Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama

Cardiff, Wales, United Kingdom
The Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama is the National Conservatoire of Wales and a leading UK provider of specialist practical and performance-based training in music and drama.


The Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama is the National Conservatoire of Wales and a leading UK provider of specialist practical and performance-based training in music and drama.

We provide training that will enable our students to discover and develop their own artistic individuality and to not only to enter the music, theatre and related professions but to shape the future of those professions.

Our dedicated teachers have a wealth of professional experience and the College collaborates with a number of high-profile arts organizations, visiting artists and directors to ensure that the unique vocational nature of our training programmes reflect the current practices and conditions of the professional world.

We welcome talented students from all backgrounds and we strive to maintain a diverse, inclusive community. Our students work in a down-to-earth and friendly environment and they receive excellent levels of support and encouragement from a wide network of individuals. With just 600 students, there is a real sense of community.

Our events calendar encompasses over 300 public performances every year including orchestral concerts, recitals, drama, opera and musical theatre. The creative diversity of the College ensures a stimulating environment and broad experience for students of all disciplines.

Our graduates continue from success to success and can be found working in theatres, opera houses, concert halls, film, TV and radio all around the world, many at the leading edge of their profession. Our graduating students overwhelmingly agree that our courses have helped them to present themselves, and tackle new situations, with confidence. The College also enjoys the support of a prestigious and growing list of friends and benefactors, including many well-known faces.

The college is constantly pushing boundaries with new and exciting programmes of study. Our focus is always on the future and we take immense pride in the world-class talent of our students.


The Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama offers students a wide range of performance opportunities and other practical experiences in an environment that accurately reflects the practices and conditions of the professions to which they aspire.

It is imperative that our students train in professional facilities so that they can move seamlessly onto the national and international stage, says Principal Hilary Boulding.

In the summer of 2011 our £22.5 million redevelopment of campus facilities opened. A 21st century addition to Cardiffs historic city centre arcades, the development will complement the Colleges existing high quality facilities with:

  • An acoustically excellent 450 capacity recital hall
  • 160 seat theatre with dress circle and teaching gallery
  • 4 full-sized, double height acting and movement studios
  • A magnificent entrance arcade/exhibition space
  • Public café bar and terrace overlooking the historic Bute Park

The Raymond Edwards Building houses professional standard facilities and well equipped group and private study spaces:

  • Bute Theatre (flexible seating capacity)
  • Caird Studio Theatre (flexible seating capacity)
  • Sir Geraint Evans Recital Room
  • Practice rooms
  • Classrooms
  • Design Studios
  • Theatre Design workshops
  • Extensive library
  • IT Suite

The campus also includes an award-winning restoration of the former castle mews buildings, now called the Anthony Hopkins Centre:

Two modern recital galleries, The Weston Gallery and the Corus Recital Room

  • S4C Studio Theatre
  • Professional recording studio
  • Courtyard performance space
  • Music practice rooms

Student Life

Young and ambitious - Cardiff, is a contemporary, vibrant city which is full of life and future plans. With a long and fascinating history, Cardiff can be described as truly cosmopolitan and is beautifully positioned with the Brecon Beacons located to the north and Glamorgan Heritage coastline to the south.

Cardiff is a compact and understated city but, like other capital cities across Europe, it plays host to a wonderful array of leisure and cultural attractions. As a devolved nation, Wales has a number of national institutions including our own Welsh Assembly, home of the Welsh Assembly Government, the Millennium Stadium, Welsh National Opera and the National Museum Cardiff. It is also home to broadcasters BBC Wales - producers of the ever popular Dr Who and Torchwood series - ITV Wales and S4C, the national Welsh Language channel. The Welsh language itself dates back to the sixth century and is spoken by just over a fifth of Welsh people.

Studying in the Welsh capital - Cardiff is a well established university city with Cardiff University, UWIC and the University of Glamorgan - Cardiff campus, ATRiuM based around the city.

The Royal Bank of Scotland's 2006 Student Living Index ranked Cardiff as the most cost-effective place to study for financially savvy undergraduates. South Wales offers excellent value for money for visitors with the British Tourist Authority recently naming Cardiff as one of the best-value cities in the world. Food, entertainment, accommodation, and other day-to-day costs are much lower than in many other parts of the UK. Of course, as a student, you will also get lots of concessions on everything from cinema tickets to haircuts.

Whatever you're looking for, Cardiff caters for a wide variety of tastes and interests. Recently described as the 'epitome of cool, pulsing with a creative energy and relaxed atmosphere that complements its youthful heritage' in the latest edition of the Lonely Planet Guide to Great Britain, Cardiff continues to impress the thousands of visitors, students and residents that come here every year.


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