HRH Prince of Wales becomes President of the RWCMD

It was announced at the President’s dinner on 4thJune that the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama’s Patron, HRH The Prince of Wales, will become its President from July this year, joining a small group of organisations who share this honour.

The announcement was made at the annual Dinner, presided over by Lord Rowe-Beddoe, the College’s longest standing President, who will be stepping down after 15 years. Lord Rowe-Beddoe will continue his relationship with the College in the newly created role of Chairman Laureate.
Chair of RWCMD’s Board of Directors, John Derrick, said “We are so honoured and excited that His Royal Highness is developing his support of the College in this way and the news marks our 70th birthday in a very special way.
As our treasured Patron for the last 20 years, His Royal Highness has always taken an active and passionate interest in the progress of the College and its students and we are absolutely delighted that the relationship is deepening and will continue to grow.”
Principal, Professor Helena Gaunt, paid tribute to Lord Rowe-Beddoe, saying “When I first arrived here I was struck by the tangible impact that David has had, and continues to have, on this College.
He has been a visionary supporter of its advancement over many years. His support for our students is immeasurable. We very much look forward to working with him in his new role as the inaugural Chairman Laureate.”
His Royal Highness became the College’s Patron in 1999, prior to its royal status being granted in 2002. As an active Patron and supporter of the College, the Prince of Wales has hosted several Galas in the College’s name at Buckingham Palace. He also celebrated the final event of his own 70th birthday celebrations at the College in December last year.

The College commemorated these Birthday celebrations by announcing the renewal of the annual Prince of Wales Scholarships, which will be awarded from 2019 onwards from the College’s developing endowment, and the start of a partnership working with The Prince’s Trust. Students from the College, including its Junior Conservatoire, perform regularly for His Royal Highness and his guests at Llwynywermod, his West Wales home.

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