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Welcome to Upbeat!

Royal College of Music Director Professor Colin Lawson introduces us to the spring 2022 edition of Upbeat.

His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales unveils new Royal College of Music Campus

His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales, President of the Royal College of Music, officially opened the newly transformed building during a special visit to the institution in December.

Object in Focus: Sketch of Vaughan Williams (video)

What does this sketch of Vaughan Williams from 1915 tell us about the composer?

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. 

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

The 2021 Big Give Christmas Challenge broke the previous year’s achievement for the 11th year running.

After the RCM

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

Former Member of Council hosts 60th birthday concert at the Royal College of Music

Bob Wigley, a long-standing supporter of the RCM, held a celebratory concert with special guests including Danielle de Niese.

RCM Accelerate start-up funding making a difference to recent graduates

Violence against women, environmental issues and the digital landscape are just a few of the themes explored by recent RCM graduates.

National Youth Orchestra (NYO) success for Royal College of Music Junior Department

A total of 26 musicians from the Royal College of Music Junior Department are joining the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain for 2022. This is a record number of RCMJD musicians selected for the orchestra in recent years.

Royal College of Music Museum uncovers Hidden Treasures in new exhibition

Elgar’s trombone, a famous bust of Ralph Vaughan Williams and the earliest known portrait of Franz Liszt are just a few of the highlights of the new exhibition at the Royal College of Music Museum.

Student updates

All the latest news from current RCM students.

Staff updates

Discover what Royal College of Music teaching staff have been getting up outside of the classroom.

Alumni updates

All the latest news and updates from our global community of alumni.

In memory

Remembering and celebrating the lives of those associated with the RCM.

Thank you to our supporters

Thank you to our supporters for their generosity.