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Music to their ears: Prince Charles backs funding campaign for Royal College of Music

The Royal College of Music, founded in 1882 by the then Prince of Wales (later King Edward VII), is one of the world’s leading conservatories. It provides specialised musical education and professional training at the highest international level for performers, conductors and composers.

Prince Charles has been President of the Royal College since 1993, and its Patron is The Queen.

The RCM is located directly opposite the Royal Albert Hall.

The RCM is located directly opposite the Royal Albert Hall.

Charles last visited the RCM in March. The Prince presented various awards, prizes, honourary memberships and Fellowships before conferring the HonDMus award on two individuals.

Prince Charles has supported a fundraising campaign to support funding for a £25 million development of the Royal College of Music (RCM).

Charles, who has been president of the RCM for more than 20 years, has agreed to be patron of its More Music campaign.

Located in South Kensington opposite the Royal Albert Hall, the College wants to create two new performance spaces, practice rooms and a new home for its museum of music. They have hired architect John Simpson to design the new building.

“John Simpson’s vision makes best use of the RCM’s space and was unanimously selected by the RCM Council. In extending the language of the existing building, his design showcases a sensitive response to the RCM’s Victorian heritage,” Chairman Professor Lord Winston commented.

Simpson continued: “The proposed works will unlock the RCM’s potential and secure its long term future as a world-leading music conservatoire.”

The College was founded in 1882 by the then Prince of Wales (later King Edward VII.

Former students include Vaughan Williams, Dame Joan Sutherland, James Galway and Julian Lloyd Webber.

RCM Fellow Nicola Benedetti stated: “I am thrilled to hear of the Royal College of Music’s plans to develop its facilities.”

“The College is a leader in high-level music education and I’m quite sure these plans will only develop this institution further, offering facilities that match its artistic ambitions and achievements. I hope these plans will come to fruition and that the Royal College will continue to offer future generations a rich and varied education in music,” Benedetti concluded.

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