our performances, masterclasses and other activities with global audiences.
By January 2021 we are planning to return to teaching all classes onsite, except where we think digital delivery is better for students.
The Royal College of Music is a highly creative and adaptable community of exceptional students, professors and staff.
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