Royal College of Music named top conservatoire for performing arts in the UK
For the second consecutive year
The Royal College of Music has been named the top institution for Performing Arts in the United Kingdom in the 2017 QS World University Rankings following on from success as top UK conservatoire in the 2016 results.
Founded in 1882, the Royal College of Music (RCM) is a world leading music conservatoire with a prestigious history and contemporary outlook. Its 800 undergraduate and postgraduate students come from over 60 countries and are taught in a dynamic environment, leaving the RCM to become the outstanding performers, conductors and composers of the future.
The RCM is also ranked second across all Performing Arts institutions worldwide, moving up one place in the league table from last year.
The QS World University Rankings assessment of leading universities worldwide is based on the strength and quality of institutions’ teaching, research activities, graduate employability and international profile. The rankings are compiled from the opinions of academics and employers and from analysis of research output and impact.
Director Professor Colin Lawson said ‘the Royal College of Music is increasingly the natural first choice for talented students from the UK and around the world. I am delighted that our commitment to the highest standards of excellence have again been recognised in this way.’
Among RCM alumni are composers and performers such as Sir Hubert Parry, Benjamin Britten, Gustav Holst, Sir Colin Davis, David Helfgott, Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, Lord Lloyd Webber, Dame Joan Sutherland, Sir James Galway, Ralph Vaughan Williams, Mark-Anthony Turnage and Alfie Boe.
Regular visitors to the RCM to teach and demonstrate are Maxim Vengerov (Polonsky Visiting Professor of Violin), Bernard Haitink, Sir Thomas Allen, Vladimir Ashkenazy and Lang Lang. Most recent honorary doctorates include Vladimir Jurowski, Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, Sir Roger Norrington, Sir Bryn Terfel and Steve Reich.
Did you know that keyboard legend Rick Wakeman studied at the RCM? Wakeman features on the cover of the next issue of Pianist, where he's interviewed by editor Erica Worth. Why not pre-order your copy now!
The Pianist magazine CD is also recorded at the RCM Recording studios. Watch house pianist Chenyin Li play Chopin's Prélude No 4 from one of the recording sessions: