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Summer 2021

In conversation with Veronica Wadley CBE, Baroness Fleet

We speak to Veronica Wadley CBE, Baroness Fleet – a member of the RCM Council and More Music Campaign Cabinet – about her extraordinary career and her advocacy for the arts.

Going digital: a new era of learning and performance

Artistic Director Stephen Johns shares how the College was able to pivot to digital during the pandemic – and what the digital landscape looks like moving forward.

Timothy Henty: from conductor to film director

RCM alumnus Timothy Henty takes us behind-the-scenes of his recent digital work with the London Mozart Players.

Student voices

We meet incoming President of the Students’ Union, Laura Williamson, and bid farewell to outgoing President Joel Wilson.

In pictures: More Music Virtual Gala

Highlights from our second online fundraising event.

Spring 2021

Peter Brathwaite: baritone, advocate, artist

Operatic baritone, Peter Brathwaite, features in Upbeat's first-ever video project.

Inside the Diversity Action Group: recollections and insights from the RCM community

Key participants in the RCM's Diversity Action Group share their thoughts on how change can be achieved.

Student voices

We hear from Joel Wilson, President of the RCM Students' Union in the first of our new regular series 'Student voices'.

Access, excellence and advocacy: the RCM’s founding vision still rings true

The best music education is global. We need new pathways for students from the Arab world to benefit.

After the RCM

Upbeat speaks to Denis Coleman, RCMJD graduate, songwriter and popstar in our new regular feature.

Bright Sparks: How RCM Sparks drives positive social change by widening access to music education

The work of RCM Sparks continue to thrive at a time when children's access to music education has never been more important.

Autumn 2020

Creative ingenuity and the new landscape of performance

RCM alumni share their inspiring stories of creativity and reimagined performance.

Being a healthy musician

Dr George Waddell from the Centre for Performance Science shares tips and insights on how to maintain mental and physical health.

On kindness and compassion

RCM SU International Officer Andrew Chen writes about the hopeful and supportive environment he has seen in the student community.

Photographing the world online: The Royal College of Music x Magnum Photos

The RCM takes part in an innovative photography project in collaboration with Thomas Dworzak, Magnum photographer.

Lights, Camera, Action! Behind the scenes of the RCM’s In Focus series

Take a look at the making of our In Focus film series and hear from the performers and staff who starred in them.

Summer 2020

Play on: making music and teaching online

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

The art of wellbeing

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

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.

Top five Royal College of Music performances to watch at home

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

View from a room

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