The Prestigious Royal College of Music
The Royal College of Music (“RCM”) in London was established by the Prince of Wales (who later became King Edward VII), in the year 1882. This prestigious college remained linked with the Royal Family through its entire existence and is still presently associated with them. Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth (The Queen Mother) was President of the Royal College of Music (RCM) for forty years, until the seat was given to The Prince of Wales in 1993.
Located across from the Royal Albert Hall, the beautiful building that houses the RCM was designed by the well-known Sir Arthur Blomfield. Not only is the RCM a wonderful educational institution for aspiring musicians, composers, conductors and singers, but it is a historical archive of music. The college is dedicated to the training and development of the students’ skills and exposing them to a world of musical knowledge. To arm these fresh minds and instill a sense of resourcefulness and understanding into the next generation of musical geniuses is an accomplishment that the college has been successful in for more than a hundred years. The Royal College of Music in London has various specialized classes and even has a Junior Department for students between the ages of eight and eighteen.
Another fascinating division at the Royal College of Music is the extensive collection of musical instruments that is open to the public for viewing. It boasts more than eight hundred items in their collection, with some instruments obtained from Asia and Africa. Visitors to the college will also be surprised at the large exhibit of sheet music, manuscripts (including those belonging to Haydn and the famed Mozart) and letters, that include names such as Beethoven. Journals, books and recordings are also found here. The collections of approximately three thousand portraits that are exhibited in the Department of Portraits and Performance History are dazzling. It includes a staggering collection of 600 thousand concert programs, some dating back to the year 1720, and more than ten thousand photographs and prints.
Being able to get the opportunity to study at the Royal College of Music is a dream come true for most musical students. And with names such as Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber, Gustav Holst, Sir Micheal Tippet, Leopold Stokowski, Dame Joan Sutherland, Sir Thomas Allen and Barry Douglas that once walked these hallways, it is an honor to follow in their footsteps.