Birmingham Conservatoire

Birmingham Conservatoire is part of Birmingham City University, offering higher education courses and specialised training for students in music and composition.

Student Services and Facilities

Careers advice

  • The conservatoire provides personal development planning to help students achieve their personal and professional goals.

Disability support

  • The conservatoire is fully accessible to disabled users.
  • The disability service offers advice and support to students with disabilities or in need of learning support.
  • For more information telephone +44 (0)121 331 5588 (text/voice) or email disability@bcu.ac.uk.

Students' Union

  • There is an active students’ union at Birmingham City University.
  • Students can join one of the many clubs and societies or represent the interests of the university community on the Student Council.
  • The SU Advice Centre ensures that all students have access to free, impartial and independent advice.
  • The union offers the opportunity for students to help others and gain valuable experience by volunteering on a wide range of projects.
  • There is also a packed entertainments programme, with a variety of events taking place throughout the year.


  • Founded in 1886 as the Birmingham School of Music.
  • The school joined Birmingham City University in 1970.
  • In 1989 the school was renamed as the Birmingham Conservatoire and in 2005 became a founding member of CUKAS (Conservatoires UK Admissions Service).

Notable Alumni and Famous Faces

  • Richard van Allan – opera singer
  • Fred Thelonius Baker – guitarist; bassist
  • Stephen Mark Barchan – composer, music copyist, Boosey & Hawkes, Faber Music and Schott Music
  • Dave Cliff – jazz guitarist
  • Krzysztof Czerwiński – organist; conductor/artistic director, Polish Baroque Orchestra
  • Henry Fairs – organist
  • Brian Ferneyhough – composer
  • Mark Gasser – concert pianist, Thallein Ensemble, CBSO, SSO, CSO
  • Duncan Honeybourne – pianist
  • Albert Ketèlbey – composer, conductor
  • Jim Moray – singer, producer
  • Laura Mvula ­– singer
  • Jean Rigby – opera singer
  • Rhydian Roberts – singer, runner-up in the fourth series of the British talent show The X Factor
  • Michael Seal – violinist; conductor, CBSO
  • Mike Stevens – musical director (Annie Lennox, Take That, Sugababes, Will Young, Mika, James Morrison);musician, producer, writer
  • Ian Venables – composer
  • John Webb – composer


Birmingham Conservatoire, Birmingham City University, Paradise Place, Birmingham, B3 3HG