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List Rules People on this list must have gone to Royal College of Music and be of some renown.

List of famous alumni from Royal College of Music, with photos when available. Prominent graduates from Royal College of Music include celebrities, politicians, business people, athletes and more. This list of distinguished Royal College of Music alumni is loosely ordered by relevance, so the most recognizable celebrities who attended Royal College of Music are at the top of the list. This directory is not just composed of graduates of this school, as some of the famous people on this list didn't necessarily earn a degree from Royal College of Music.

This list is made up of many different graduates, including Mika and James Horner.

This list answers the questions “Which famous people went to Royal College of Music?” and “Which celebrities are Royal College of Music alumni?”

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Leopold Stokowski is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Royal College Of Music Alumni
Leopold Stokowski Conductor, Organist Leopold Anthony Stokowski was a British conductor of Polish and Irish descent. One of the leading conductors of the early and mid-20th Century, he is best known for his long association with the ...more

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Benjamin Britten is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Royal College Of Music Alumni
Benjamin Britten Conductor, Film Score Composer, Pianist Edward Benjamin Britten, Baron Britten, OM CH was an English composer, conductor and pianist. He was a central figure of 20th-century British classical music, with a range of works including ...more

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Peter Pears is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Royal College Of Music Alumni
Peter Pears Opera Singer, Librettist, Singer Sir Peter Neville Luard Pears CBE was an English tenor. His career was closely associated with the composer Benjamin Britten, his personal and professional partner for nearly forty years. ...more

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Mika is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Royal College Of Music Alumni
Mika Songwriter, Musician, Singer-songwriter Mika, stylized as MIKA, is a Lebanese-British singer and songwriter. After recording his first extended play, Dodgy Holiday, Mika was named the number-one predicted breakthrough act of 2007 in ...more

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Michael Tippett is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Royal College Of Music Alumni
Michael Tippett Conductor, Composer Sir Michael Kemp Tippett OM CH CBE was an English composer who rose to prominence during and immediately after the Second World War. In his lifetime he was sometimes ranked with his contemporary ...more

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Rick Wakeman is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Royal College Of Music Alumni
Rick Wakeman Film Score Composer, Songwriter, Musician Richard Christopher "Rick" Wakeman is an English keyboard player and songwriter best known for being the former keyboardist in the progressive rock band Yes. He is also known for his ...more

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Summer Watson is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Royal College Of Music Alumni
Summer Watson Singer Summer Watson is a British operatic soprano.

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Ralph Vaughan Williams is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Royal College Of Music Alumni
Ralph Vaughan Williams Librettist, Composer Ralph Vaughan Williams OM was an English composer of symphonies, chamber music, opera, choral music, and film scores. He was also a collector of English folk music and song; this collecting ...more

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Malcolm Arnold is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Royal College Of Music Alumni
Malcolm Arnold Conductor, Film Score Composer, Trumpeter Sir Malcolm Henry Arnold, CBE was an English composer. He gained a reputation for composing light music, film scores, works for theatre, ballets and symphonies.

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Trevor Pinnock is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Royal College Of Music Alumni
Trevor Pinnock Conductor, Harpsichordist Trevor David Pinnock CBE is an English harpsichordist and conductor. He is best known for his association with the period-performance orchestra The English Concert which he helped found and ...more

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James Horner is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Royal College Of Music Alumni
James Horner Conductor, Film Score Composer, Actor James Roy Horner is an American composer, conductor, and orchestrator of film music. He is noted for the integration of choral and electronic elements in many of his film scores, and for ...more

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James Galway is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Royal College Of Music Alumni
James Galway Conductor, Flautist Sir James Galway, OBE is a virtuoso flute player from Belfast, Northern Ireland, nicknamed "The Man With the Golden Flute". Following in the footsteps of Jean-Pierre Rampal, he became ...more

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Laurence Cummings is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Royal College Of Music Alumni
Laurence Cummings Conductor, Harpsichordist Laurence Cummings, MA, ARCM, FRCO, HonRAM is a British harpsichordist, organist, and conductor. Cummings was educated at Solihull School, Christ Church, Oxford and the Royal College of Music. ...more

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Gilbert Rowland is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Royal College Of Music Alumni
Gilbert Rowland Harpsichordist Gilbert Rowland is a Scottish harpsichordist. His father was second in command to the Viceroy of India during the days of the British Empire. He studied at the Royal College of Music, under ...more

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Thurston Dart is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Royal College Of Music Alumni
Thurston Dart Harpsichordist Robert Thurston Dart, was a British musicologist, conductor and keyboard player. From 1964 he was Professor of Music at King's College London. Dart studied keyboard instruments at the Royal ...more

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Grace Williams is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Royal College Of Music Alumni
Grace Williams Grace Mary Williams was a Welsh composer.

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Owain Arwel Hughes is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Royal College Of Music Alumni
Owain Arwel Hughes Conductor Owain Arwel Hughes CBE is a Welsh orchestral conductor. Hughes was born in Ton Pentre, Rhondda, the son of another successful musician, composer Arwel Hughes. He studied at Howardian High ...more

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Annea Lockwood is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Royal College Of Music Alumni
Annea Lockwood Composer Annea Lockwood is a New Zealand born American composer. She taught electronic music at Vassar College. Her work often involves recordings of natural found sounds. She has also recorded ...more

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Don Arden is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Royal College Of Music Alumni
Don Arden Impresario, Talent agent, Businessperson Don Arden was a British music manager, agent, and businessman best known for overseeing the careers of the rock groups Small Faces, the Move, the Electric Light Orchestra and Black Sabbath. He ...more

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Roger Norrington is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Royal College Of Music Alumni
Roger Norrington Conductor Sir Roger Arthur Carver Norrington, is a British conductor. He is the son of Sir Arthur Norrington and his brother is Humphrey Thomas Norrington. Norrington studied at The Royal Conservatory of ...more

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Vanessa-Mae is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Royal College Of Music Alumni
Vanessa-Mae Record producer, Alpine skier, Musician Vanessa-Mae, is a British violinist with album sales reaching several million, having made her the wealthiest entertainer under 30 in the United Kingdom in 2006. She competed under the name ...more

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Andrew Lloyd Webber is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Royal College Of Music Alumni
Andrew Lloyd Webber Impresario, Film Score Composer, Theatre Director Andrew Lloyd Webber, Baron Lloyd-Webber is an English composer and impresario of musical theatre. Several of his musicals have run for more than a decade both in the West End and on Broadway. He ...more

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Christian Lindberg is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Royal College Of Music Alumni
Christian Lindberg Trombonist Christian Lindberg is a Swedish trombonist, conductor and composer, born in Danderyd. He is widely considered as one of the best trombonists of all time and the first one to maintain a ...more

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David Garrett is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Royal College Of Music Alumni
David Garrett Violinist David Garrett is a record-breaking German pop and crossover violinist and recording artist.

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Jennifer Paull is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Royal College Of Music Alumni
Jennifer Paull Publisher, Musician, Lecturer Jennifer Irène Paull is a musician, publisher, lecturer, and author. Jennifer Paull was born in Liverpool, England, 24 November 1944, as Jennifer Irène Schulcz. Her father changed ...more

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Gustav Holst is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Royal College Of Music Alumni
Gustav Holst Music pedagogue, Composer Gustav Theodore Holst was an English composer, arranger and teacher. Best known for his orchestral suite The Planets, he composed a large number of other works across a range of genres, although ...more

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Joan Sutherland is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Royal College Of Music Alumni
Joan Sutherland Opera Singer, Dramatic colouratura Dame Joan Alston Sutherland OM, AC, DBE was an Australian dramatic coloratura soprano noted for her contribution to the renaissance of the bel canto repertoire from the late 1950s through to the ...more

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Arthur Benjamin is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Royal College Of Music Alumni
Arthur Benjamin Conductor, Film Score Composer, Pianist Arthur Leslie Benjamin was an Australian composer, pianist, conductor and teacher. He is best known as the composer of Jamaican Rumba, composed in 1938.

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Natalia Luis-Bassa is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Royal College Of Music Alumni
Natalia Luis-Bassa Conductor Natalia Luis-Bassa is a conductor who lives and works in England, where she is Musical Director of the Wellington College Symphony Orchestra in Berkshire and the Hallam Sinfonia in Sheffield.

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Gwyneth Jones is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Royal College Of Music Alumni
Gwyneth Jones Singer Dame Gwyneth Jones, DBE is a Welsh dramatic soprano.

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Lindsay Cooper is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Royal College Of Music Alumni
Lindsay Cooper Film Score Composer, Musician, Oboist Lindsay Cooper was an English bassoon and oboe player, composer and political activist. Best known for her work with the band Henry Cow, she was also a member of Comus, National Health, News ...more

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Colin Davis is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Royal College Of Music Alumni
Colin Davis Conductor, Clarinetist Sir Colin Rex Davis, CH, CBE was an English conductor. He was particularly noted for his advocacy of the music of Hector Berlioz and of Michael Tippett.

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Rebecca Clarke is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Royal College Of Music Alumni
Rebecca Clarke Composer, Violist Rebecca Clarke was an English classical composer and violist best known for her chamber music featuring the viola. She was born in Harrow and studied at the Royal Academy of Music and Royal ...more

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Eugen d'Albert is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Royal College Of Music Alumni
Eugen d'Albert Pianist, Composer Eugen Francois Charles d'Albert was a Scottish-born German pianist and composer. Educated in Britain, d'Albert showed early musical talent and, at the age of seventeen, he won a scholarship to ...more

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Clemency Burton-Hill is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Royal College Of Music Alumni
Clemency Burton-Hill Journalist, Novelist, Model Clemency Margaret Greatrex Burton is an English actress, novelist, musician, journalist and radio presenter.

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Hamish MacCunn is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Royal College Of Music Alumni
Hamish MacCunn Conductor, Composer Hamish MacCunn was a Scottish Romantic composer, conductor and teacher. His opera Diarmid was produced at Covent Garden on 23 October 1897. His other music includes cantatas, concert overtures, ...more

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George Thalben-Ball is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Royal College Of Music Alumni
George Thalben-Ball Organist Sir George Thomas Thalben-Ball CBE was an organist and composer who, though originally from Australia, spent most of his life in Britain. Born in Sydney, of Cornish parents who brought him back ...more

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Edward Shearmur is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Royal College Of Music Alumni
Edward Shearmur Film Score Composer, Musician Edward Shearmur is a British film composer. Born in London, England, at age 7 he sang in the boys' choir at Westminster Cathedral. Educated at Eton College, he studied at the Royal College of ...more

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Paul Williams is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Royal College Of Music Alumni
Paul Williams Pianist, Composer Paul Williams is an English composer and pianist.

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Zoe Zeniodi is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Royal College Of Music Alumni
Zoe Zeniodi Conductor, Pianist Zoe Zeniodi is Artistic Director and Principal Conductor of the Broward Symphony Orchestra and the Alhambra Orchestra. She is cover conductor for the Florida Grand Opera and has conducted the ...more

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Frank Bridge is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Royal College Of Music Alumni
Frank Bridge Composer, Violist Frank Bridge was an English composer, violist and conductor.

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Caroline Lavelle is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Royal College Of Music Alumni
Caroline Lavelle Composer, Singer Caroline Lavelle is a British singer-songwriter and cellist who has created three solo albums and contributed vocals, music, and production help to many other artists and bands.

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Ralph Downes is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Royal College Of Music Alumni
Ralph Downes Organist Ralph William Downes CBE was an English organist, organ designer, teacher and music director and was Professor of Organ in the Royal College of Music. Downes was born in Derby and studied at the ...more

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Laurie Johnson is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous Royal College Of Music Alumni
Laurie Johnson Film Score Composer, Bandleader, Composer Laurence Reginald Ward Johnson MBE is an English film and television composer, and bandleader.

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William Lloyd Webber is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous Royal College Of Music Alumni
William Lloyd Webber Composer, Organist William Southcombe Lloyd Webber CBE was an English organist and composer.

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Nicholas Tollervey is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous Royal College Of Music Alumni
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Eugene Aynsley Goossens is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous Royal College Of Music Alumni
Eugene Aynsley Goossens Conductor Sir Eugene Aynsley Goossens was an English conductor and composer.

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Christopher Tin is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous Royal College Of Music Alumni
Christopher Tin Film Score Composer, Composer Christopher Tin is an American composer whose work is primarily classical with a world music influence. He is a composer for films, video games, and commercials and has won two Grammy Awards for ...more

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Roger Smalley is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous Royal College Of Music Alumni
Roger Smalley Conductor, Pianist, Professor Roger Smalley AM is a British–Australian composer, pianist and conductor. Professor Smalley is currently a senior honorary research fellow at the School of Music, University of Western Australia ...more

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Richard Harvey is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous Royal College Of Music Alumni
Richard Harvey Film Score Composer, Musician, Composer Richard Harvey is a BAFTA Award–winning British musician and composer. Originally of the mediaevalist progressive rock group Gryphon, he is best known now for his film and television ...more