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RCMJD Friends

A Junior Department violinist in an orchestra rehearsal
Becoming a Friend of the RCMJD is an ideal way to support us in providing this unique musical experience for so many talented youngsters. 

Friends enjoy a great range of benefits and also have the opportunity to join the Friends Committee who provide more hands-on support.

The Friends of the Royal College of Music Junior Department is an independent charity and is UK Registered Charity No 278116.

RCMJD Friends benefits

The invaluable work of the RCMJD Friends of the can only be achieved through the generosity of JD parents and non-parent Friends who give of their time and/or money to help. Please consider joining the RCMJD Friends and enabling us to support so many astonishing young musicians, and the priceless work of the RCMJD.
Membership costs just £30 per year and additional donations are always welcome. If you would like to become a member of the RCMJD Friends, please email

As a Friend of the RCMJD you will enjoy:

  • Termly updates about what's on at RCMJD.
  • Invitations to exclusive social events.
  • Other benefits as sourced by the Committee.

The RCMJD Friends make a great contribution to the life of the RCM Junior Department. Through their support the Junior Department is enabled to undertake various financial outlays that would not otherwise be possible. These include:

  • The purchase of new instruments, cases, equipment, and the restoration of those in need or repair.
  • The purchase of sheet music for our choirs and orchestras.
  • The commissioning of new music from leading composers for RCMJD ensembles to perform.
  • The hiring of a major external venue for the RCMJD Summer term Symphony Orchestra concert.

Please note that donations to the RCMJD Friends do not support RCMJD student bursaries. If you would like to contribute to our bursaries fund to enable talented young musicians of limited means to attend the Junior Department please contact us on 020 7591 4334 or

Thank you for your support.

RCMJD Friends Committee

The Friends Committee are an exceptional group of parents, staff and non-parent Friends. They administrate the RCMJD Friends as well as undertaking fundraising, and providing social support on Saturdays.

The Friends are constantly exploring new ways in which to achieve their stated aim to 'provide for the charitable purposes' of the Junior Department, 'so as to advance the education of young persons in the art and science of music'. 

Current activities include:

  • Music ordering Service - a facility for students and parents to order sheet music and have it delivered to the RCM to collect on a Saturday.
  • Saturday Shop selling RCMJD merchandise as well as pencils, manuscript paper, music folders and other useful items.
  • An annual social evening and concert featuring performances from JD students and teachers, with refreshments.
  • Provision of refreshments at selected events throughout the year including competitions, concerts, and introductory day. Tours of the RCMJD for prospective students and parents.
  • Organisation of fund-raising events.  

If you are an RCMJD Friend and would like to join the Friends Committee, please email