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Members of staff stood in front of the new More Music Donor Recognition, a projection of names against a wall, of the RCM’s café.

Royal College of Music recognises landmark support for ‘More Music’ Campaign

Monday 14 March 2022

The Royal College of Music recently unveiled its new donor recognition display in the College’s new café. The projection features the names of around 700 supporters who have donated £1,000 and above to the More Music: Reimagining the Royal College of Music Campaign over the last decade. The campaign is now in its final stages with less than £1 million remaining until the £25 million building development target is achieved.

The campaign was born out of a desire to strengthen the College’s facilities, support the most talented young musicians, widen access to music education and promote innovation. Thanks to the support of More Music Founding Patrons, Leadership and Principal Supporters, and hundreds of donors, these aims have been realised. The RCM’s campus has undergone a transformational redevelopment, providing facilities that enhance opportunities for students and visitors alike. The More Music Campaign has allowed the footprint of the iconic South Kensington site almost to double in recent years. Additions to the campus include the creation of two new performance spaces, a brand-new, critically acclaimed Royal College of Music Museum, practice rooms for students and a new café and the 1851 Courtyard for students, staff and visitors to enjoy. Each of these additions contributes to an inspirational environment in which students can create, research, and perform for generations to come.

Furthermore, the More Music Campaign has allowed for the extension of the RCM’s scholarships programme. Currently more than 50% of full-time students receive some financial support through the Scholarships Fund, which enables talented young musicians to access the world-class education the College offers, regardless of their means. One scholarship supporter, Robert Anderson, says: ‘My scholar graduated last year and even I can hear progress and see a growth of confidence that gives me great pleasure. […] I don’t know why I have not been supporting RCM scholarships for years.’ The More Music Campaign has also improved research and digital capabilities; provided innovative academic initiatives; and offers more opportunities to widen access to classical music through a flourishing community engagement programme.

Chairman of the More Music Campaign, Geoffrey Richards HonRCM, says: ‘Engaged philanthropy at the RCM is essential. The generous support of our donors provides students with the facilities, scholarships, instruments and innovative teaching for success as world-class musicians. But excellence requires continual investment. I add my personal gratitude to everyone who has given generously to More Music and thank in advance those who will support us on this final stage of our journey.'

As the More Music: Reimagining the Royal College of Music Campaign nears its target, the RCM would like to thank everybody who has supported the campaign so far. To find out more about the campaign and how you can donate to secure the future of music education, visit www.rcm.ac.uk/moremusic. Alternatively, you can contact Emma Adlard, Head of Philanthropy in confidence.

Photo credit: © Harry Pseftoudis