Guildhall School of Music and Drama

The Guildhall School of Music and Drama is a conservatoire and drama school located in the City of London, United Kingdom. Established in 1880, the school offers undergraduate and postgraduate training in all aspects of classical music and jazz along with drama and production arts.[4] The school has students from over seventy countries.[5] Widely regarded as one of the leading performing arts institutions in the world, it was ranked first in the Complete University Guide's 2023 Arts, Drama and Music league table;[6] the number one conservatoire in The Guardian's league tables for music[7] and as the sixth university in the world for performing arts in the 2022 QS World University Rankings.[8]

Guildhall School of Music and Drama
TypeMusic conservatoire
Drama school
Established27 September 1880; 141 years ago (27 September 1880)
ChairmanGraham Packham[1]
PrincipalJonathan Vaughan[2]
PatronLord Mayor of London
Students1,060 (2019/20)[3]
Undergraduates685 (2019/20)[3]
Postgraduates370 (2019/20)[3]
OwnerCity of London Corporation

Based within the Barbican Centre in the City of London, the school currently numbers just over 1,000 students, approximately 800 of whom are music students and 200 on the drama and technical theatre programmes. The school is a member of Conservatoires UK, the European Association of Conservatoires and the Federation of Drama Schools. It also has formed a creative alliance with its neighbours, the Barbican Centre and the London Symphony Orchestra. Notable alumni of the school include Sir Bryn Terfel, Sir James Galway, Daniel Craig and Ewan McGregor.

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