Director of the Royal College of Music to Retire in 2024

By Afton Wooten

Professor Colin Lawson, the director of the Royal College of Music (RCM) has announced he will retire from the position in 2024.

Lawson has led the Royal College of Music since 2005, where he has one transformative and sustained a period of growth for the RCM. Under his leadership, the school was ranked as one of the top global institutions for performing arts (QS World University Rankings 2022). Lawson has increased access to digital learning, global partnerships, scholarships, and a £40 million campus redevelopment during the pandemic.

In an email to staff, he said, “It remains an extraordinary and humbling experience to lead the Royal College of Music, and a tremendous honour to work with such talented colleagues and students across the institution – one that I will proudly continue with the utmost dedication and vigour.”

In preparation for Lawson’s leave, there will be an international search for the next RCM director, with consultants appointed to support the process.