The oldest music school in the UK, the Royal Academy of Music was founded in 1822 and was responsible for the formal musical education of the likes of Sir Elton John, Annie Lennox and Simon Rattle. Catering for over 800 students, it was named the UK's best music school in 2018 by both the Complete University Guide and the Guardian University Guide. It is a constituent college of the University of London.
It offers training in performance, composition, jazz, musical theatre and opera, offering undergraduate and postgraduate courses as well as its Junior Academy programme for under 18s. It also runs an Open Academy programme offering music projects, performances and education to the local community. Its museum houses one of the world's most notable collections of musical instruments and artefacts, including manuscripts by Handel and Purcell. Their library houses over 160,000 items, including early printed and manuscript materials and extensive audio content.
Its campus is located on Marylebone Road next to the leafy calm of Regent's Park and a short walk from Oxford Circus. Many of our London buildings are within a 30 minute journey, with our Bloomsbury residence just an 8-minute bus ride away.
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