Royal College of Music

The Royal College of Music ( RCM) is a renowned College of Music in Kensington, London.

History and tasks

(Later Edward VII ), founded in 1882 as the successor to the National Training School for Music by the then Prince of Wales, the College was opened in 1883, with George Grove as their leader. A singing teacher of the first hour ( until 1886 ) was the famous all over Europe and America, " Swedish Nightingale " Jenny Lind. 1894 moved the college to its present address in Albertopolis - cultural quarter, where it is adjacent to Imperial College, London, opposite the Royal Albert Hall. In the same year Hubert Parry took charge and kept at this until 1918.

The Academy of Music teaches all contents of the Western classical music, from the student to the PhD. It has a comprehensive musical instrument museum, which is open to the public.

The Royal College of Music also includes a Junior Department with more than 300 students between 10 and 18 years, there can learn all the instruments, vocals, composition and performance practice in ensembles and orchestras. A Summer School is also held annually for 30 young musicians from the United Kingdom. There are plans to enlarge its scope.

Known students

Instrument Museum

The Musical Instrument Museum of the college has a collection of 800 exhibits, mainly from the western culture, but also some from Africa or Asia. The museum is housed in a specially constructed for this purpose building from 1970. The collection includes more than a dozen Stradivarius violins.

Other Collections

The lending and reference collection of colleges comprise several hundred thousand unique pieces. including numerous manuscripts by composers such as Mozart, Haydn, and also numerous letters, including a major collection of his works. Furthermore, there are thousands of musical incunabula. The modern prints are borrowed, unless they are required by the College. There are also thousands of images, and an extensive library with hundreds of music magazines.

The Department of Portraits and Performance History has a collection of 340 original portraits and 10,000 prints and photographs; a collection of 600,000 concert programs from 1720 to the present; and extensive pieces of evidence from the fields of opera, instruments, title page and concert hall design.

Transport links

The nearest London Underground station is South Kensington.