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Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama

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NATO Foreign Ministers' dinner held at the Dora Stoutzker Hall, in the college on 4 September 2014
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. It also includes one concert hall, the Dora Stoutzker Hall. Its alumni include Anthony Hopkins, Aneurin Barnard and Rob Brydon.

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The first time I came to Cardiff, it was a really good experience, it was a really positive experience. People were really nice to me, really welcoming. First thing I noticed obviously was the building and, I mean, it's absolutely stunning walking through it, and coming into this foyer. It was quite daunting at first, actually, because you walk in and see this massive open space. But, a big thing was going straight up to the desk and saying I'm here for an audition and the atmosphere being really friendly and open. The building is just phenomenal. The quality of the rooms, of the pianos. The acoustic is just wonderful. It's right next to the park, it's wonderful to be here. As soon as we walked into the building, we were greeted by a student mentor and they help you register and show you where to go and which is your warm-up room. The people that I met were all so friendly and just so welcoming. The people that took me round and showed me around were all so chatty and willing to get to know me. The whole audition team was really helpful and friendly and explained everything in detail. It made me feel at home. I think it's important to research about the College, firstly, so you know a bit about the teachers that teach there, the things that go on around the College and around Cardiff itself. Everyone is stressed on audition day. Everyone needs just a little support from someone, just to make them feel comfortable. We are always told that, in College, they're not looking for a polished article. They want to teach us and that's why we're here, we're here to learn. I think that's an important thing to remember, just go in and try your best and have fun. Good luck!


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.[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 and technical theatre, with approximately two-thirds of its 550 students studying music-related courses and the rest studying drama and technical theatre 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

The College offers undergraduate degrees in the following areas:

  • BMus (Hons) Music
  • BMus (Hons) Jazz
  • BA (Hons) Acting
  • BA (Hons) Stage Management & Technical Theatre
  • BA (Hons) Design for Performance

Postgraduate degrees

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
Anthony Hopkins Centre
For a 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". Wales Online. 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 Online. 10 June 2011. Retrieved 23 May 2017.
  6. ^ Evans, Gareth (5 May 2010). "RWCMD students perform at Buckingham Palace". Wales Online. Retrieved 23 May 2017.
  7. ^ Stubbs, Hannah (8 February 2016). "Gala evening celebrates Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama". Wales Online. Retrieved 23 May 2017.
  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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