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Spring 2024

‘A sort of splendour’: rethinking Stanford in his centenary year

As we approach the centenary of the death of Stanford, a key figure in Royal College of Music history, Upbeat asks, is it time to re-evaluate his significance?

Pioneering research: An Inconvenient Black History of British Musical Theatre

In collaboration with Sean Mayes, Dr Sarah Whitfield flies the flag for some key principles of the Royal College of Music: first-rate research and embracing diversity. Upbeat found out more about Sarah’s research into Black British musical theatre.

Music and Wellbeing: New networks created by RCM Researchers

With support from the Royal College of Music, Professor Rosie Perkins and Dr Neta Spiro have established two vital new networks that are growing understanding of the relationship between music and wellbeing.

Autumn 2023

Alim Beisembayev: an unplanned Proms debut

‘My heart skipped a beat... but I said yes’. Recently graduated RCM pianist Alim on his time at College, career aspirations, and the moment he received that unexpected phone call.

Spring 2023

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.

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.

Autumn 2022

In pictures: Remembering our Patron, The late Queen

Upbeat looks back at some of The Queen's visits to the Royal College of Music since the 1940s.

Student voices: Meet the Students' Union

Find out how this year’s RCM Students' Union representatives are doing things differently. 

Immersed in sound: Inside the Digital Innovation Lab

Composition professor Mike Ladouceur takes us on a tour of the RCM’s new industry-leading studio.

Spring 2022

Vaughan Williams: another perspective on the quintessentially British composer

In Vaughan Williams’ 150th anniversary year, Professor David Wright looks at the composer’s role as a teacher, advocate and supporter of women composers. 

After the RCM

Upbeat speaks to alumna Laura Peh about how studying at the RCM helped prepare her for an entrepreneurial career.

Autumn 2021

Transformational spaces

With the More Music development of the Royal College of Music campus now complete, we introduce you to some of the RCM’s new venues and facilities.

Meet the RCM Council: Douglas Gardner

We speak to our Chairman of the Estates Committee about his love of music and his role in the More Music redevelopment.

The RCM Junior Department: nurturing the stars of tomorrow

Learn more about the Royal College of Music’s pioneering Junior Department, which prepares young people for musical life in the 21st century.

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.

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

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.

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