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Famous Royal College Of Music Alumni

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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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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