‘Being a composer today is about having the confidence and the strength to be yourself – realising your own personal ideas and creating your own individual music. ’The Composition Faculty at the Royal College of Music focuses on both the creative and commercial aspects of being a composer. We aim to build and sustain your craft, be it composition for the concert hall, the opera house or for film, television and media. Composers are offered a wholly exceptional performance environment in which they have the opportunity to hear their compositions played by resident and visiting musicians, RCM orchestras, ensembles and fellow students of the highest technical and musical ability. RCM composer Ryan Cockerham creates installations to accompany a contemporary sculpture exhibition at the Royal British Society of Sculptors. One-to-one lessons are at the very heart of every RCM student s learning experience. Our professors are some of the biggest names in their fields, including Mark-Anthony Turnage and Gilbert Nouno as well as Royal Philharmonic Society Composition Prize winners Jonathan Cole and Dai Fujikura. Individual lessons and visits from established composers provide an unrivalled opportunity for students to nurture and develop creative and technical skills as well as a distinctive compositional voice.
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This allows students to concentrate on developing the skills necessary for a demanding but rewarding profession. London is one of the busiest production centres in the world for the film, television and advertising industries. Studying Composition for Screen at the RCM will put you at the heart of a creative environment full of exciting potential. Bill Mival, Head of Composition, in conversation with Sir Colin Matthews'I was thrilled to find myself part of a conservatoire offering a nurturing yet professional teaching environment, with exceptional musicians open to collaboration and thoughtful, encouraging peers. ''I have had the opportunity to study with great composers like Chaya Czernowin and Michael Finnissy.
These experiences have encouraged me to pursue my dreams as a professional composer. ''What I’ve found at the RCM has surpassed my expectations, with professional quality studios, world class players, and access to invaluable mentors and guest artists. ''Collaborating with filmmakers from other schools has been one of the most relevant experiences for me. ] essential for my future career. Composers will hear performances of their own works in a variety of contexts and have the opportunity to benefit from a range of collaborations, which we host regularly with artistic organisations in London and beyond.
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RCM composers enjoy collaborations with artistic organisations in London and beyond. Our students have worked on music for the health app Rhapsody with Chelsea and Westminster Health Charity, developed soundtracks to two exhibitions at the Royal British Society of Sculptors, composed new works inspired by the Sensing Spaces architectural exhibition at the Royal Academy of Arts and collaborated with the National Portrait Gallery. The RCM enjoys regular collaborations with opera production company T te T te and director Bill Bankes-Jones. Together with the RCM International Opera School we stage a collection of brand new short operas by RCM composers. Previous productions have taken as their themes Hogarth's Stages, Great Expectations and Crime and Punishment.
Our alumni work across the world, including Hollywood and London, winning BAFTAs, Grammys, Golden Globes, Academy Awards and other accolades for their work in film, television and video games. Our students enjoy regular visits from world-leading professionals, including composers, arrangers and sound designers working in a number of fields. Recent visitors, who have given talks, performances and masterclasses, have included: RCM composers have regularly won prizes at major international competitions, including: RCM composers have also enjoyed prestigious composer in residence positions with institutions such as:
Recent commissions from students, current faculty and alumni include works for: The RCM s Creative Careers Centre, which is recognised internationally for its innovative approach to supporting young musicians, provides an unparalleled service to current students and recent alumni. The dedicated team partners with leading consultants, reputable arts organisations and local communities, delivering unique career-building opportunities and a direct route to the music industry. The work of the Creative Careers Centre allows students to discover their professional identity, gain hands-on experience and new skills, develop an entrepreneurial mind-set and build a fulfilling professional portfolio. Extensive performance and teaching opportunities are available, as well as valuable guidance on CV and biography writing, concert programming, communication skills, project management, marketing and publicity, online promotion, financial matters and how to develop a business idea.
We continually invest in our facilities to ensure RCM students have the very best opportunities.