Royal Birmingham Conservatoire Association

Supporting Royal Birmingham Conservatoire students for over 30 years

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Registered Charity No. 1067676
President: Professor George Caird HonFBC

Royal Birmingham Conservatoire Association (RBCA) is a subscription based charitable organisation that is open to anyone to join. RBCA is a registered charity (No. 1067676) which supports the work of Royal Birmingham Conservatoire. Established in 1981 by Emeritus Founder Member Peter Ward (HonFBC) as the Birmingham School of Music (BSM) Association, the membership consists of alumni, current and former members of staff, parents, friends and all those wishing to support the Association's objectives.

RBCA Honorary Members

Royal Birmingham Conservatoire Association Honorary members include Honorary Fellows, as well as those individuals on whom an Honorary Fellowship or Honorary Doctorate of Birmingham City University /Royal Birmingham Conservatoire has been conferred.

RBCA's stated aim is to "advance the education of the students of Royal Birmingham Conservatoire in music and subjects related thereto" (Constitution para.2). In practice, this means RBCA is able to offer advice to students and, by means of member's subscriptions, give students some financial assistance in the pursuit of their studies. Examples of such support include

  • an annual Undergraduate Welcome
  • the CBSO Learning and Participation Programme
  • donations to individual students for the purchase of instruments

RBCA jointly produces a newsletter with the Conservatoire, Fanfare, which members receive free of charge, and has worked with the University's Alumni Association to organise several alumni reunion events.

Membership information and how to join

Membership of RBCA enables individuals to support Conservatoire students in their education, whilst keeping abreast of the college's future developments and successes. Membership is by subscription and open to all.

Find out how to join RBCA

RBCA Officers

Rosemary Phillips Chair of Trustees
John D Smith Hon Secretary
Helen Mills Hon Treasurer