Maestros come together for duet

September 20, 2002

After years of harmonious informal collaboration, the Royal College of Music and Royal Holloway's music department have announced a strategic partnership, writes Tony Tysome.

An agreement to be signed next week by RCM director Dame Janet Ritterman and Royal Holloway principal Stephen Hill is expected to open new opportunities for students and staff at both institutions.

Initially, it will mean shared supervision of doctoral students and will allow Royal Holloway music undergraduates to study with RCM professors.

A joint MMus in performance was being designed to combine "the highest standards of musical achievement with some of the most innovative areas of musicological scholarship", a spokeswoman said.

Dame Janet said: "There have been many collaborations (between the two institutions) at an individual level for years, but now that will happen automatically as it becomes part of course provision. We will be able to jointly develop the masters field in such a way that we can offer a balance between performance and academic study in more varied ways."

There were no plans for the two institutions to move any closer together, although Dame Janet did not rule this out in the longer term.

The RCM, the only English music conservatoire that can award its own degrees under its royal charter, is celebrating its 120th year. Its alumni include conductor Sir Colin Davis, flautist James Galway and opera diva Dame Joan Sutherland.

Royal Holloway's music department was the highest rated in the University of London in last year's research assessment exercise. It was one of only three to receive a 5* rating, in 1996 and in 2001.

Alumni include opera stars Dame Felicity Lott and Susan Bullock, and BBC Radio 3 controller Roger Wright.

You've reached your article limit.

Register to continue

Registration is free and only takes a moment. Once registered you can read a total of 3 articles each month, plus:

  • Sign up for the editor's highlights
  • Receive World University Rankings news first
  • Get job alerts, shortlist jobs and save job searches
  • Participate in reader discussions and post comments
Register

Have your say

Log in or register to post comments

Most Commented

James Fryer illustration (27 July 2017)

It is not Luddism to be cautious about destroying an academic publishing industry that has served us well, says Marilyn Deegan

Jeffrey Beall, associate professor and librarian at the University of Colorado Denver

Creator of controversial predatory journals blacklist says some peers are failing to warn of dangers of disreputable publishers

Hand squeezing stress ball
Working 55 hours per week, the loss of research periods, slashed pensions, increased bureaucracy, tiny budgets and declining standards have finally forced Michael Edwards out
Kayaker and jet skiiers

Nazima Kadir’s social circle reveals a range of alternative careers for would-be scholars, and often with better rewards than academia

hole in ground

‘Drastic action’ required to fix multibillion-pound shortfall in Universities Superannuation Scheme, expert warns