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Welcome!

Below you’ll find a choice of presentations and Q&A sessions on a range of topics designed for you to find out what it’s like to study at Royal Birmingham Conservatoire.

Watch our welcome talk to find out about our proud history, state-of-the-art facilities, and what our students go on to achieve. Hear from our Interim Principal Dr Shirley Thompson; our Vice-Principal and Head of Acting Professor Stephen Simms; and our Interim Vice-Principal of Music Dr Simon Hall, and find out more about how we can help you develop during your time as a student at Royal Birmingham Conservatoire.

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Watch the replays

Below you’ll find a range of replays from our open day that took place on Thursday 17 June 2021. These include presentations and Q&A sessions on a range of topics from course-specific talks, to student finance. Click on the ‘Watch replay’ links to see replays of the sessions that you are most interested in.

Course Q&A sessions

Watch replays of Q&A sessions with our academic team. You’ll get to hear more about your course in depth, directly from the staff that might be teaching you. You’ll have the chance to see questions asked by attendees via our text chat from the live event.

  • BMus (Performance, Composition or Music Technology) Course

    9:45 - 10:45am

    Pathways covered: BMus (Hons) Performance (instrumental or vocal), BMus (Hons) Composition, or BMus (Hons) Music Technology.

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  • Postgraduate Taught Courses – Music

    9:45 - 10:45am

    Courses covered: Brass Band Conducting, Choral Conducting, Composition, Experimental Performance, Instrumental Performance, Jazz, Music Technology, Musicology, Orchestral Conducting, Orchestral Performance (Strings), Professional Performance, Vocal Performance.

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  • Undergraduate Acting Courses

    10:45 - 11:45am

    Live from our campus

    Courses covered: BA (Hons) Acting.

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  • Postgraduate Research – PhD and MA Musicology

    11:45am - 12:45pm

    Courses covered: Conservatoire Research Degrees, Musicology.

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  • Applied Theatre

    12 - 1pm

    Courses covered: Applied Theatre (Community and Education).

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  • Postgraduate Courses – MFA Acting

    12 - 1pm

    Courses covered: MFA Acting.

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  • Postgraduate Courses – MA Acting

    12:45 - 1:45pm

    Live from our campus

    Courses covered: MA Acting.

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  • Jazz Department and Jazz Courses

    12:45 - 1:45pm

    Live from our campus

    Courses covered: Jazz undergraduate and postgraduate courses.

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  • Foundation Acting

    1 - 2pm

    Courses covered: Foundation Actor Training.

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  • Postgraduate Courses – MA Professional Voice Practice

    1:30 - 2:30pm

    Courses covered: Professional Voice Practice.

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  • Stage Management

    2 - 3pm

    Courses covered: Stage Management.

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Department Q&A sessions

Browse Q&A sessions focused on the Departments at Royal Birmingham Conservatoire. In each session you’ll get to hear about the area of study from staff that lead or teach in that Department. You’ll also get to hear from our students and see the questions posed to them via our text chat.

  • Woodwind (including Saxophone)

    10:45 - 11:45am

    Live from our campus

    We offer a wide range of experiences for our students, as soloists, in orchestras and as chamber musicians.

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  • Strings

    10:45 - 11:45am

    Live from our campus

    Our Strings Department offers a bold and varied performance programme with a wide-ranging agenda of solo, chamber music and orchestral performance opportunities, many internal and external recital possibilities and frequent visits from international artists and visiting tutors.

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  • Music Technology

    12:15 - 1:15pm

    Taught by a range of leading industry professionals, you will be surrounded by performers, composers and researchers of the very highest quality from across an array of musical disciplines.

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  • Brass

    12:45 - 1:45pm

    Live from our campus

    Our team of brass tutors has the expertise to address all areas of performance and technique by helping you to diversify your skills in orchestral and band instruments, as well as jazz and early music.

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  • Keyboard

    12:45 - 1:45pm

    Live from our campus

    Welcome to one of Europe’s most distinguished Keyboard Departments, where students thrive in a busy environment full of events, classes, concerts and opportunities.

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  • Guitar

    1 - 2pm

    Guitar tuition is designed to equip you with all the skills required to enter the music profession. You’ll cover a broad spectrum of repertoire, complemented by masterclasses with visiting artists.

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  • Organ

    2 - 3pm

    Led by internationally-acclaimed organist and tutor Daniel Moult, as well as other stellar staff, Royal Birmingham Conservatoire enjoys a reputation as a leading European centre for organ studies.

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  • Percussion

    2 - 3pm

    Our syllabus is carefully designed to cover everything from classical to commercial, contemporary to rock and pop, Cuban to folk, ballet to opera and outreach to solo percussion.

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  • Composition

    2 - 3:15pm

    Through individual tuition and small classes you will develop an understanding of differing compositional styles, particularly contemporary art music, pop, jazz and fusion, experimental and conceptual music.

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  • Harp

    2:30 - 3:30pm

    Principal Harp Tutor, Rita Schindler, gives a weekly lesson to all first study harpists and works with each student to devise a stylised course, ensuring a progressive range of techniques are mastered.

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  • Recorder and Historical Performance

    2:45 - 3:30pm

    The Historical Performance Department shares many projects with the Recorder Department. You’ll have the opportunity to study a period instrument or to have stylistic awareness lessons with specialist tutors.

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  • Vocal & Operatic

    2:45 - 3:45pm

    Live from our campus

    Receiving extensive tuition from world-class teachers and professionals you can expect to have a wide variety of performance opportunities - including the chance to perform in our staged productions.

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  • Jazz - meet the students

    2:45 - 3:45pm

    Live from our campus

    The Jazz Department’s aim is to create a stimulating and inspiring culture for jazz musicians. We place a great deal of emphasis on artistic exchange between students and staff.

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  • Folk session

    3 - 3:30pm

    The Folk Ensemble’s energetic and powerful live sets are a sight to behold, featuring an 18-piece horn section, five cellists, seven percussionists and five electric guitarists, plus fiddles, flutes, clarinets, euphonium, and accordions!

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Finance

Postgraduate - 9:15 to 9:45am

Undergraduate - 9:15 to 9:45am

Finance is a major factor when making decisions about studying a degree. This session aims to address issues that may be worrying you about your financial options while studying at university.

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Postgraduate Undergraduate

Accommodation

11 to 11:45am

We’ll take you through the range of accommodation options available, as well as the application process and key deadlines.

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Admissions Q&A

3:30 to 4pm

Learn more about the Admissions process and see questions asked in the live session, including entry requirements, qualifications, offers and the application process.

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International Q&A

3:45 to 4:15pm

Our dedicated International team are here to answer your questions, and to give an overview of what it’s like to study at the RBC as an international student.

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Our Facilities

Get your first impression of our campus and experience the fantastic facilities it has to offer. We’ve invested £340 million in our facilities across Birmingham City University and are proud to show you around.

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  • Accommodation

  • Birmingham

  • Student support

  • Finance

Accommodation

Find your home from home at BCU. We offer eight halls of residence options, ranging from on-campus to inner-city living. You can take a virtual tour of each accommodation option to find the one for you.

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Birmingham

The UK’s second city is a vibrant, exciting place to live and study in – and we’ve got the youngest population in Europe! Join our community to discover world-class restaurants, shopping, and socialising.

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Student support

From disability and mental health support to CV and job interview training, BCU ensures you have all you need during your time here – and beyond – to succeed and flourish in your studies and career.

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Finance

Fees, funding, budgeting, money management – we can help you get to grips with it all. We're here to help you with any questions or problems you may have, both before and during your time as a student here.

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