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Studying music in Wales

Students rehearse with Sarah Chang at Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama

The Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama is a great place to study music.

Founded in 1949 as the Cardiff College of Music, it was based in a couple of rooms in Cardiff Castle. In 1977 it moved into new premises in the castle grounds. Already a location to inspire creativity, in 2011 the college completed a £22.5m development. The new facilities include state of the art rehearsal and performance spaces.

With approximately 600 students there is a real community feel. It has an events calendar of over 300 performances per year.

Around two thirds of the students study music, with the rest studying theatre related subjects. The Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama is the first and biggest all- Steinway Conservatoire in the UK. It is on its own in the UK in providing specialist conservatoire training in music, acting, theatre design, stage management and arts management. It is also rare among the conservatoire sector in offering music technology.

The college welcomes students and visiting professionals from around the world. Over the years it has collaborated with institutions in Australia, Germany, Finland and Singapore along with many others.

It also has a close relationship with world class Welsh organisations such as the Welsh National Opera and the BBC National Orchestra of Wales.

Key to the RWCMD ethos is the preparation of its students for the working world and the college has a good employment record among its graduates. Musical alumni of the RWCMD include opera singers Anthony Stuart Lloyd and Rosemary Joshua, James Loye, musical theatre/theatre actor and Dave Stapleton, jazz musician and composer.