Guildhall School of Music and Drama

Guildhall School of Music and Drama offers musicians, actors, stage managers and theatre technicians an inspiring environment in which to develop as artists and professionals. It has professional partnerships with the Barbican Centre, the London Symphony Orchestra, the BBC Symphony Orchestra, the Royal Opera House and the Academy of Ancient Music.

City Centre
City Centre

In or close to the centre of a city


Specialises in a single subject area, or a small range of subjects

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Student Statistics

Student population


Level of study

  • Undergraduate 62%
  • Postgraduate 38%

Mode of study

  • Full Time 92%
  • Part Time 8%

Where students come from

  • UK 67%
  • EU 17%
  • Other 17%

Student gender

  • Male 43%
  • Female 57%

Student Services and Facilities


  • The library has one of the most extensive specialised collections of music and drama, print and electronic resources in Europe.

Student jobs

  • The Guildhall School is based in central London, and with the city's countless shops and thriving tourism industry, part-time jobs are available for students.

Careers advice

  • Students at Guildhall not only receive a high standard of teaching but have numerous opportunities to work on performances and develop practical experience in their respective creative fields.
  • Students are invited to career development and employability sessions by their department, and the Student Affairs Department offers a programme of cross-school employability support to students and recent graduates.
  • Employability events focus on personal and professional development, with seminars and workshops on topics such as setting up a creative enterprise, applying for funding, establishing an international career, and marketing and self-promotion, as well as advice appointments on CVs, cover letters and job applications.

Health services

  • Guildhall's Student Affairs team provide services including health and welfare advice, physiotherapy and Alexander Technique, as well as financial and accommodation advice.

Counselling services

  • Guildhall's counselling service is a free and confidential service available to all students at the school. There are currently ten counsellors.

Disability support

  • The school provides confidential advice and support to both prospective and enrolled students with disabilities – including physical disabilities, sensory impairments, specific learning differences, long-term medical conditions and mental health requirements.
  • It promotes an inclusive and enabling learning environment and encourages applications from students with disabilities or specific learning differences.
  • Support can include individual consultation and supportive sessions, screening for specific learning differences, a programme of specialist study skills tuition within the school, and assessments, recommendations and adjustments of residential and learning environments.

Other services and facilities

Specific course facilities include the following:

  • The Milton Court building, with concert hall, lyric theatre, studio theatre and several major rehearsal rooms.
  • The Grade II-listed Silk Street with a more intimate music hall, dedicated lecture recital room, a flexible theatre, theatrical workshops and labs, electronic music studios, recording and sound studios, and over 40 teaching and practice rooms.
  • An annexe has a further 44 teaching and practice rooms, and the school's Audio Visual Department provides audio and video production facilities, as well as an industry-standard recording studio.

Students' Union

  • The Guildhall Students' Union is led by a full-time president, elected annually.
  • The president of the Students' Union is a member of the school's Board of Governors and sits on the majority of school committees with the many student representatives, who gather feedback from current students on all aspects of their experience at the school.
  • The Students' Union is at the centre of Guildhall's social scene, and offers many clubs and societies including the Guildhall Pride Society, the Christian Union, the Pops Orchestra and the increasingly successful Guildhall Football Team. Other activities include paintballing, trips to concerts, BBQs and more.


  • The Guildhall School of Music was founded in 1880, and with 62 part-time students it was the first municipal music college in Great Britain. Full-time courses were introduced by public request in 1920. Departments of Speech, Voice and Acting were added and by 1935 the School had added '& Drama' to its title.
  • The School moved to its current Grade II-listed building in the architecturally-renowned Barbican Centre in 1977.
  • The School unveiled the newly redeveloped Milton Court building in 2013, which houses world-class performance and training spaces including a concert hall, a lyric theatre, a studio theatre and several major rehearsal rooms.

Fascinating Fact

  • The Guildhall School of Music and Drama was the starting point for James Bond actor, Daniel Craig.

Notable Alumni and Famous Faces

  • Daniel Craig – actor notable for performances as James Bond, including a guest appearance at London 2012 Olympics.
  • Ewan McGregor – actor who came to prominence with Trainspotting, also a UNICEF ambassador.
  • Jodie Whittaker – actress, best known for her roles in Broadchurch and as the new star of Doctor Who.
  • Michaela Coel – poet and BAFTA-winning actress for her role in the TV show, Chewing Gum.
  • Sir Bryn Terfel – opera and concert singer.
  • Alison Balsom – award-winning trumpet soloist.
  • Mica Levi – singer, songwriter, BAFTA- and Academy-Award-nominated composer, and winner of a European Film Award for best composer.
  • Tasmin Little – award-winning classical violinist.
  • Neil Austin – award-winning lighting designer, and winner of the Olivier Award for Best Lighting Design for 'Harry Potter and the Cursed Child'.
  • Judy Craymer MBE – creator producer of musical theatre, notable for Mamma Mia!


Guildhall School of Music and Drama, Silk Street, Barbican, London, EC2Y 8DT