Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama

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Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama
Coleg Brenhinol Cerdd a Drama Cymru
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Type Public
Established 1949
Students 645 [1]
Undergraduates 520 [1]
Postgraduates 125 [1]
Location Cardiff, Wales
51°29′08″N 3°11′01″W / 51.4856°N 3.1836°W / 51.4856; -3.1836Coordinates: 51°29′08″N 3°11′01″W / 51.4856°N 3.1836°W / 51.4856; -3.1836
Campus Urban
Affiliations Conservatoires UK, European Association of Conservatoires, Drama UK
NATO Foreign Ministers' dinner held at the Dora Stoutzker Hall, in the college on 4 September 2014

The Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama (Welsh: Coleg Brenhinol Cerdd a Drama Cymru) is a conservatoire located in Cardiff, Wales. It includes three theatres, the Richard Burton Theatre, the Bute Theatre, and the Caird Studio, as well as one concert hall, the Dora Stoutzker Hall. Its alumni include Anthony Hopkins, Aneurin Barnard and Rob Brydon.

History and description[edit]

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.[2][3] 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.[4]

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.[5]

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.[6] A second gala evening was presented at Buckingham Palace in 2016 to celebrate the fifth anniversary of the College's new facilities.[7]

Undergraduate degrees[edit]

The College offers undergraduate degrees in the following areas:

Postgraduate degrees[edit]

The College also offers postgraduate degrees in the following areas;

  • MA Acting for Stage, Screen & Radio
  • MA Advanced Opera Performance
  • MA Arts Management
  • MA Design for Performance
  • MA Jazz
  • MA Musical Theatre
  • MA Opera Directing
  • MA Repetiteur Studies
  • MA Stage & Event Management
  • MMus Brass Band Conducting
  • MMus Choral Conducting
  • MMus Collaborative Piano
  • MMus Composition
  • MMus Historical Performance
  • MMus Music Performance
  • MMus Multi Instrument Woodwind Performance
  • MMus Orchestral Conducting
  • MMus Orchestral Performance
  • Postgraduate Diploma Advanced Professional Practice
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Brass Band Conducting
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Choral Conducting
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Collaborative Piano
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Composition
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Historical Performance
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Jazz
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Music Performance
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Multi Instrument Woodwind Performance
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Orchestral Conducting
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Orchestral Performance


Anthony Hopkins Centre
For full list, see Category:Alumni of the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama


  1. ^ a b c "Table 0a – All students by institution, mode of study, level of study, gender and domicile 2005/06". Higher Education Statistics Agency online statistics. Archived from the original on 2007-05-15. Retrieved 2007-04-06. 
  2. ^ "Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama". University of Glamorgan. Archived from the original on 8 March 2010. 
  3. ^ "Merger deal signals £13m windfall". WalesOnline. 6 January 2007. 
  4. ^ "Corporate Information". Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. Retrieved 24 September 2016. 
  5. ^ "Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama revamp unveiled". BBC News. 2011-06-10. Retrieved 2017-05-23. 
  6. ^ Evans, Gareth (2010-05-05). "RWCMD students perform at Buckingham Palace". walesonline. Retrieved 2017-05-23. 
  7. ^ Association, Hannah Stubbs, Press (2016-02-08). "Gala evening celebrates Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama". walesonline. Retrieved 2017-05-23. 
  8. ^ "Graduation and Honorary Fellows 2007". Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama. 6 July 2007. Archived from the original on 10 February 2008. Retrieved 22 January 2008. 

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