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Facilities at the


London Britain’s capital is an exciting and inspiring city. 30% of its residents were born outside England, and more than 300 languages are spoken here: as one of the world’s most cosmopolitan cities, it offers an unrivalled range of cultural and leisure activities.

The Academy is outstandingly located at the apex of Regency London, within easy reach of many of the city’s finest cultural institutions including the Royal Academy of Arts, Wigmore Hall, Kings Place, the Wallace Collection, Asia House, the British Museum and the National Gallery.

The Academy’s main building, pictured above, was built in 1911. A plethora of further facilities have been added subsequently, with particularly rapid development in the past ten years.

The Academy includes all the requirements of a modern conservatoire:


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over 100 teaching and practice studios, rehearsal and lecture rooms several large concert rooms the 120-seat David Josefowitz Recital Hall the modernised Sir Jack Lyons Theatre the Duke’s Hall, a 400-seat concert venue electronic and recording studios a fully up-to-date Creative Technology Suite a well-equipped library an excellent canteen serving healthy and value-for-money meals, including vegetarian options a museum which displays some of the Academy’s valuable and historic instruments and manuscripts and which hosts regular public research events the Academy Chimes shop, which stocks a very wide range of printed music, books and accessories

The Academy is open during term-time from 7am to 11pm (10pm at weekends) and on a more restricted basis during vacations.

At the Academy, you will study only minutes away from the green spaces of Regent’s Park and the many vibrant restaurants, bars and shops of Marylebone Village. Our location at the heart of the transport network provides easy access from all parts of London and beyond.

Accommodation The Academy has access to a wide range of accommodation, including halls of residence in the University of London.

Library In addition to the facilities you would expect for undergraduate and postgraduate students, the Library has historical collections of international significance and is a recognised centre for research.

The Library has over 200,000 items, including early printed and manuscript materials, a substantial collection of recordings and audio facilities. Students can apply for access to the University of London Library and the British Library if they require yet further resources.

The Library houses archives of many eminent musicians. See page 48 for details.

The Orchestral Library has about 4,000 sets of parts, constantly augmented with new acquisitions. Important research collections include the libraries of Sir Henry Wood and Otto Klemperer.

E-learning Workstations are available throughout opening hours, equipped with the latest software including word-processing, spreadsheets, desk-top publishing and music notation. The Academy is also enabled for wireless networking from students’ personal computers. Students have free access to email and the internet as well as to an increasing range of e-learning initiatives. The Academy provides computer training, enabling students to master essential management and promotional skills.

Instruments The Academy’s collection of over 250 prestigious stringed instruments, in modern, classical and baroque set-up, is regarded as the finest of its type in the world. There is also a varied stock of woodwind and brass instruments and a substantial collection of modern copies for ‘period’ performance. See page 48 for details.

The Academy regularly updates its stock of pianos. On-site piano maintenance and rebuilding technicians ensure that all instruments are kept in top condition.

Junior Academy Junior Academy offers courses at the Royal Academy of Music on Saturdays for talented and committed young musicians of secondary school age (12–18) as well as a dedicated Junior Jazz course. Primary Academy (age 8–12) provides for the musical development of the most able younger musicians. There are also more general preliminary courses (age 4 –8). Full details can be obtained from Junior Academy at the main Academy address; telephone 020 7873 7380; email

Virtual Tour You can explore many of the Academy’s performance, rehearsal and social spaces by taking a 3D tour at

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