Sir Simon Rattle, Royal Academy of Music alumnus, rehearses Bruckner with Academy Symphony Orchestra
Welcome to Conservatoires UK
CUK is the voice of conservatoire education in the UK. We represent the collective views of nine UK conservatoires. Our role is to develop best practice for training and education in the performing arts and to promote the sector’s excellence nationally and globally.
What is special and distinctive about UK conservatoire education?
For over a century Britain’s conservatoires have established a model of education which is world renowned for giving talented, ambitious young musicians, actors, dancers and arts practitioners the training, freedom and encouragement to fulfil their creative and professional aspirations in successful careers.
Creativity lies at the heart of the conservatoire experience in the UK. Performance – in all its innovative manifestations – is studied rigorously alongside vocational skills in the context of a broad cultural experience. This is designed to equip artists with the means to develop a distinctive profile that will give them a competitive edge in the fast-evolving creative industries. The high international reputation of UK conservatoires also rests on their ability to equip students with the necessary skills to mould and curate their own careers, leading to outstanding employment trajectories.
In British conservatoires ‘critical mass’ is key to the distinctive experience which attracts top young students from the UK and all over the world. The immersive experience of studying daily within large groups of fellow musicians, dancers and actors who share the same talents, ambitions, work ethic and interests is unique to the sector. Conservatoires are places where vital professional relationships are forged.