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Welcome to Upbeat!

Professor Colin Lawson, RCM Director, introduces the next edition of Upbeat, in which we highlight the work of our Creative Careers Centre.

Royal College of Music ranked global No. 1 for performing arts 2023

The Royal College of Music has been ranked as the global No. 1 institution for performing arts in the 2023 QS World University Rankings by Subject, holding this position for the second consecutive year.

Watch: Eric Whitacre – 'There's such power in just saying yes'

Grammy Award–winning composer Eric Whitacre talks about his career journey, exploring the 'what-ifs' and his new role as Ambassador for RCM Creative Careers.

Turning dream projects into reality: RCM Accelerate

From film production companies to concert venues, a new scheme from the Creative Careers Centre is supporting graduates’ entrepreneurial business ventures.

The Impact of Philanthropy at the Royal College of Music

Following the conclusion of the More Music campaign, Lily Harriss, Director of Development, explores how giving has defined the College’s history – and continues to be crucial.

Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Visiting Artists Fund brings world-leading guest performers

A new donation by Victoria, Lady Robey enables artists from underrepresented backgrounds to visit the College.

Outstanding support for the Big Give Christmas Challenge 2022

The 2022 Big Give Christmas Challenge broke the previous year’s achievement for the 13th year running.

Journey to net zero: RCM focuses on sustainability in Green Week 2023

A week of activities for staff and students encouraged sustainable practices, on the heels of the College's top ranking in People and Planet university league table.

Opera for all: the story of Sir Peter Jonas FRCM

Friend, mentor and renowned opera impresario – former RCM Council member John Nickson reflects on the life of the inimitable Peter Jonas.

Behind the lens: 40 years of photographing the RCM

From Jacqueline du Pré to Lang Lang, photographer Chris Christodoulou shares some of his favourite memories of capturing the RCM on camera.

Historic instruments brought to life through 3D modelling

A Royal College of Music Museum project has been awarded a £33,000 grant from the Department for Digital, Culture Media & Sport (DCMS) and the Wolfson Foundation.

The Royal College of Music and Saline royale Academy launch new partnership

This initiative offers talented, young musicians the opportunity to collaborate with global peers and learn from inspiring teachers in a technologically advanced environment.

Staff updates

Learn about our professors’ recent achievements outside of the classroom.

Student updates

From competition success to high-profile awards, find out what RCM students have achieved this spring.

Alumni updates

Hear the latest news from our global community of alumni, including new releases, high-profile performances and appointments in the industry.

In memory

Remembering the lives of those associated with the Royal College of Music.

Thank you to our supporters

The work of the RCM is made possible by our community of donors.

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