The Royal College of Music (RCM) in South Kensington has announced that it will be reopening to venue hire following a £40m investment. Spanning two and a half years, the project has seen a transformation of the conservatoire, which will be available to hire for events from July 2021.

The development includes a new conservatory built from a disused courtyard space that leads onto an RCM museum which houses the College’s collection and two new performance spaces. Spaces available for hire include The Britten Theatre, the Performance Studio, and the Parry Rooms.

Spaces are available for hire predominately outside of term dates; however, the RCM is able to accommodate some events during term time.

Sam Glenister-Batey, head of events and venue hire at the Royal College of Music, said: “We are thrilled to be approaching the finale of our redesign and look forward to sharing the spaces with new and existing clients alike. The new building development has been designed to the highest quality, and we are excited to see the variety of event possibilities that our spaces allow for.

“As a charity and place of education, each and every event held here with us helps to support the development of the next generation of musicians, and it is our ambition at RCM that no student should be denied an RCM education due to lack of funds. As such, part of the money raised through venue hire goes to support the RCM Scholarship Fund.”