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Make a gift in memory

RCM student playing piano looking down
Making a gift to the Royal College of Music in memory of a loved one allows you both to celebrate their life and to enrich music education for future generations.

There are various ways to remember someone, and four main areas of work towards which you might like your in memory gift to be directed:

  • Scholarships
  • Access and outreach
  • Research and technology
  • Strengthening RCM facilities

You can make a single or regular donation to any of these causes online via the link below. Once you have made your donation, please contact us to let us know that this gift is in memory of a loved one, along with any other information you would like to share.

Please also get in touch if you would like to discuss potential naming opportunities, for example, establishing a scholarship in the name of a loved one, or naming an RCM space in their memory. 

Find out more and donate now

There are several other ways you can make a gift in memory or organise a collection with friends and family:

  • Through funeral collections, using Gift Aid envelopes (we will happily provide these — please contact us)
  • Via an online tribute, through MuchLoved, which allows you to remember and celebrate the life of your loved one and fundraise for the Royal College of Music in their memory
  • By cheque made out to 'The Royal College of Music' with an accompanying note, referencing 'in memory giving'. Please send your cheque for the attention of Emma McCormack to the address at the foot of this webpage. 
  • By leaving a gift in your Will in memory of a loved one

Thank you for considering the RCM in this meaningful way.

Sylvia Hall Harris 1916–2012

Sylvia was born in South Africa and came to London in her early twenties for what was intended to be a six-week holiday. She never went back as she fell in love with Britain and the man who became her husband, and raised a family.

Music, especially singing, was always important to Sylvia; she was an excellent pianist and, although a gifted soprano, never sang professionally but studied in the UK with the celebrated soprano Isobel Baillie.

In South Africa she had been a schoolteacher and once her children were grown up Sylvia devoted her life to helping others, especially the young. For several years she was a very effective Labour local councillor.

She was warm, funny and, above all, kind.

Following her death, her daughter and son-in-law, who had met in the RCM Opera School, felt it was appropriate to establish a fund in Sylvia’s memory to help vocal students experiencing financial hardship, where there was no obvious help elsewhere. Over the last few years the Sylvia Harris Award has given assistance of one-off payments varying from a few hundred to one or two thousand pounds to help RCM vocal students needing urgent help with problems ranging from fees for medical issues and post-operative recuperation, to costs for counselling or simply enabling them to graduate. 

She would be delighted.

Get in touch

To discuss in memory giving further, please contact Emma McCormack. 

Emma McCormack

Supporter Engagement Manager (Legacies)

+44 (0)20 7591 4761