+44 (0)20 7328 0222

Foundation House, 1A Dyne Rd, London NW6 7XG, United Kingdom


The Institute of Contemporary Music Performance is widely regarded as one of Europe’s leading schools of modern music. Located in London and established over 30 years ago, they have been developing and delivering cutting-edge courses to students of contemporary music for longer than any other UK-based school.

Their pride themselves on the continuing success of our alumni – within 6 months of graduating, over 90% of graduates are in employment or further education; around two-thirds are engaged in music-related jobs or study; and the average salary of ICMP graduates is almost 12% above that for arts graduates. Key to their philosophy is the understanding that every student is unique. They focus on the needs and potential of individual students, ensuring that the music education they provide is tailored and personalised, giving you the best chance of success in the very competitive and challenging environment of the music industry.
Previous students and graduates include:

  • Denai Moore
  • Foxes
  • Ed O’Brien (Radiohead)
  • Daughter
  • Matt Maltese
  • Luke Patterson (Clean Bandit)
  • Andrew Davie (Bear’s Den)
  • Truly Ford

Current tutors include:

  • Imaani Saleem
  • Bill Laurance
  • Audrey Riley
  • Maurizio Malagnini
  • Leddra Chapman
  • Xantone Blacq
  • Gabor Dornyei
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Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts

+852 2584 8500

The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, Gloucester Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong

The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, established by Government Ordinance in 1984, is a leading tertiary institution in performing arts in Asia.  It provides professional undergraduate education and practice-based postgraduate studies. The study encompasses Chinese Opera, Dance, Drama, Film and Television, Music, and Theatre and Entertainment Arts.  Its educational philosophy reflects the cultural diversity of Hong Kong with emphasis on Chinese and Western traditions, and interdisciplinary learning.

The Academy awards bachelor honours degrees and master’s degrees that are accredited by the Hong Kong Council for Accreditation of Academic and Vocational Qualifications.  Diploma and advanced diploma programmes are also offered in Chinese Opera, Dance and Music.

Aside from the main campus in Wanchai, Béthanie, the site of the institution’s Landmark Heritage Campus in Pokfulam, has housed training facilities for the School of Film and Television since 2007.

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University of the Creative Arts (UCA)

+44 1252 892883

University for the Creative Arts, Falkner Road, Farnham, UK

Oscar-winning filmmakers and animators, world-renowned fashion designers, television presenters and Turner-Prize nominees are just some of UCA’s high-profile graduates who have enriched the world with their creative talents.

Taught and guided by our experienced, industry-connected academic staff, our students can now reap the benefits of studying in a top 25 UK university. With more than 6,000 students studying over 110 creative courses across four campuses, we generate unique communities of artists, designers, makers, writers and researchers.

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Guildhall School of Music & Drama

+44 (0)20 7628 2571

Guildhall School of Music and Drama, Silk Street, Barbican, London EC2Y 8DT, United Kingdom


Selected as one of the top ten institutions for performing arts in the world (QS World University Rankings 2016), the Guildhall School is one of the world’s leading conservatoires and drama schools, offering inspiring undergraduate and postgraduate training in the performing arts.

A thriving Junior Guildhall, the recent addition of the Centre for Young Musicians, a Creative Learning outreach division and a range of Summer schools and short courses further complement the outstanding opportunities available.

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University of the Arts London (UAL)

+44 (0)20 7514 6000

272 High Holborn, London WC1V 7EY, United Kingdom

University of the Arts London is the world’s sixth best University for Art and Design in the QS World University Rankings® 2017.

We offer an extensive range of courses in art, design, fashion, communication and performing arts. Our graduates go on to work in and shape creative industries worldwide.

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Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE)

+44 (0)117 931 7317

Nicholson House, Lime Kiln Close, Stoke Gifford, United Kingdom

 HEFCE funds and regulates universities and colleges in England. We invest on behalf of students and the public to promote excellence and innovation in research, teaching and knowledge exchange.

In all our activities we will aim to:

  • ensure accountability for funding and be a proportionate regulator
  • act in the public interest and be open, fair, impartial and objective
  • be an effective broker between Government and the sector and in doing so, ensure that we are implementing government policy effectively.

The results of our biennial Stakeholder Survey will help us to review how well we are performing.

Royal Birmingham Conservatoire

+44 (0)121 331 5000

Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, Birmingham B3 3HG, United Kingdom

West Midlands

Royal Birmingham Conservatoire is a world-class institution providing exceptional training for the musicians, actors, stage managers and performers of the future.

Our outstanding facilities attract the best and brightest students to Birmingham, along with internationally renowned performers and teachers.

With limitless collaboration opportunities for staff and students, the Conservatoire is a stimulating environment with an international reputation which celebrates diversity.

A unique environment inspiring performers to achieve in our fast-paced creative economy

In 2017, Birmingham Conservatoire completed an exciting merger with Birmingham School of Acting. It has successfully brought together complementary disciplines for an unrivalled creative experience. As a student, you will benefit from phenomenal music teaching and performance spaces which are located alongside state-of-the-art production and recording facilities.

Musicians are able to draw on performance skills or promote their work across digital channels and actors and set designers can deliver performances where music is essential to the artistic results.

It’s an exhilarating place to learn with a unique, electric atmosphere, which inspires and brings together acting and musical talent. Our courses are helping students meet the demands of today’s fast-paced creative economy.

We also have a highly successful Junior Conservatoire, which provides young musicians with specialist tuition that develops and nurtures individual talent.

Professional, dedicated staff with invaluable industry experience

We are fortunate to have a team of talented staff who work directly with industry and who are dedicated to ensuring our students become successful and employable. They give our students the confidence and skills to believe in their own potential and achieve their goals.

From full-time course directors to our specialist visiting tutors and guest directors, every one of them has enjoyed a successful professional career and many are still active artists and practitioners.

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London College of Creative Media (LCCM)

+44 (0)20 7378 7458

50-52 Union Street, London SE1 1TD, United Kingdom


The UK’s only independent higher education college specialising in popular music, professional writing, digital product development and creative entrepreneurship, LCCM offers industry-led full-time undergraduate and postgraduate degrees, as well as evening, weekend and summer courses.

Established in 2002, the centre attracts talented students who are serious about developing future careers in the music, media and wider creative industries.

As the only college that combines musical individuality with academic rigour, we are forward looking and open minded about music – so whatever you’re into, we want to hear from you.

Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance

King Charles Court, Greenwich, London SE10 9JF, United Kingdom


An international community, welcoming students, staff and visiting artists from across the UK, Europe and the world to advance the art forms of music and dance.

Trinity Laban’s unrivalled training programmes at Undergraduate and Graduate level build on over a century’s experience. We deliver a high standard of professional training across a broad range of musical genres and styles, preparing you for opportunities in the fast-evolving, exhilarating music world.

Leeds College of Music

+44 (0)113 222 3400

3 Quarry Hill, Leeds LS2 7PD, United Kingdom

Yorkshire and Humberside

Leeds College of Music is a leading European Conservatoire, situated in Leeds, the third largest city in the UK and home to over 200 music venues.
We provide expert musical education at undergraduate, postgraduate and further education level to over 1,500 students each year, with an emphasis on developing industry-relevant, creative and ambitious musicians and entrepreneurs.

We also run a Saturday Music School for young musicians, numerous short courses and an extensive events season that features internationally renowned artists and ensembles.

Our alumni enjoy a range of careers in the music industry as performers, producers, composers, business owners and more.

Past students have worked with: Hans Zimmer, Kylie Minogue, Adele, Rihanna, Ellie Goulding, Everything Everything and Mark Ronson.

Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama (RWCMD)

+44 (0)29 2034 2854

Castle Grounds, Cathays Park, Cardiff CF10 3ER, United Kingdom


The Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama (RWCMD), the National Conservatoire of Wales, and part of the University of South Wales Group, competes alongside an international peer group of conservatoires and specialist arts colleges for the best students globally, enabling students to enter and influence the world of music, theatre and related professions.

Artistic Voice – The College educates some of the most talented students from around the world, aiming to give them not just the technical and craft skills they’ll need to succeed at the top levels of the profession but also to help them to develop their individual artistic ‘voice’.

Creative Diversity – The College’s events calendar encompasses over 300 public performances every year, including orchestral concerts, recitals, drama, opera and musical theatre. The creative diversity of the College ensures a stimulating environment and broad experience for students of all disciplines.

Pushing Boundaries – Our dedicated teachers have a wealth of professional and industry experience and the college collaborates with a number of high-profile arts organisations, including Welsh National Opera, BBC NOW, visiting artists and directors, to ensure that the unique vocational nature of our training programmes reflect the current practices and conditions of the professional world.

Royal Conservatoire of Scotland

+44 (0)141 332 4101

100 Renfrew Street, Glasgow G2 3DB, United Kingdom


Our vision is that Royal Conservatoire of Scotland graduates will enrich the performing arts with new work and will create the future of performance for generations to come. Our curriculum is designed to make that happen.

We believe that a conservatoire should provide much more than an intensive, demanding education: the conservatoire experience is one of total immersion where you can discover and develop your optimum potential.

The Royal Conservatoire is Scotland’s national centre of professional vocational training in performance arts. Our location is the heart of Glasgow; our orientation is the contemporary international scene. We are leading the way as one of Europe’s top conservatoires, offering a rare breadth of artistic disciplines.

Everything we do is driven by our desire for excellence. At the Royal Conservatoire we provide everything students need to excel at their chosen discipline and go beyond their artistic voice. Students flourish thanks to the extraordinary blend of intensive tuition, a rigorous performance schedule, working with professional counterparts, and the space to create with others across the disciplines.

Highly vocational training

We offer outstanding specialist learning to the highest professional level in our undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in dance, drama, music, production, screen and education. Our training is rigorous and inextricably linked to the professions. We also nurture talent at all stages and ages with a wide variety of courses from weekly sessions to specialist summer schools.

Our students

First and foremost, our students train to achieve excellence in every way in their chosen specialism. But they are also exposed to a rich variety of influences, approaches and attitudes, from one another and through the wealth of experiences we ensure they encounter at the Conservatoire. Our new artists are being prepared to become a dynamic part of the creative communities they join.

Our facilities – amongst the best in Europe

We believe our facilities are amongst the best in Europe. They include six professional performance venues; a high ratio of practice rooms per student; three recording studios; percussion studios; professional stage technology; four bespoke dance studios; new studios for technical, design, scenic art, set-building and costume design and construction.

We are based right in the centre of Glasgow. We have occupied our home at Renfrew Street, just behind Glasgow’s famous Sauchiehall Street since 1987. Our six performance spaces and most of our programme facilities are located here, as well as a very busy café bar, where students from across the disciplines meet throughout the day. In 2011 we expanded our facilities and opened our state of the art dance, production and ensemble rehearsal studios, The Wallace Studios, joining Scottish Opera and the National Theatre of Scotland. It is just a ten-minute walk from Renfrew Street. In May 2014, phase two of this development opened with eight new large multi-purpose ensemble studios, apt for all our specialisms and trans-disciplinary work, keeping our facilities ahead of our contemporaries. All these are backed up by the latest IT and digital technologies.

Royal Northern College of Music

+44 (0)161 907 5200

124 Oxford Road, Manchester M13 9RD, United Kingdom

North-West England

The RNCM is a leading international conservatoire located in the heart of Manchester, with a reputation for attracting talented students, teachers, conductors and composers from all over the world.

Now in its fifth decade, the RNCM is relatively young, but its rich history spans back to 1893 when Sir Charles Hallé founded the Royal Manchester College of Music. In 1973, this institution merged with the Northern School of Music, and the RNCM was born. Today, the College is a thriving conservatoire with around 320 teaching staff and over 800 students from 60 different countries.

Complementing this role, the RNCM is also a vibrant live music venue offering unparalleled opportunities for students to perform regularly to public audiences and to work alongside professional musicians and visiting artists. Housing four major performance spaces, including a professionally-staffed, fully-equipped Theatre and recently refurbished Concert Hall, the College presents more than 400 concerts each year, ranging from RNCM orchestras and ensembles and large-scale opera productions, to a host of touring companies and external hires.

The 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF) rated the RNCM the UK’s leading music college for research. We have since been awarded two Times Higher Education Awards: Excellence and Innovation in the Arts (2015) and Outstanding International Student Strategy (2016).

Royal Academy of Music

+44 (0)20 7873 7373

Marylebone Road, London NW1 5HT, United Kingdom


The Royal Academy of Music’s mission is to provide pre-professional, undergraduate and postgraduate musical training of the highest national and international standards.

We aim to enrich musical culture by training and educating the most talented musicians.

The Academy was founded in 1822, and ever since has trained versatile and resourceful musicians with the skills they need in the ever-changing profession.

Great traditions do not guarantee future success, but at the Academy they do inspire us to achieve an especially happy blend of continuity and cutting-edge work.

Cherish as we do our distinguished alumni, our many exceptional teachers and our enterprising study programmes, at the Academy we never simply rest on our reputation.

Royal College of Music

+44 (0)20 7591 4300

Prince Consort Road, London SW7 2BS, United Kingdom


The Royal College of Music is one of the world’s great conservatoires, training gifted musicians from all over the world for international careers as performers, conductors and composers.

Founded in 1882 by the then Prince of Wales (later Edward VII), the RCM has trained some of the most important figures in British and international music life, including composers such as Holst, Vaughan Williams, Turnage and Britten; conductors such as Leopold Stokowski, Sir Colin Davis and Sir Roger Norrington; singers such as Dame Joan Sutherland, Sir Thomas Allen and Alfie Boe and instrumentalists such as Sir James Galway, John Lill and Natalie Clein.

With 840 students from more than 60 countries studying at undergraduate, masters or doctoral level, the RCM is a vibrant community of talented and open-minded musicians. RCM professors are musicians with worldwide reputations, accustomed to working with the most talented students of each generation to unlock their artistic potential.

Regular visitors include the likes of Lang Lang, Dame Kiri Te Kanawa and Bernard Haitink. The RCM’s many performing groups – including five orchestras, two jazz bands and the RCM International Opera School – are celebrated for the vitality and excellence of their performances and are regularly invited to perform at significant venues both in the UK and overseas.

The RCM’s buildings, facilities and location are the envy of the world. The RCM is situated in South Kensington, the home of science, arts and inspiration, directly opposite the Royal Albert Hall. Our iconic building, our concert hall, Britten Theatre, studios, library and RCM Collections all provide inspiration for RCM students.