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Visiting the RCM

Two Junior Department students, one carrying a double bass, arrive at College
Visiting the RCMJD is by application only and is a friendly and informal way to get to know more about what we do before making an application. Joining us on one of our visit days will give you the opportunity to observe rehearsals, classes and informal performance; tour the building; and speak to current RCMJD students and parents.

Booking is required. Doors open at 8.30am and booked students can dip into the various activities that interest them. A timetable of activities will be circulated to booked students a few days before the visit. Visit days finish at 5pm.

Visit Days in 2019-20

All our visit days for the 2019-20 academic year have now taken place. Dates for the 2020-21 academic year will be published on this page by the end of September 2020.

Information about Visit Days

Please note that attendance at a visit day is not compulsory before applying to the Junior Department, as a later opportunity will be provided for successful auditionees to visit the department before the response to offer deadline.

Advance booking

Advance booking is necessary as space is limited. Places are allocated on a first-come, first served basis depending on your age and the instrument you study.


Parents (only one per visiting student please) are welcome in the building though may not be able to sit in on all observation activities for reasons of space.

Observing one-to-one lessons

One-to-one lessons cannot be observed on a visit day, though a Performers Platform from 3-5pm offers a chance to observe students presenting solo (and sometimes chamber) repertoire in a masterclass-type setting.


Instruments are not needed on a visit day. This is an observational day and we regret that we cannot involve you in any practical music-making activities that will require an instrument. You'll have to wait until audition to show us how brilliant you are!

These are the only days on which we can offer prospective students/parents the chance to visit. If you are unable to make any of the dates then you can always come to see one of our concerts.


Lunch, if required, can be purchased in our canteen but you are also welcome to bring your own packed lunch to eat there.

About your application to attend our Visit Day

Though we can't acknowledge receipt of your application (there are so many applications and we'd rather spend the time making sure you have a great visit), we will aim to let you know whether we can accommodate you within two weeks of submitting your visit application or at least one week in advance of the visit day, whichever is the sooner. If you apply allowing less than a week between application and visit day we will aim to let you know within 24 hours though the day you request may be full at such short notice.

Cancelling attendence at our Visit Day

If having been booked on a visit day you find you are no longer able to attend, please do let us know as soon as possible so that we can offer the place to someone on the waiting list.