Welcome to Upbeat!
Welcome to the autumn edition of Upbeat, as we reflect on the start of a new academic year.
This Autumn Term began unlike any other in our history, as we joined the nation in mourning The late Queen. In this issue, we pay tribute to our Patron, sharing fond memories of her visits to College over the years.
Also in Upbeat:
Students in the spotlight
- Watch student soloists Madeline Boreham and Redmond Sanders sharing their experience of Vaughan Williams’ A Sea Symphony, performed this term as the culmination of our 150th anniversary celebrations.
- Meet the new members of the RCM Students’ Union Executive Committee and find out how they’re doing things differently this year.
- See RCM students performing alongside the Pyramids of Giza, Egypt, as part of a collaboration with the Community Jameel Foundation.
New innovations on campus
- Take a tour of the new Digital Innovation Lab, fitted with the latest Dolby Atmos spatial audio technology, with Composition for Screen professor Mike Ladouceur.
- Find out how to book a visit to the new Wolfson Centre in Music & Material Culture, which is now open to the public.
- Discover how you can take part in this year’s Big Give Christmas Challenge and help to unlock up to £60,000 of match funding.
- Celebrate the conclusion of the decade-long More Music Campaign, which has raised over £40 million.
- Find out more about the Robert Avery Scholarship, a major gift to support students from migrant and under-represented backgrounds and our outreach work.
- Meet the donors behind the newly renamed Carne Room, formerly the East Parry Room.
Our RCM Community
- Meet new RCM Vice President Jane Barker, who was recently appointed by the former Prince of Wales after 15 years of service on the RCM Council.
- Keep abreast of all the news from RCM students, staff and alumni, as they share their recent updates.
- Join us in paying tribute to the lives of former RCM students, professors and supporters in our In memory feature.
As ever, we would love to hear news of your recent projects and collaborations. The next edition of Upbeat will be published online in March – please send your updates for the next issue to firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday 27 January.
And, finally, do keep a look out over the coming weeks for announcements of forthcoming public events in the Spring Term. I do hope you’ll be able to join us either in person or for one of our livestreamed performances in the new year.
Wishing you a happy and healthy holiday season ahead.
Professor Colin Lawson CBE FRCM, Director