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Royal Academy of Music

The Royal Academy of Music is the longest standing conservatoire in the UK and second oldest in the world.

Students on roof of Birkbeck

Alumni include Elton John, Simon Rattle, Max Richter, Annie Lennox, Evelyn Glennie, Jonathon Heyward, Jacob Collier, Freddie de Tommaso and Sheku and Isata Kanneh-Mason.

800 students from over 50 countries are enrolled on undergraduate, postgraduate and research programmes, covering orchestral instruments, piano, opera and conducting, jazz, musical theatre and composition.

The Academy has wide-ranging connections with professional partners throughout the UK and internationally and an unrivalled roster of world-renowned visiting artists.

The Academy is the originator of the Sir Elton John Global Exchange Scheme, a pioneering network of the world’s leading conservatoires (including the Juilliard School New York and the Paris Conservatoire) to promote global mobility for the most outstanding young musicians of each generation.

International students

With students from 50 countries across the globe the Academy is a welcoming and diverse organization.

Quick Fact

97% of BMus students graduated with first or upper second class degrees and 98% of MA/MMus students graduated with distinction or merit in 2022/23.

Students present around 500 events across the year including symphony and chamber orchestral work, new music festivals, student-led events, jazz concerts, operas and musical theatre productions and SIDE-BY-Side presentations with the world’s leading professionals.

Each year 83% of Academy students receive in scholarships and financial assistance for talented musicians (totaling around £5.3m).



I never imagined I would meet my heroes, let alone work with them.

Desmonda Cathabel, MA Musical Theatre

This building has been absolutely at the centre of everything I have done, everything I have learnt.

Sir Simon Rattle

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