Blog

Welcome to our Royal Birmingham Conservatoire blog, the online home for our community of musicians, actors, applied theatre performers and stage managers. Here we'll be sharing our experiences, stories and the latest news from our Music and Acting Departments. 

Audition tips from Julian

Before dedicating his career to music education full-time as Principal of RBC, Julian enjoyed one of the most creative and successful careers in classical music to date, as a cellist playing internationally to high acclaim. However, before retiring from performance Julian’s dedication to music education and access to music was apparent; he founded of the British Government’s In Harmony programme and is also Chair of Sistema England, through which he continues to promote personal and community development in some of England’s most deprived areas. He was elected Fellow of the Royal College of Music in 1994, and in 2014 received the Incorporated Society of Musician’s annual Distinguished Musician Award.

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Meet our Head of Brass, Amos Miller

Find out more about Amos' responsibilities and what he considers the greatest challenges facing new music students.

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Meet our Head of Music Technology, Dr Simon Hall

Take a look at how Simon thinks prospective students can look forward to when they join.

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Meet our Head of Composition, Professor Joe Cutler

Discover Joe's career highlights so far and his favourite thing about working for Royal Birmingham Conservatoire.

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Meet our Head of Woodwind, Jenni Phillips

Learn what Jenni looks for in musicians auditioning to join her department and her main responsibilities.

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Meet our Head of Percussion, Adrian Spillett

Discover more about Adrian's role, his career highlights and his thoughts on what makes a successful musician.

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Meet our Head of Vocal, Paul Wingfield

Learn more about Paul's role, his team, and what he looks for in students auditioning to join the Vocal Department. 

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Three types of drama school student

Take a look at how drama school offers much more more than you might expect.

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MIAGI Europe tour

Postgraduate viola student Tony Holden shares the best bits of the six-week orchestral tour around Europe. 

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Meet our Head of Strings, Dr Louise Lansdown

Find out more about Louise thinks sets RBC apart from other conservatoires.

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