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. 

Brass band conducting student takes up the baton

Tom Stoneman, the first student to gain a place (with scholarship) on Royal Birmingham Conservatoire's new MMus course in Brass Band Conducting, has already landed a Musical Director position with the Shirley Band in Solihull, within weeks of the start of term.

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Invaluable advice from acting graduate Corey Campbell

Corey Campbell (graduated BA Acting, 2013) is the founder and Creative Director of Strictly Arts, a physical theatre c...

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Why study acting at a conservatoire or drama school?

Deciding where to train and which course is best for you can feel like a very daunting task – there are so many instit...

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Andrew Lloyd Webber scholarship recipient Aaron Price

Since 2018 The Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation has funded a scholarship at Royal Birmingham Conservatoire which is award...

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The Big F.A.T. Weekend

If you had asked me three years ago to make a theatre piece in just two months with only £100 budget, I probably would ...

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Royal Birmingham Conservatoire Fresher’s Fair

The Royal Birmingham Conservatoire Fresher’s Fair will be taking place between 11am-3pm on Monday 16 th September in...

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Meet our Head of Percussion, Toby Kearney

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

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My first year as a Stage Manager

During the summer leading up to starting it didn’t really sink in that I was going to university, and it wasn’t until I...

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Conservatoire students’ sport and physical hobbies

Conservatoire students are very dedicated; practise, study and performance takes up a lot of time. However it’s also i...

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Conservatoire students’ creative hobbies

It's important for students to have some time away their studies to help them relax and unwind. Have a look at some of ...

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My first year experience at RBC

I’m Phoebe – I’m a trumpet player from Northamptonshire, and I’ve just completed my first year on the BMus course at R...

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Lifting the Lid - devised by first year Applied Theatre students

My name is Elena Yianni and I am studying for a degree in Applied Theatre at Royal Birmingham Conservatoire. At the en...

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Meet the Course Director of BA Stage Management, Jacqui Findlay

BA (Hons) Stage Management Course Director, Jacqui Findlay tells us what its like training the stage managers of the fu...

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What can I experience at an RBC Open Day?

Choosing where to study as an aspiring musician, composer or music technologist is a big decision. I recommend attendi...

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A year in our Eastside Venues

During the final year of RBC’s BA (Hons) Acting degree, all actors have the chance to audition to represent the school...

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Meet the Course Director of BA Applied Theatre, Peter Wynne Willson

BA (Hons) Applied Theatre Course Director, Peter Wynne Willson tells us what the course means to him, how his career ha...

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Meet the Course Director of BA Acting, Danièle Sanderson

Danièle Sanderson, BA (Hons) Acting Course Director, tells us a bit about Acting at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire,...

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Graduating actors compete for top prizes: Sam Wanamaker Festival

During the final year of RBC’s BA (Hons) Acting degree, all actors have the chance to represent the school in any of th...

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Stage Management presents…Until Proven Guilty

Each year, RBC’s third year Stage Management students stage an immersive theatre project, the aim being that the audie...

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Graduating actors compete for top prizes: Sondheim Competition

During the final year of RBC’s BA (Hons) Acting degree, all actors have the chance to represent the school in any of t...

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Graduating actors compete for top prizes: Alan Bates Award

During the final year of RBC’s BA (Hons) Acting degree, all actors have the chance to represent the school in any of t...

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Graduating actors compete for top prizes: The BBC Carleton Hobbs Competition

During the final year of RBC’s BA (Hons) Acting degree, all actors have the chance to audition to represent the school...

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Healthy and happy musicians

Amos Miller has been Head of Brass at RBC since September 2018, having spent the previous 23 years as a freelance trom...

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First show to final show – what I’ve learnt

Final year BA (Hons) Acting students spoke to us about their first show on the course compared to their final show bef...

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Hidden in Plain Sight showcased at the MAC Theatre

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Landing my professional acting job, before graduation!

My name is Seb Yates Cridland. I grew up in Leighton Buzzard, Bedfordshire and found a love for theatre at an early ag...

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What I’ve learned studying at a Conservatoire

Final year composition student, Emily Abdy, tells us about the main things she's learned whilst studying at Royal Birmi...

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BA Acting Showcase 2019

When you start training at any drama school, everyone is very much aware of the importance of showcase in their final ...

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Expansion of the Elmhurst Ballet Piano Scheme

Following a successful pilot in 2017, we are pleased to see the expansion of our Ballet Piano Scheme for piano student...

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Stage Management celebrates 10th Birthday

Royal Birmingham Conservatoire’s BA (Hons) Stage Management course celebrated its 10-year birthday in October 2018. The...

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Meet the course director of MA Acting, Lise olson

Previous to her role as Course Director of MA Acting at Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, Lise trained actors for a decad...

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Meet Alex Taylor, Head of Postgraduate study (Acting)

Alex Taylor , Head of Postgraduate Studies (Acting) for Royal Birmingham Conservatoire. He is also Course Director for ...

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A trip to Abbey Road

On the 26 October composer Rosie Tunley and a band of Royal Birmingham Conservatoire musicians featuring Kai Chareunsy,...

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Applied Theatre students in Seoul

Follow our applied theatre students on their trip to Seoul.

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Audition tips from Julian

Before dedicating his career to music education full-time as Principal of RBC, Julian enjoyed one of the most creative ...

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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 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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