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Welcome to Upbeat!

Professor Colin Lawson, RCM Director, introduces this edition of Upbeat, in which we explore College news, successes and stories.

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

Help unlock £60,000 of funding this festive season through the UK’s biggest digital match funding campaign.

Alim Beisembayev: an unplanned Proms debut

‘My heart skipped a beat... but I said yes’. Recently graduated RCM pianist Alim on his time at College, career aspirations, and the moment he received that unexpected phone call.

James Williams announced as the next Director of the Royal College of Music

Managing Director of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, James Williams, will join the RCM as Director on 1 September 2024.

Royal College of Music’s pioneering arts research in South America

How does music and the arts impact wellbeing in South American cities? Dr Tania Lisboa and researchers from the RCM’s Centre for Performance Science lead the way.

New audience seating in the Royal College of Music’s beautiful Britten Theatre

Over summer 2023, the Royal College of Music refurbished the Britten Theatre, replacing all the audience seating to improve comfort levels and sight lines.

Principal positions in top UK orchestras won by Royal College of Music woodwind graduates

Five Royal College of Music clarinettists have secured positions with the UK’s leading orchestras.

Royal College of Music makes a world premiere recording of music by Coleridge-Taylor

The RCM Philharmonic's unique recording of Toussaint L'Ouverture features in the National Portrait Gallery.

Royal College of Music teaching acknowledged as ‘Outstanding’, achieving the highest Gold ranking in the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF)

The Royal College of Music (RCM) achieved the highest rating of Gold for its outstanding teaching, delivery of student experience and outcomes in the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) 2023.

Alumni updates

Hear the latest news from our global community of alumni, including recent performances, new releases and notable accolades.

Staff updates

Learn about RCM staff members’ recent achievements, both within and outside of College.

Student updates

From appointments and recordings to performances and competition successes, find out what RCM students have achieved recently.

In memory

Remembering the lives of those associated with the Royal College of Music.

Thank you to our supporters

The work of the RCM is made possible by our generous community of donors.

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