Royal College of Musichttp://www.rcm.ac.uk/
The Royal College of Music was founded in 1882 under the patronage of the Prince of Wales. Based in London, the college today teaches all aspects of western classical music and also has a special department that teaches children aged 8-18. The college is currently under the patronage of Her Majesty, The Queen.
The college offers undergraduate degrees which focus on orchestral, solo and chamber performances. Graduate programmes are available for subjects such as vocal performance, composition and creative leadership. The college also offers experience programmes for students that choose to take a break before embarking on their undergraduate studies. These programmes give students the opportunity to attend academic classes as well as orchestras and ensembles.
The Royal College of Music offers opportunities to international students as well, and provides assistance with language development skills, immigration, opening bank accounts and personal counselling. Special facilities are also provided for students with disabilities.
The college is also home to the Museum of Instruments that displays 800 different pieces, mainly from the realm of Western music though some African and Asian instruments are also on display. The Department of Portraits and Performance History holds a collection of 3400 portraits and 10000 photos and prints. Other collections include manuscripts and early printed music. The college also boasts of some famous alumni including Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber, Dame Joan Sutherland, Ralph Vaughan Williams, Sir James Galway and Sir Thomas Allen.
Royal College of Music
Prince Consort Road, SW7 2BS, London
Greater London, London Region
Tel: 02075 893643, Fax: 02075 897740