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Cultural life

Our thriving cultural scene at Royal Holloway is enjoyed by students, staff and the wider community.

The College is an important venue for 'home-grown' events involving our students such as the renowned Choir of Royal Holloway or our staff in delivering public lectures, to hosted events featuring well known performers such as The London Mozart Players and the 'Audience with' series of notable guest speakers. Throughout the year a programme of special events, outreach activities and volunteering initiatives extends the College's influence and involvement across the local area and beyond.

Public events are published online in our events calendar|.

Clarinet playerRoyal Holloway has a proud tradition of music-making with Symphony, Chamber and String Orchestras, as well as Chapel and Chamber Choirs, New Music Group, a wind band, a big band, small jazz groups and various other performing groups. There are regular lunchtime and evening music performances on campus. Some performing groups have a reputation extending well beyond the campus: the Choir of Royal Holloway, for example, broadcasts regularly on the radio and tours overseas every summer; the Symphony Orchestra performs an annual concert at St. John’s Smith Square in London.

The College plays host to an impressive array of visiting performers. Recent events range from performances by a Javanese Gamelan group and a Japanese Taiko Drumming ensemble to a masterclass and concert by Sergei Dukachev, the renowned Russian pianist. The Students’ Union also hosts functions that feature themed music events and performances by a range of rock, pop, urban and indie artists.

The Choir of Royal Holloway|

Department of  Music|

Drama productionOur renowned  Drama and Theatre and Media Arts Departments contribute to the rich cultural scene of the College by hosting visiting performers and supporting the work of students.

Drama Department productions are put on as coursework and for general interest: as a result the range is much wider than you might find in many theatres, and the Centre for Japanese Noh Drama gives you the opportunity to witness an art form which is rare to see outside Asia. The Student Workshop often stages and creates challenging and contemporary theatre in the Drama Department. It also runs the Midnight at the Boilerhouse project – a chance for writers, directors and actors to showcase new material and sketches. The Drama Society is open to all students and produces several plays a year, including the unique open air summer production performed in the Founder’s South Quad. Visit: Drama and Theatre|

Many initiatives in the field of media are student-led. Second-year Media Arts students studying avant-garde film worked with the Tate Britain in central London to organise a study day in the museum on the films of Andy Warhol. Other students studying screenwriting attended the London Film Festival and their work was exhibited at a public show.

Department of Media Arts|

Picture galleryThe famous collection of Victorian paintings at Royal Holloway was an essential element for the fulfilment of Thomas Holloway's ideal of a first-rate educational establishment. The importance he placed on the Collection illustrates a typically Victorian belief in art as the ultimate civilising influence.

The Picture Gallery is open for public viewing on certain days of the year, and tours can also be arranged by appointment. Find out more|

For details about hiring the Picture Gallery as a venue for wedding receptions, conferences and other occasions, please contact the Conference Office on 01784 443045.

To reproduce an image from our Collection please contact the Bridgeman Art Library|.

On occasions the College will loan items for exhibitions.  

Student volunteersVolunteering is a popular social activity for our students and staff, and the College runs Community Action, a programme of collaborative projects with local community organisations.

The programme hosts an annual Volunteering Fair and includes one-off events such as the national CSV Make A Difference Day, The Big Spring Clean and Volunteering Week. The annual Volunteering Fair in the Students’ Union also gives students the opportunity to meet and engage directly with a number of Community Partners.

Visit the Volunteering webpages|.


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