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Welcome to Upbeat

Summer 2020

Introducing the summer 2020 online Upbeat

Life at the RCM has been transformed since the last issue of Upbeat. Find out more from RCM Director Colin Lawson.

Editorial
RCM excels in Complete University Guide Arts, Drama and Music League Table 2021

The RCM was placed first among UK conservatoires for music for the second consecutive year.

News
Play on: making music and teaching online

Colleagues and students from across the RCM reflect on how musical learning has flourished during lockdown.

Feature
The art of wellbeing

Researcher Dr Rosie Perkins on why the arts are so important during times of crisis.

Feature
A legacy of support

The Royal College of Music has a long history of philanthropic support. Here, Upbeat talks to RCM supporters and scholars on why giving at the College has such a valued role.

Feature
HRH The Prince of Wales makes annual visit to the RCM

HRH The Prince of Wales honours Sir Antonio Pappano, Jonas Kaufmann and other celebrated musicians at RCM ceremony

News
Top five Royal College of Music performances to watch at home

Artistic Director Stephen Johns shares his favourite online performances from June.

Feature
Thank you to our supporters

The generosity of our supporters have enabled generations of gifted students to train at the RCM.

Support
View from a room

Members of the RCM community share photos of their at-home offices and thoughts on remote working.

Feature
Alumni updates

News, stories and updates from RCM alumni around the world including concerts at home and drive-in performances.

Updates
Staff updates

News, stories and updates from RCM staff including long-distance performances, Zoom concerts and making scrubs for key workers.

Updates
Student updates

The latest from the RCM student body including daily video diaries, a special percussion arrangement of the Barber of Seville and volunteering in the community.

Updates
In memory

Remembering and celebrating the lives of those connected with the RCM.

Obituary
Royal College of Music becomes first HE institution in the world to partner with nkoda

The new partnership with the digital sheet music library offers students access to hundreds of thousands of scores.

News
RCM Creative Careers Centre celebrates 20th anniversary with series of digital events

The series, entitled ‘The Modern Musician: Past, Present and Future’, is designed to explore the music industry today and how its future might evolve.

News
Precious manuscripts conserved through RCM Restore a Score Appeal

Manuscripts and music books, including scores by RCM composers Samuel Coleridge-Taylor and Elizabeth Maconchy, have been restored.

News
Royal College of Music Museum digitises remarkable collection of ancient Chinese instruments

A collaboration with the Committee of Chinese Musical Instrument Museums and Collections has ensured around 200 ancient musical instruments from the collection of the Hunan Museum in Changsha, China is accessible online.

News
First recipient of Andrea Bocelli Foundation-Community Jameel Scholarship announced

Scholarship designed to remove financial barriers for talented singers from around the world to study full-time at the Royal College of Music Opera Studio.

News