Who We Are

Who We Are

The Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama is the National Conservatoire of Wales. It contributes to the cultural identity of Cardiff and Wales and attracts some of the most gifted students from around the world.

We provide specialist practical and performance-based training in music and drama and compete alongside an international peer group of conservatoires and specialist arts colleges for the best students globally, enabling students to enter and influence the world of music, theatre and related professions.


Artistic Voice

The College educates some of the most talented students from around the world, aiming to give them not just the technical and craft skills they’ll need to succeed at the top levels of the profession, but also to help them to develop their individual artistic ‘voice’.


Creative Diversity

The College’s events calendar encompasses over 400 public performances every year including orchestral concerts, recitals, drama, opera and musical theatre. The creative diversity of the College ensures a stimulating environment and broad experience for students of all disciplines.


Pushing Boundaries

Our dedicated teachers have a wealth of professional and industry experience and the College collaborates with a number of high-profile arts organisations, including Welsh National Opera, BBC NOW, visiting artists and directors, to ensure that the unique vocational nature of our training programmes reflect the current practices and conditions of the professional world.

The College is constantly pushing boundaries with innovative and exciting programmes of study tailored to the demands of contemporary arts and creative industries. The focus is always on the future and we take immense pride in the world-class talent of our students.

Snapshot of a Year

How can we best track and measure the difference we make? We certainly don’t have a full picture yet, but we’re on a journey and will continue to share our progress with you. Read more in our report below. Please contact us if you need the report in any other format. 


Snapshot report cover English