Guildhall School of Music & Drama

Why Guildhall School of Music & Drama?

Ranked as one of the top ten performing arts institutions in the world by QS World University Rankings 2019 and recently awarded top conservatoire in the Complete University Guide Music League Table 2020, Guildhall is a global leader of creative and professional practice. The school promotes innovation, experiment and research, with more than 1,000 students in higher education, drawn from more than 70 countries around the world. 

Guildhall offers musicians, actors, stage managers and production artists an inspiring environment in which to develop as artists and professionals. A scholarship fund provides over £2m to support students each year. With partnerships between departments and with external organisations, the school creates outstanding opportunities to learn from the leading edge of creative practice. Guildhall’s professional partners include the Barbican Centre, the London Symphony Orchestra, the BBC Symphony Orchestra, the Royal Opera House and the Academy of Ancient Music.

Guildhall enjoys some of the best facilities for training in performance arts and production anywhere in the world. The recent addition of the Milton Court site adds a world-class concert hall, two theatres, studios and large rehearsal rooms to the facilities at Silk Street, within the Barbican complex.

The school’s graduates consistently succeed at the highest levels of their profession. Some become household names; others work behind the scenes to bring state-of-the-art performance to stage and screen.

International Students

Of the school’s 1,000 students, 40% come from outside Britain, representing more than 70 nationalities and bringing a truly global outlook and relevance to Guildhall.

Guildhall offers an orientation session before the start of the year, providing an opportunity to meet fellow international students and learn more about the support services available – topics covered include international student life, money matters, health and welfare, study skills, cultural awareness and managing transitions, and safety and security.

Guildhall operates a buddy scheme putting new students into contact with current students, both UK and international. Buddies write to new students before the start of the autumn term, sharing tips on adjusting to living and studying in a new environment, and are available to offer advice and support throughout the academic year.

International students are given priority for accommodation in Sundial Court, located within a three-minute walk from the campus.

What Students Say:

"One of the most attractive things about the School is the variety of people and cultures, helping me to feel at home."

Susana Gaspar, Vocal Studies

Quick Facts

  • One of the top ten performing arts institutions in the world, QS World University Rankings 2019
  • Top-ranked conservatoire in the Complete University Guide Music League Table 2020
  • 40% of students are from outside the UK
  • A scholarship fund provides over £2m to support students each year
  • Undergraduate and postgraduate programmes in music, acting, production arts (stage management, costume, design realisation or theatre technology) and video design for live performance
  • Notable acting alumni include Lily James (Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again), Jodie Whittaker (Doctor Who), Michelle Dockery (Downton Abbey), Daniel Craig (James Bond), Damian Lewis (Homeland), Michaela Coel (Chewing Gum), Ewan McGregor (Star Wars) and Hayley Atwell (Captain America/The Avengers)
  • Music alumni include Beatles producer Sir George Martin, pianist Sa Chen, trumpeter Alison Balsom, opera singers Sir Bryn Terfel and Roderick Williams, violinist Tasmin Little, and jazz musicians Shabaka Hutchings and Zara McFarlane

Contact

Address

Silk Street, City, EC2Y 8DT

Student Testimonials

"One of the most attractive things about the School is the variety of people and cultures, helping me to feel at home."