Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama (RWCMD) was founded as the Cardiff College of Music in 1949. In 2007 it became part of the University of South Wales. 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. It was the first and is only one of two All-Steinway conservatoires in the UK, along with Leeds College of Music. Their ambition is to make an ever more central contribution to the cultural life of Cardiff, to Wales, and through our graduates, to the international arts industry.
The College educates some of the most talented students from around the world, aiming to give them not just the technical and craft skills they’ll need to succeed at the top levels of the profession, but also to help them to develop their individual artistic ‘voice.’ The Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama offers high-quality training and resources, a life-enhancing curriculum and achieves the highest possible standards. The Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama produces graduates who are articulate, thinking and innovative in their art forms and offers the music and theatre industries a regular and highly skilled workforce. The Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama contributes to, influences and fosters the cultural and artistic life of Wales and beyond, and can represent Wales on the world stage.
Programmes offered are: BMus (Hons) Music, BMus (Hons) Jazz, BA (Hons) Acting, BA (Hons) Stage Management and BA (Hons) Theatre Design, Music Performance, Orchestral Performance, Historical Performance, Jazz; Repetiteurship, Acting for Stage, Screen and Radio, Musical Theatre, Opera Performance- Stage Management, Theatre Design, Scenic Arts & Construction for Stage and Screen, Event Production, Arts Management- Composition, Creative Audio & New Media, Creative Music Technology (Distance Learning), Orchestral Conducting, Brass Band Conducting, Choral Conducting, MPhil/PhD Music. The College’s events calendar encompasses over 300 public performances every year including orchestral concerts, recitals, drama, opera and musical theatre. In June 2011, the Royal Welsh College’s dream of having its own world-class performance and rehearsal spaces became a reality. The total number of students enrolled in the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama is about 645. Every year over 300 performances and events take place at RWCMD and other venues, featuring students and visiting artists. Musicians, actors, designers, stage managers and arts managers work together on many of these productions – just as they will after graduation.
RWCMD is a member of the National Council for Drama Training and Conservatoires UK. RWCMD is preparing its contemporary music students to find new ways of reaching and communicating with audiences. With technology increasingly affecting all aspects of professional life, all composers need to be thoroughly conversant with scoring software, recording, sound sourcing, sound manipulation and so on. RWCMD has an established work placement scheme that benefits students, giving valuable experience and contacts for future careers. Postgraduate music students in particular are given performance practice training supported by seminars, tutorials and symposia, and will be trained in performance analysis and presentation.