Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama
|Coleg Brenhinol Cerdd a Drama Cymru
|Affiliations||Conservatoires UK, European Association of Conservatoires, Drama UK|
History and description
The College was established in 1949 as Cardiff College of Music at Cardiff Castle, but has since moved to purpose-built accommodation within the castle grounds of Bute Park near Cardiff University. It later changed its name to the Welsh College of Music & Drama before being awarded its Royal title in The Queen's Golden Jubilee in 2002, making it the fifth conservatoire to be awarded this title.
From its opening, the College's degrees were awarded by the University of Wales and in 2004 the College became part of the federal university. In 2007, however, it left the university and agreed to a merger (referred to as a "strategic alliance") with the University of Glamorgan. The University of Glamorgan merged with the University of Wales, Newport in 2013 to form the University of South Wales, so RWCMD is now part of the University of South Wales Group.
The college provides education and training in the performing arts, with approximately two-thirds of its 550 students studying music-related courses and the rest studying drama-related courses. It was the first and is only one of two All-Steinway conservatoires in the UK, along with Leeds College of Music.
A £22.5m expansion of the College was opened in 2011, including two new performance venues (Richard Burton Theatre and Dora Stoutzker Hall), a new front of house area and rehearsal studios.
In 2010, as part of the College's 60th anniversary celebrations, students from the College performed in a gala concert at Buckingham Palace, attended by the College's Patron HRH The Prince of Wales. A second gala evening was presented at Buckingham Palace in 2016 to celebrate the fifth anniversary of the College's new facilities.
The College offers undergraduate degrees in the following areas:
The College also offers postgraduate degrees in the following areas;
- MA Musical Theatre
- MA Event Production
- MMus Music
- MA Music Performance
- MA Choral Conducting (New to 2008)
- MMus Creative Music Technology by Distance Learning
- MA Music Therapy (discontinued)
- MPhil/PhD Music (Composition/Performance)
- MA Theatre Design
- MA Arts Management
- MA Stage Management
- PGDip Music
- PGradDip Stage Management/Technical Theatre
- PGradDip Theatre Design
- PGradDip Lighting Design
- MA Arts Management
- PGDip Acting
- PGDip Conducting
- For full list, see Category:Alumni of the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama
- Alexander Vlahos
- Joe Blackman
- Anthony Boyle
- Rob Brydon
- Alun Cochrane
- Anthony Hopkins
- Ruth Jones
- Jo Joyner
- James Loye
- Eve Myles
- Kimberley Nixon
- Tony Maudsley
- Aneurin Barnard
- Adrian Lewis Morgan
- Rakie Ayola
- David Thaxton
- Jan Anderson
- Steven Meo
- Zahra Ahmadi
- Dougray Scott
- Lucy Gaskell
- Anthony Stuart Lloyd
- Ben Slade (joint course with UWIC)
- Mary Woodvine
- Victoria Wicks
- Ieuan Rhys
- Richard Elis
- James Sutton
- Andrew Harwood Mills
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- "Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama". University of Glamorgan. Archived from the original on 8 March 2010.
- "Merger deal signals £13m windfall". WalesOnline. 6 January 2007.
- "Corporate Information". Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. Retrieved 24 September 2016.
- "Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama revamp unveiled". BBC News. 2011-06-10. Retrieved 2017-05-23.
- Evans, Gareth (2010-05-05). "RWCMD students perform at Buckingham Palace". walesonline. Retrieved 2017-05-23.
- Association, Hannah Stubbs, Press (2016-02-08). "Gala evening celebrates Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama". walesonline. Retrieved 2017-05-23.
- "Graduation and Honorary Fellows 2007". Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama. 6 July 2007. Retrieved 2008-01-22.