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RWCMD 75th birthday

Penblwydd hapus RWCMD! The College is celebrating a big birthday in 2024, celebrating 75 years firing imagination and driving innovation, championing collaboration and empowering excellence in all its forms.

A welcome from our Principal Helena Gaunt

Captions for this video are available in English and Welsh.

Transformational journeys: celebrating innovation and collaboration

The College’s unique focus on craft and creative training empowers our graduates to make a real difference and step onto a global stage as collaborative, innovative artists, and active, responsible contributors to society.

This year we’ll highlight the many ways in which our alumni, and the College, have made a difference: from award-winning stage debuts straight after graduating, to design workshops with local refugees, from creating Olivier-award winning costumes, to playing harp for Alzheimer’s Society’s Music and Memory Cafe, from being the first Welsh finalist in BBC Cardiff Singer of the World in 20 years, to inspiring young people at the local inclusive cycling charity – and everything in between.

Join us this year as we look back at all we’ve achieved and look forward to what’s to come.

Future generations: sustainability and accessibility

We’re continually looking at how we can improve professional training for the future: responding to the challenges in a changing profession, making brave choices and asking fundamental questions about what modern conservatoire training looks like, and giving our students a world-class training that is rigorous, relevant and responsible.

We are dedicated to involving our community in this transformative journey. Projects such as the British Sign Language (BSL) integrated production of ‘A Christmas Carol’ and our partnership with Ramps Cymru seek to improve the representation of disabled people in our work and transform how we make it available to our audiences.

The national conservatoire of Wales: From Cardiff Castle to North Road, and back into Cardiff...

From our original site in the historic Cardiff Castle, to our North Road campus, our conservatoire has undergone significant changes. Our £22.5 million development in 2011 expanded our facilities to include world-class theatre and music performance spaces. Now, with the addition of the Old Library, RWCMD is on a transformational journey to continue to evolve and enrich the centre of Cardiff. 

We’ll be sharing stories about our new campus at the Old Library in Cardiff’s City Centre throughout the year.

RWCMD Big Birthday Appeal

When we think about our treasured RWCMD community, we recognise our loyal donors and supporters as key players in all that we are able to achieve and we are forever grateful to them. Our 75th Big Birthday Appeal will place a focus on certain priorities and our particular vision to create a deeply connected “people’s conservatoire” and we hope to inspire your continued support as well as that of new philanthropists, trusts and sponsors for:

  • Bursaries, scholarships and hardship funds
  • Teaching, residencies and partnerships with communities and industry
  • Performances, concerts and exhibitions
  • A greener and more accessible RWCMD
'The Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama is one of Wales most important institutions and has understandably built an enviable global reputation. The College’s cultural and economic significance is immense. I am delighted to help celebrate the College’s 75th birthday.'
Mark DrakefordFirst Minister of Wales

Celebrate our birthday with us

As we embark on the College’s 75th anniversary year, our venues are packed with stories that show the creative diversity and world-class quality of the work our arts centre has presented since opening in 2011. Performances to look out for include Welsh legends, theatre and opera classics, community projects and residencies, contemporary dance and physical theatre, and a focus on world-class women performers.

It starts here...

Across our 75th birthday year we're celebrating some of our alumni whose creative journey began here at RWCMD, as well as introducing you to a new generation of talent. Hear how our training has helped them, and how they are making a difference in their field and in their communities.