The Royal College of Music
The Royal College of Music on Prince Consort Road, London, was founded by royal charter in 1883, and was officially opened on May 7th of that year, as a replacement for the failing and unpopular National Training School For Music. The purpose of the College, as stated by the Prince Consort, was to offer free musical teaching and development to those British musicians who were talented enough to win a scholarship.
For the duration of its life, The Royal College of Music has been heavily linked and associated with the Royal family and monarchy, the Queen Mother being the previous president of the College (a position now filled by the Prince of Wales), and Queen Elizabeth II being the College's current patron. It has also produced many highly successful and famous musicians, composers and conductors, including Gustav Holst, Andrew Lloyd Webber, and Grammy award winning classical guitarist John Williams.
These days, the College teaches a wide range of subjects on Western Classical Music, from undergraduate level to a full doctoral, and even holds 'junior classes' every Saturday, where children between the ages of 8 and 18 can learn the joys of music. The Royal College of Music also boasts a particularly impressive collection of instruments in its museum - over 800 instruments, dating all the way from 1480 to the current day, including the world's oldest surviving keyboard!