We continually invest in our facilities to ensure RCM students have the very best opportunities. Our impressive performance spaces are matched by top-quality academic and technical provisions, such as our historic library and professional grade studios. The Royal College of Music is proud to offer some of the finest facilities anywhere in the world.
‘In developing its already iconic and exceptional facilities, the Royal College of Music has committed to ensuring a world-leading experience for future students and visitors.’
The RCM has recently invested £40 million to develop more state-of-the-art facilities within our campus, expanding and improving what your students can enjoy. Our exciting new facilities opened in 2020 and include two new performance venues, new social spaces and new facilities for food and drink. The Royal College of Music Museum will open later in 2021.
Amaryllis Fleming Concert Hall
With two Steinway grand pianos, a new custom-built organ by Flentrop Orgelbouw and a seating capacity of 400, the Amaryllis Fleming Concert Hall is the primary rehearsal and concert venue for RCM orchestras and large ensembles.
It is one of the busiest venues in London, and has played host to many great names, including Richard Strauss, Jean Sibelius, Ralph Vaughan Williams, Benjamin Britten, Nicola Benedetti, Bernard Haitink and Vladimir Ashkenazy.
Our new 150 seat Performance Hall is a space for ensemble performances and orchestral rehearsals. It boasts a retractable stage, a Fazioli grand piano, comprehensive technical infrastructure and variable acoustics, providing versatility for the range of events staged by the College.
The Britten Theatre is one of London’s best-loved opera venues. Its responsive acoustics and intimate auditorium are appreciated by performers and audiences alike.
With excellent technical facilities, the theatre is in regular use as the focus of the thriving RCM Opera Studio, but also hosts a variety of instrumental performances, including a chamber music series and concerts by the RCM Big Band. It benefits from an orchestra pit for 80 musicians, a Steinway grand piano, four dressing rooms, a seating capacity of 400, as well as its own bar and foyer.
Walking onto the Britten Theatre stage
A scene from the RCM's production of Hänsel und Gretel in the Britten Theatre
The RCM Big Band preparing for a performance in the Britten Theatre
Backstage at the Britten Theatre during an opera production
A wind quintet rehearses on the Britten Theatre stage
Tour of RCM campus
Explore our campus and facilities with members of the Students’ Union team.
Our 100-seat Recital Hall provides an alternative performance space to the Amaryllis Fleming Concert Hall. Used for smaller events and less formal occasions, it features two Steinway grand pianos, a harpsichord, projector and dropdown screen.
The new Performance Studio is an intimate venue for solo and chamber performance which seats 60 people.
The Parry Rooms, which have unparalleled views of the Royal Albert Hall, are named after former Director of the RCM, Sir Hubert Parry.
The suite of three intimate spaces, nestled in the breathtaking eaves of the Blomfield Building, boast excellent acoustics, a grand piano, a harpsichord and an organ. The Parry rooms are frequently used for chamber music and solo recitals, lectures and masterclasses.
The Parry Rooms
Head of Woodwind Simon Channing rehearsing with students in the Parry Rooms
An organ lesson in the West Parry Room
A chamber music masterclass with Thomas Zehetmair in the Parry Rooms
Teaching & practice facilities
Our extensive teaching and practice facilities are designed to offer all students an atmosphere conducive to developing their talents.
As well as practice rooms and space for one-to-one and group teaching, the RCM contains dedicated opera rehearsal spaces, a number of sound-proofed Amadeus Music Pods and organ rooms. We have over 160 pianos, including 60 grand pianos and 20 early keyboards, and a recently opened Blüthner Practice Suite which holds ten Blüthner pianos, instrument storage with special facilities for harps and double basses, plus in-house instrument workshops.
The outstanding teaching, resources and opportunities we provide contributed to the RCM being awarded Gold in the 2017 Teaching Excellence Framework.
Prince Consort Village
The Royal College of Music’s hall of residence, Prince Consort Village, provides high-quality accommodation for up to 400 students in all years of study. With a variety of acoustically treated bedrooms, dedicated 24/7 practice rooms, an on-site gym plus a range of other social and practical facilities, Prince Consort Village is a popular accommodation choice with RCM students.
Our ICT Service provides a broad range of essential technology services to aid and enhance life at the RCM, including Wi-Fi, up-to-date student computers, access to standard and specialist software (including Microsoft Office 365, Sibelius and Audacity), mobile printing plus a computerised self-service system for booking practice rooms.
The RCM's online learning platform, learn.rcm, can be accessed from any online device, anywhere in the world. Through it you can find course, faculty and assessment information, submit written assignments, upload performance recordings and interact and collaborate with RCM students and staff.
Many of our concerts are filmed or recorded, and you can watch back performances, recorded lessons and faculty events via our online internal video player, RCM Stream, which provides a valuable means of analysing and learning from your performances. In addition, ten of our performance venues are equipped with high definition one-touch video recording facilities, enabling students to record their own professional-quality videos.
RCM Studios is a commercial-grade facility, equipped with professional audio, video and composition technologies, supporting the RCM’s recording needs and enabling live broadcast of performances around the world.
The studios also play an important role in supporting multimedia projects and high-quality video link ups with other musical institutions around the world. The Composition Suite and Production Suite provide facilities for film, TV and electroacoustic composition.
The RCM boasts a specialist keyboard workshop, providing our technicians with on-site facilities for restoring and maintaining RCM instruments.
In addition, a string surgery provided by our resident luthier offers restoration and maintenance services for students’ instruments and a bow rehair service.
Library & museum
The RCM Library contains more than 400,000 scores, books and recordings in its lending collection, plus access to more than 400 music journals. The library also subscribes to many online resources including Oxford Music Online, Naxos Music Library, JSTOR, Met Online and the Berlin Philharmonic Digital Concert Hall. In addition, the RCM also boasts an internationally renowned collection of original manuscripts (including examples from Mozart and Elgar) early printed editions and archives. Our musicians also have access to thousands of scores online through our partnership with nkoda, and Henle digital sheet music.
Through these resources the library provides vital support for teaching, research and performance at the RCM. The friendly and knowledgeable team of librarians also mount regular exhibitions and run seminars on how to make the most of the library.
A student browsing materials in the library
Searching through our extensive collection of CD recordings
Using the library's AV facilities for study
Doctoral students in the spectacular Donaldson Room
The RCM Museum holds more than 15,000 instruments, portraits, images and engravings dating from the late 15th century to the present day, some of which are the earliest known examples of their kind. These items offer fascinating insight into the past, present and future of music and provide a coherent and comprehensive resource for the documentation, research and representation of the history of musical performance and instrument-making in London, particularly between the 18th and 20th centuries. Collection items regularly feature in academic and popular publications, television and radio programmes and as loans to major international exhibitions in Europe and beyond.
As part of a £3.6 million National Lottery Heritage Funded project, the Museum collection has been greatly enhanced and revitalised in a suite of purpose-built spaces that include accessible permanent display and temporary exhibition galleries, a ‘hands-on’ discovery area, a climate-controlled performance space and a dedicated research facility.
The Wolfson Centre in Music & Material Culture (WCMM), due to launch in September 2021, will provide easy access to parts of the RCM’s collections for the purpose of research by RCM Professors, students and external researchers, as well as delivering object-based learning to small classes and groups. Features of the new centre will include a conservation workshop, climate-controlled on-site storage for our collections and a dedicated area for consultation, documentation and digitisation.