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Autumn 2021

The Big Give Christmas Challenge: one gift, twice the impact

The Royal College of Music is delighted to have been selected to take part in the Big Give Christmas Challenge, the UK’s biggest match funding campaign, for the eleventh year.

Summer 2021

The Global Conservatoire: a new 'global classroom’ launches to Royal College of Music students and international partners

The RCM has joined with three international partners to launch the Global Conservatoire.

RCM becomes first European conservatoire to extend digital provision with Henle Library

The RCM is the first conservatoire in Europe to extend its digital resource offering in partnership with the Henle Library app.

The Victor and Lilian Hochhauser Foundation pledges £500K to support scholarships

Six new annual scholarships will support students, beginning in the 2021-22 academic year.

Spring 2021

The Big Give Christmas Challenge raises record sum for RCM Scholarships Fund

The 2020 Big Give Christmas Challenge resulted in a record £131,594 raised for the RCM Scholarships Fund.

RCM holds first virtual legacy information evening with RCM performers and senior leaders

The Royal College of Music has held its first virtual information event for those interested in legacy giving.

Royal College of Music named top institution for performing arts in the UK and Europe

Royal College of Music named top institution for performing arts in the UK for sixth consecutive year and top in Europe.

RCM Junior Department student, Jacky Zhang, wins first prize in ‘UK Piano Open’ International Piano Competition

RCM Junior Department student, Jacky Zhang, was awarded the first prize in the ‘UK Piano Open’ International Piano Competition which was held in London from 27–29 November 2020.

RCM researchers collaborate on first comprehensive guide to specialist music research

RCM researchers have co-authored a new textbook guiding musicians through the process of designing, conducting, analysing and communicating music research.

RCM alumni and affiliates awarded New Year’s Honours in 2021

Members of the Royal College of Music community have been recognised in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours List.

Royal College of Music collections awarded prestigious Designated status

The RCM's internationally renowned collection of musical materials has been awarded Designated status by Arts Council England.

Centre for Performance Science investigates the impact of Covid-19 on arts and culture professionals

The Centre for Performance Science has launched a study to investigate the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on professionals in the arts and culture sectors.

Autumn 2020

The Big Give Christmas Challenge: one gift, twice the impact

The RCM is proud to once again partner with The Big Give for their annual fundraising appeal.

RCM students and alumni star in Theater an der Wien's Porgy and Bess

Four RCM singers are to perform lead roles in a production of Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess in Vienna this October.

The RCM hosts Virtual Gala in aid of the More Music campaign

Performances from students and messages from Chairman Black and Director Colin Lawson featured in the College’s first virtual fundraising event.

RCM composers nominated for The Ivors Composer Awards 2020

Five Royal College of Music alumni have been nominated for this year’s Ivors Composer Awards.

The RCM receives transformative gift from the Estate of the late Nancy Ann Wolfers

This generous legacy gift will help enrich students’ lives and studies.

New Blüthner Practice Suite at the Royal College of Music

The RCM is delighted to have received a gift of ten Blüthner Model A upright pianos from the Alfred-Reinhold-Foundation.

Royal College of Music collaborates on new virtual reality environment for musicians to experience favourite venues from home

A partnership between the RCM and The Innovation Consultancy Ltd will enable users to rehearse and perform virtually in a range of major UK venues.

RCM musicians selected for London Philharmonic Orchestra schemes to prepare for profession

Five RCM musicians have been announced as LPO Foyle Future First members for 2020/21 and one RCMJD musician joins the LPO Junior Artist scheme this year.

Summer 2020

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.