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Charles in college funding drive

The Prince of Wales has backed a fundraising campaign to help pay for a £25 million development of the Royal College of Music (RCM)

Charles, who has been president of the London institution for more than 20 years, has agreed to be patron of its More Music campaign.

The college, based in South Kensington opposite the Royal Albert Hall , wants to create two new performance spaces, practice rooms and a new home for its museum of music and has signed up architect John Simpson to design the new building.

Its chairman Professor Lord Winston said: "John Simpson's vision makes best use of the RCM's space and was unanimously selected by the RCM Council. In extending the language of the existing building his design showcases a sensitive response to the RCM's Victorian heritage.

"The proposed works will unlock the RCM's potential and secure its long term future as a world-leading music conservatoire."

The college was founded in 1882 by the then prince of Wales, who later became King Edward VII, and its former students include Vaughan Williams, Dame Joan Sutherland, James Galway and Julian Lloyd Webber.

RCM Fellow Nicola Benedetti said: "I am thrilled to hear of the Royal College of Music's plans to develop its facilities.

"The College is a leader in high level music education and I'm quite sure these plans will only develop this institution further, offering facilities that match its artistic ambitions and achievements.

"I hope these plans will come to fruition and that the Royal College will continue to offer future generations a rich and varied education in music."

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