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Music has the power to transform lives. Thanks to the generosity of our supporters, generations of gifted students from around the world have been nurtured and trained at the Royal College of Music (RCM).

A special thank you

Just a few weeks into lockdown owing to the Covid-19 pandemic, it was clear that we needed to act swiftly to set up an appeal to support our students – the lifeblood of our institution. The Covid-19 Hardship Appeal, launched at the beginning of April, was the first of its kind at the RCM and we were buoyed and humbled by the response from members of every branch of our RCM family. This vital appeal raised over £428,000. Thank you sincerely to everyone who contributed; not only has your support provided security for our students at this time, but in the longer term, your generosity will safeguard the future of music.

Already, the fund has supported 170 students facing significant financial hardship and we will disburse the final portion of this life-changing funding over the coming weeks and months. We are especially grateful to The Bertarelli Foundation, Croucher Hong Kong Charitable Trust, Chairman of the More Music Campaign Geoff Richards HonRCM and Valerie Richards, and the Vaseppi Trust for their outstanding support. From September 2020, the fund became known as the Community Jameel Hardship Fund in recognition of that organisation’s significant contribution. In addition, gifts from alumni, legacy pledgers, RCM Friends, and other supporters have, together, enabled us to achieve an extraordinary outcome. 

The Royal College of Music exists to provide specialised music education at the highest level within a supportive environment that stimulates innovation. Our work transforms lives and, as a result, transforms society. In the coming year, we will focus our attention on the student experience and core activities. We look forward to sharing more about these projects with you soon and how you can continue to secure the future of music as vital advocates for the sector and for the RCM.

Thank you again for your invaluable support.


Lily Harriss
Director of Development and Engagement

We would also like to thank all those listed below, as well as those who wish to remain anonymous, who have made donations of £1,000 or more between 1 August 2019 and 31 July 2020. We would also like to thank those who have pledged a gift to the RCM in their Will.

More Music Founding Patrons

The Estate of George Frederick Burgan

The Estate of Basil Coleman

The Croucher Hong Kong Charitable Foundation

The Estate of Christopher Hogwood CBE HonDMus

Kingdom Music Education Group

Sandro & Rena Lavery HonRCM

The National Lottery Heritage Fund

Geoffrey Richards HonRCM & Valerie Richards

The Estate of Neville Wathen

Ruth West HonRCM & Dr Michael West

Garfield Weston Foundation

Leadership Supporters


Jane Barker CBE FRCM

Andrea Bocelli Foundation

The Derek Butler Trust

Philip Carne MBE HonRCM & Christine Carne

Colt Clavier Collection Trust

The Estate of Thomas Cottrell

The Estate of John & Marjorie Coultate

The Estate of Jocelyn Cruft

The Estate of Margaret Dewey

The Foyle Foundation

The Future of Russia Foundation

The Estate of Albert Frost

G & K Boyes Charitable Trust

The Harry & Gylla Godwin Charitable Trust

H R Taylor Trust


Linda Hill HonRCM & Dr Tony Hill

Their Serene Highnesses Prince Donatus & Princess Heidi von Hohenzollern

Sara Nelson Horner

Community Jameel

Kirby Laing Foundation

The Leverhulme Trust

The Countess of Lichfield

The Linbury Trust

Philip Loubser Foundation

The Estate of William Mealings

The Mirfield Trust

The Polonsky Foundation

The Julia & Hans Rausing Trust

The Reed Foundation & The Big Give Christmas Challenge

The Estate of Michael Rimmer

Victoria, Lady Robey OBE HonRCM

The Estate of Emma Rose

The Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851

Dasha Shenkman OBE HonRCM

Soirée d’Or Scholarships

The Wolfson Foundation

Principal Supporters

Amaryllis Fleming Foundation

C. Bechstein Pianofortefabrik AG

Blüthner Pianos

Meredith & Denis Coleman

The Estate of Heather Curry

Peter & Annette Dart

The Fishmongers' Company

Martin Fraenkel

J Paul Getty Jr Charitable Trust

The Harbour Foundation

The Headley Trust

John Lewis Partnership

The Estate of Sir Neville Marriner FRCM

Rosemary Millar HonRCM & Richard Millar

John Nickson & Simon Rew

Pro Musica Ltd

Pureland Foundation

Leopold de Rothschild 1959 Charitable Trust

The Estate of Humphrey Searle CBE FRCM

The Peter Sowerby Foundation

The Kiri Te Kanawa Foundation UK

The Estate of Ivor Charles Treby

The Estate of Gweneth Urquhart

Van Cleef & Arpels

Sir Siegmund Warburg's Voluntary Settlement

Bob & Sarah Wigley

Henry Wood Accommodation Trust

The Worshipful Company of Musicians 

Major Supporters

The Bertarelli Foundation

Hamish & Sophie Forsyth

Kay Huffner

Sir George Iacobescu CBE & Lady Iacobescu

James & Margaret Lancaster

Prof Christopher Liu OBE & Mrs Vivienne Liu

The Mills Williams Foundation

The Estate of Ann M Naysmith

Michael & Dorothy Needley

The Estate of Dr Michael & Mrs Margot Reece

The Estate of Frank Salter

Alethea Siow & Jeremy Furniss

Steinway & Sons

Betty Sutherland

The Estate of Jane Udale Nicholas

Vaseppi Trust

Suha Yusuf Charitable Trust


The Abinger Hammer Award

The Aldama Foundation

Ashley Family Foundation

BAE Systems

Dr Linda Beeley

Lord Black & Mark Bolland

Ingbert Blüthner

The Boltini Trust

Claus & Anne Budelmann

Sir Roger & Lady Carr HonRCM

Noël Coward Foundation

Diane Davies

Douglas & Kyra Downie

The Drapers' Company

The Gilbert & Eileen Edgar Foundation

The Exilarch's Foundation


Fiona & Douglas Flint

Terry Hitchcock

Elaine Greenberg & Linda Perez

The Honourable Society of the Knights of the Round Table

Independent Opera at Sadler's Wells

David James


Karaviotis Foundation

Ivan Katzen

Ruth Keattch

David & Mary Laing

Lark Music

Professor Colin Lawson CBE FRCM

Lee Abbey London

The Lennox Hannay Charitable Trust

Dr Mark Levesley & Christina Hoseason

Li Tzar Kai Richard

LIBER Foundation

The Loveday Charitable Trust

Mrs Violet M Lucas

Lord & Lady Lurgan Trust

The Hon Richard Lyttelton & Romilly Lyttelton

The Estate of Zoe MacGibbon

The Helen Rachael Mackaness Charitable Trust

Mark Messenger FRCM

Jamie Milford

The Howard & Abby Milstein Foundation

Noswad Charity

Opperby Stokowski Collection Trust

The Charles Peel Charitable Trust

The Stanley Picker Charitable Trust

Pilgrim Trust

Catherine Quinn

Russell Race

Mr Mark Redman

John & Jenny Reid

The Estate of Charles Stewart Richardson

Sir Simon & Lady Robertson

Roland Saam

Christopher & Anne Saul

The Estate of Monika Saunders

Hilda Scarth

Kathleen Beryl Sleigh Charitable Trust

South Square Trust

Peter & Dimity Spiller

The Estate of Richard Silver

Bryan Stott

Gordon & Barbara Taylor

Ian & Meriel Tegner

Anthony Thornton

Mrs Lynette Tiong

Richard Toeman / Weinberger Opera Scholarship

Rhoddy Voremberg

Anne Wadsworth OBE & Brian Wadsworth

Sir Peter & Lady Walters

Garry Watts MBE & Carolyn Ward

Professor Lord Winston & Lady Winston

The Wyseliot Charitable Trust

Core Contributors

Robert Anderson

The Astor Foundation

John & Halina Bennett

The Bliss Trust

Sir Peter & Lady Bonfield

Gary & Eleanor Brass

Peter Brooks

Lorraine Buckland

The D'Oyly Carte Charitable Trust

Jane WY Cheung-Yung

Sir Anthony Cleaver FRCM & Lady Cleaver

Michael & Teresita Cutting

Jonathan & Belinda Davie

Heidi Degen

Dr Ian & Janet Edmondson

Mike Evans

Lyndall Foldvary-Khouri

Douglas & Adele Gardner

The Estate of Joy Cynthia Garnham

Peter Granger

Lily Harriss HonRCM & Julian Harriss

Greta Hemus

John & Susan Heywood

Clare Hyland

Il Circolo

Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea

David & Sue Lewis

Maestro Tour Management Ltd

Richard Mansell-Jones

Robert & Julie McCallough

Marcus McDonald

The Mercers' Company

David Mildon

Ellen Moloney

Music Talks

Midori Nishiura HonRCM

Ofenheim Charitable Trust

Gordon Palmer Charitable Trust

Kathrine Palmer

Xenophon & Zoe Protopapas

PRS for Music Foundation

Richmond Concert Society

Sudborough Foundation

Janis Susskind OBE HonRCM

Paul Tucker

Rev Lyndon van der Pump FRCM & Edward Brooks FRCM

Baroness Fleet CBE

The Wall Trust

Jill & Michael Westwood

Quentin & Sarah Williams

Yip Wing-Sie

Moira Witty

RCM Legacy Ensemble

Dr Emma Adlard

Jill Anderson

Robert C Andrews

Brian Barker

Jane Barker CBE FRCM

Lord Black of Brentwood & Mark Bolland

Elizabeth Blackman

Brenda Bunyan

Valerie Byrom-Taylor

Sir Roger & Lady Carr HonRCM

Chris Christodoulou HonRCM

Sir Anthony Cleaver FRCM

Colin Cree

Katia de Peyer

Dr John Donnelly

Paul Duffy

Lady Victoria Harrison

Michael Hodges

Susan Holland

Catherine James Edwards

Michael Kadwell

Ivan Katzen

Bryan Kelly

Nicholas King FRCM

Matthew Knight

Noel Lamont

Professor Colin Lawson CBE FRCM

Madeleine Mitchell FRSA MMus GRSM ARCM

Ellen Moloney

Avril Nelson GRSM ARCM & Graham Fearnhead

Grant Newman & Neville McDonough

John Nickson & Simon Rew

Humphrey Norrington OBE FRCM

Dame Janet Ritterman DBE HonDMus

Sue Pudifoot-Stephens

Hilda Scarth

William & Valerie Shackel

Barbara Simmonds

Frances Tait