Guildhall School of Music and Drama

music and dramatic arts school in London, England

The Guildhall School of Music and Drama is an independent music and dramatic arts school which was founded in 1880 in London, England. Students can pursue courses in music, opera, drama and technical theatre arts.The modern Guildhall School is a major European conservatoire which is both a music school and a drama school, and one which is involved in technical theatre, professional development and music therapy.The school currently numbers almost 900 students, approximately 700 of whom are undergraduate and postgraduate music students and 175 on the acting and technical theatre programmes. In any given year, about 40% of the students are from outside the UK, typically representing over 50 nationalities.The chairman of Guildhall is David Andrew Graves (Alderman), elected a governor in 2009 he became deputy of the board and then chairman in 2012. Guildhall’s principal is Lynne Williams. A previous principal, Barry Ife, made the Guildhall School the UK's largest provider of music education to under 18s by incorporating the Centre for Young Musicians (CYM) and creating new music "hubs" in Norfolk and Somerset; he has achieved recognition for Guildhall's music outreach and opera programmes through two Queen’s Anniversary Prizes (2005 and 2007); and he has realised the school's long-held ambition to build additional facilities at Milton Court (opened September 2013), including performance venues, rehearsal and teaching spaces designed by Aedas. Ife led the Guildhall School’s application for taught-degree awarding powers, which were granted by the Privy Council in April 2014.
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