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Royal College of Music ranked global number one for performing arts

Wednesday 6 April 2022

The Royal College of Music has been ranked as the global top institution for performing arts in the 2022 QS World University Rankings by Subject.

The QS rankings not only measure the strength and quality of teaching, but also the quality and output of research activity, employability and the RCM’s international profile. Rankings are compiled from the opinions of academics and employers and from analysis of research output and impact.

Professor Colin Lawson, Director of the Royal College of Music, comments: ‘I am enormously proud of the entire RCM community. To be ranked as the global number one institution for performing arts reflects the dedicated work by the teaching staff, professors and professional services staff, all of whom work tirelessly to ensure that RCM students receive the best possible opportunities in an environment that closely mirrors the professional world. This result is testament to our ongoing commitment to our talented students who choose to study at this world-leading institution.’

In recent years the Royal College of Music has transformed its campus and the students’ learning environment, adding a new performance hall, a new performance studio, a new, large café and courtyard area and a new Museum.

The Royal College of Music nurtures gifted musicians from all over the world for international careers as performers, conductors and composers. Opened in 1883 by the then Prince of Wales (later Edward VII), the RCM has trained many of the most important figures in British and international music life, including composers Benjamin Britten, Rebecca Clarke, Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, Gustav and Imogen Holst, Anna Meredith, Michael Tippett, Mark-Anthony Turnage, Lord Lloyd Webber, Ralph Vaughan Williams; conductors including Sir Colin Davis, Sir Roger Norrington and Leopold Stokowski; singers including Sir Thomas Allen, Alfie Boe, Dame Sarah Connolly, Barry Douglas, Gerald Finley, Dame Gwyneth Jones and Dame Joan Sutherland; instrumentalists including Sir James Galway, John Lill, Alina Ibragimova, Dame Thea King, Gervase de Peyer, Trevor Pinnock and guitarist John Williams. Musicians from the RCM are consistently at the forefront of the musical life of the UK and around the world as soloists, composers, orchestral performers, musical directors, arrangers, teachers, and artistic leaders.

The RCM has one of the richest public performance programmes of any conservatoire with over 500 events open to the public each year. To book concert tickets or a visit to the Royal College of Music Museum visit the Explore section of the RCM website.

To find out more about studying at the Royal College of Music, visit our Study pages.