New building plans for London’s Royal College of Music – £25million pounds worth – have been announced today. Architect John Simpson appointed to ‘reimagine’ the building.
First artist impressions of the new courtyard development accompany plans to create two new performance areas with digital capture and distribution facilities, practice rooms and a new permanent home for the college’s Museum of Music.
It’s hoped the performance spaces with a capacity of 150+ and 90+ seats will be used for rehearsals, masterclasses, performances, and community workshops – a move which sees the college further open up the destination to members of the public.
The development of recording and broadcasting facilities are particularly interesting, echoing those unveiled by Wigmore Hall a few months ago. It’s hoped that the RCM will be able to broadcast more live concerts, enabling people across the world to listen to music-making at the college.
The £25million needed to fund the transformation will be funded by the RCM’s More Music fundraising campaign, of which HRH Prince Charles has agreed to be the patron.