Conservatoires

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Royal Irish Academy of Music

+353 1 6764412

36-38 Westland Row, Dublin, Ireland

The Royal Irish Academy of Music is a home of musical excellence and dynamism, a place of teaching and learning which consistently achieves its objective of transmitting and maintaining the highest standards of performance and appreciation in all musical disciplines.

Founded in 1848, the Academy is Ireland’s oldest musical institution.

As a national 32-county institution, the Academy embodies and reflects the traditions and heritage of Irish musicianship. The Teaching Staff includes many international and national prizewinners, members of the National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland and the RTÉ Concert Orchestra and many individuals whose names have become synonymous with music education in Ireland.

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Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music, National University of Singapore

+65 6516 1191

Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music, National University of Singapore, 3 Conservatory Drive, Singapore 117376

Inspirational life-affirming music-making is at the heart of the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music, National University of Singapore. Centred in one of the world’s most innovative and dynamic countries, we believe we are uniquely placed to offer today’s world a distinct and powerful contemporary Asian voice.

Sited in a state-of-the-art contemporary facility at the cultural heart of the National University of Singapore (NUS), the Conservatory offers a multifaceted cosmopolitan environment for music and music education for the 21st century.

Founded in 2003, the Conservatory has quickly established a reputation as the most exciting international conservatory in Asia and one of the most distinctive in the world. With its focus on nurturing excellence and identity, the Conservatory is primarily an undergraduate institution, offering full financial support (fees, accommodation, stipend) for all of its 220 BMus students thanks to the support of the Yong Loo Lin Trust and other donors. Additionally, there are boutique programmes at Masters level, for Continuing Professional Education and for Singapore’s most talented teenagers (the Young Artist Programme). NUS students are also able to access most class activities as elective components of their degree.

To augment its educational offer, YST also hosts an extensive performance calendar with around 200 concerts annually, including a range of international artists and ensembles as well as students and faculty events. There is also a significant community engagement and professional integration programme in Singapore, Asia and across the globe. Additionally, the Conservatory is involved in a range of international networks and partnerships which further enhance the student educational experience as well as ensuring that YST continues to evolve. Students are also supported to find their own pathways into the world, with support available also for exchanges, festivals, projects and competitions.

 

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Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama

+44 (0)29 2034 2854

Castle Grounds, Cathays Park, Cardiff CF10 3ER

Wales

The Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama, 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.

Set in the grounds of Cardiff Castle, bordering one of the largest and most beautiful urban parks in the UK, the College is well known for its distinctly warm and welcoming character. With just over 600 students there is a real sense of community and we are able to offer our students an outstanding level of support.

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.’

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.

Their 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.

 

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Royal Conservatoire of Scotland

+44 (0) 141 332 8901

100 Renfrew Street, Glasgow G2 3DB

Scotland

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

The Royal Conservatoire provides 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.

RCS’ vision is that graduates will enrich the performing arts with new work and will create the future of performance for generations to come. The conservatoire experience is one of total immersion where you can discover and develop your optimum potential.

RCS facilities 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.

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Leeds College of Music

+44 (0)113 222 3400

3 Quarry Hill, Leeds LS2 7PD

North-East England

Leeds College of Music is a leading European conservatoire providing music education to a community of over 1900 musicians through a variety of programmes, including undergraduate and postgraduate degree courses, numerous short courses and Junior LCoM for those aged 9-18.

The conservatoire opened in 1965 as Leeds Music Centre, providing a Light Music course with a significant focus on Jazz. In 1993 Leeds College of Music launched the first Jazz degree in Europe, and in 2004 became the first UK conservatoire to offer Popular Music, Music Production and later Music Business.

50 years since its inception, the conservatoire now has a diverse offering of music degrees spanning Popular Music, Classical Music, Jazz, Music Production, Music Business, Film Music, Songwriting and Folk.

Leeds College of Music is the first and only English conservatoire to hold All-Steinway School status. The conservatoire is also a designated Apple Accredited Training Centre, a regional hub for BASCA (British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors), and a Roland Academy in association with Roland UK.

Over the last 50 years, numerous musicians, industry experts and supporters have been formally associated with the conservatoire. Fellows include Dame Fanny Waterman, Ronnie Scott, Django Bates, Courtney Pine OBE, Marc Almond and most recently Johnny Kalsi. Dr Terry Bramall CBE, Snake Davis, Lesley Garrett CBE, Jeremy Lascelles and John Wallace CBE are Vice Patrons.

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Royal College of Music

+44 (0)20 7591 4300

Royal College of Music, Prince Consort Road, London SW7 2BS, UK

London

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; 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.

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Royal Academy of Music

+44 (0)20 7873 7373

Royal Academy of Music, Marylebone Road, London NW1 5HT, UK

London

The Royal Academy of Music is the oldest conservatoire in the UK, founded in 1822.

Housed in a beautiful old building, surrounded by famous paintings and the historic instruments and manuscripts in the museum, the Academy is one of the most progressive conservatoires in the world. Students access cutting-edge technological resources, the programming is groundbreaking and there are thriving composition, jazz and musical theatre departments.

Academy professors and Heads of Departments are distinguished musicians at the top of the profession, continually attracting outstanding talent from across the globe. No other institution has produced so many outstanding conductors, a list which includes Sir Simon Rattle, Edward Gardner, Ilan Volkov, Ludovic Morlot, Susanna Mälkki and Mark Wigglesworth.

An unparalleled number of RAM graduates join leading orchestras worldwide, and recent principal positions include the Berlin Philharmonic, Vienna Philharmonic, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra, Philharmonia Orchestra and Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, New York.

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Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance

+44 (0)20 8305 4444

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

London

Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance is the UK’s only conservatoire of music and contemporary dance.

Leaders in music and contemporary dance education, Trinity Laban also provide exciting opportunities for the public to encounter dance and music, and access arts health programmes. The unequalled expertise and experience of our staff and our world class facilities are housed in landmark buildings.

In 2005, Trinity College of Music and Laban, leading centres of music and contemporary dance, came together to form Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, the UK’s first ever conservatoire of music and dance.

Trinity Laban’s innovative course provision, exciting performances and groundbreaking education, community and social inclusion work make them a leader in the advancement of creative artistic practice. Their unique conjunction has created exciting opportunities for collaboration between instrumentalists, singers, composers, dancers and choreographers.

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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

London

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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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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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.

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).