On Thursday 23 January we hosted another successful Open Day at Royal Birmingham Conservatoire! As well as talks giving all of the relevant information needed for prospective students interested in studying with us, the day was crammed full of performances, workshops and tours, showcasing everything RBC has to offer. We have compiled a few of the highlights below, so if you missed it you know what to expect from the next event which will take place in June!
Appropriate for a music and acting institution, our Open Day never begins quietly! RBC’s Percussion Department kicked off the day in Boult’s Bar with ensemble and duo performances that were met with loud applause. This was shortly followed by a short but lively set from the Conservatoire Folk Ensemble in The Bradshaw Hall which preceded the day’s Welcome Talk, hosted by our Principal, Julian Lloyd Webber.
Loud and proud
Performance is at the heart of what happens here at RBC, so after a lively start there were multiple opportunities to see performances from RBC’s current students throughout the day. This included regular performances in Boult’s Bar, a Jazz Department concert, Brass Band concert, Early Music Department performances, and even a chance to observe our Symphony Orchestra rehearsing with the Berlin Philharmonic’s Principal Oboist Jonathan Kelly, ahead of their performance which took place the next evening!
One of the most well-received performances of the day was an impressive Open Day debut from RBC’s Acting students, who performed musical excerpts from their production of ‘Little Women’ which was staged in October 2019. Talks about our Acting, Applied Theatre and Stage Management courses also ran all day giving visitors information about course content, student experience and the auditions process. It was a pleasure to have our actors perform at an RBC Open Day for the first time since our music and acting schools merged in 2017, and we hope they’ll be back to perform again for guests in June!
Our January Open Day really demonstrated the friendly community spirit we’re so proud of at the Conservatoire. As well as showing off their hard work during performances and workshops, staff and students were on hand to answer any questions potential applicants had about life at RBC throughout the day. This included the option to go on tours of the Conservatoire’s state-of-the-art facilities and university accommodation. Visiting during Open Day really does offer the best chance to get a feel for life as a student at RBC.
Until next time…
If you didn’t make it to this Open Day don’t worry, there will be another chance to experience all of this and more on Thursday 11 June 2020! You can register your interest for this event now, and we’ll be in contact when registration is open.
Even if you have visited already, or have already secured place to start in September, our Open Day events are the perfect opportunity to experience everything we have to offer and get a sense of what it’s like to study at with us. We can’t wait to welcome you to our next event, click below to register your interest for our June Open Day now.